When dealing with a high ankle sprain, extra effort needs to be given to the assessment and initial treatment phase of your recovery. High sprained ankles are considered to be more challenging to treat than most other common types of ankle sprains, due to the complexity and location of the injury.
Individuals who are suffering from a high ankle sprain have actually sprained the thick connective tissue that connects the distal ends of the tibia and fibula, the bones in your lower leg. The injured area is in fact higher than the ankle, and usually appears to be less severe symptom-wise.
Pain is typically experienced on the side and front portion of the injured leg, especially when rotating the limb or pivoting. Swelling and bruising may also be present, but tend to show up less than in more common ankle sprains.
Syndesmotic sprains occur most often in high intensity, contact sports, such as football, basketball, or hockey. With this type of sprain, the challenge is usually in deciding whether or not to surgically repair the injured ligament, before starting the individual with a rehabilitation program.
If you have any doubts about your high ankle sprain injury, it’s always best to visit a doctor before getting started with your rehabilitation. They’ll be able to take an x-ray to rule out any broken or fractured bones, and may also order a CT scan to check out the ligament damage visually.
If the syndesmosis ligament has been pulled away from the bone far enough to affect overall stability, the doctor may suggest surgery as a means to stabilize the ligament as it begins to heal. A boot might also be placed on your ankle for the first week or so of your recovery, to help with protection and strength.
Beyond Initial Assessment: High Ankle Sprain Treatment
Once you’ve taken the time to get your high ankle sprain properly diagnosed and evaluated, the same recovery principles as a more common ankle sprain apply. If initial swelling remains, self-massage and contrast therapy – two highly effective, unique swelling reduction techniques – can be used to help speed up your body’s natural filtering and recovery process.
Without pushing your body too far, a proactive approach should be taken when recovering from any type of ankle sprain. Progressively introducing a mix of range-of-motion movements, basic stretches, balancing improvement techniques, and ankle circles, as well as a handful of strength training movements, will help supercharge your recovery, and get you back to your favorite sports and activities much faster.
Due to the complexity of the scheduling, organization, exercises, and techniques, we’ve spent hundreds of hours putting together our own, at-home, online rehabilitation program, which steps you through each stage and phase of recovering from an ankle sprain in as short amount of time as possible.
ACT – which stands for active, corrective, therapy – is done in the comfort of your own home, with very minimal supplies. The program streamlines your entire treatment, and makes it incredibly easy to follow.
I‘ll personally be walking you through the entire recovery process, step-by-step, starting with your initial treatment, all the way through to stretching and re-strengthening your ankle.
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