You have heard of an ankle sprain, but how does that differ from a high ankle sprain. This term has become very popular of late, due to numerous athletes, like Eli Manning of the NY Giants, who have suffered from this condition.
A traditional ankle sprain is a stretching of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, but a high ankle sprain is a sprain of the ligaments above the ankle joint. This is the area between the tibia and fibula, the two long bones of the leg.
This type of an ankle sprain is more common in athletes and requires a twisting, rotational force that is applied along the ankle. The foot is turned outward and the leg rotates around the foot, during this type of injury. This type of sprain is usually more serious than the traditional (lateral) ankle sprain.
One should not take sprains lightly. It is very possible that one can have a concomitant fracture. This is why one should never ignore an ankle sprain. An X-ray is definitely needed to rule out a fracture of the ankle/foot. If a fracture is not present, then the high ankle sprain needs to be treated slightly more aggressively than a regular sprain. This is treated with a soft cast and a walking boot. Ice should be applied three times a day for twenty minutes and if the area is painful and/or swollen, an anti-inflammatory will be prescribed. On the average it will take at least six weeks to return to regular sport activity in a high ankle sprain.
If you are suffering from this type of injury, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists of Piscataway and Hillsborough, NJ will get you back playing your sport quickly as possible.