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A 18-year-old female asked:

How is a high ankle sprain treated?

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Dr. Robert Hadfield
Podiatry 14 years experience
It Depends: There are differing opinions with this subject. But a high ankle sprain needs to be immobilized, usually in a boot, sometimes walking and others using crutches to start with. The recovery time is usually longer than a standard ankle sprain. On occasion if there is a major tear of the ligament, surgery can be needed to fix it.
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5 stages of treatment: High ankle sprains are much less common but are more disabling than your traditional lower ankle sprain Treatment is carried out in stages 1 - Injury Protection: Pain Relief & Anti-inflammatory 2: Regain Full Range of Motion 3: Restore Muscle Strength 4: Normalise Foot Biomechanics 5: Restore High Speed, Power, and Agility http://physioworks.com.au/injuries-conditions-1/high-ankle-sprain
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Dr. Kurt Ehlert
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends on how long: The high ankle sprain can be a signficant injury, sometimes requiring prolonged protection, physical therapy, or even surgery to get the best results. If one happened in the distant past and you are doing well now, I wouldn't worry about it. If it happened more recently (in the last few weeks) or if you are having continued problems with it (swelling, pain, loss function), then you need be seen
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

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Dr. Vadim Glukh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Ankle is: "high" refers to the degree of the sprain, the severety, not the height.
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A female asked:

What is a high ankle sprain?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
involves the t-f lig: The ligaments that attached to the front ; back of the tibia; ; fibula that keep them from spreading causing a widening of the ankle mortise. Grade 1= moest minor ; grade 3 is a complete tear ; is often surgical.Isurgical . In the illustration they r the ant inf ; post inf t/f ligaments.
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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Also known as the sydemostic ligaments ( toward the ankle); " high ankles sprains " are common in American football and can be particularly troublesome for a team orthopedist to treat in high- level players; their tendency for re- injury after tx.is higher than your 'typical ' anterior talofiblular ankle sprain...
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What to do for an ankle sprain in high heels?

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 10 years experience
RICE: Simple things like rest, ice packs, compression wraps and elevation are helpful in the immediate setting. If this does not help, it may we helpful to see a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedist who can get xrays to ensure there are no breaks and properly immobilize you in an ankle brace or boot. You may want to consider flat shoes in the future.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

How can I get relief from a high ankle sprain?

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Dr. David Secord
Podiatry 27 years experience
High ankle sprain: The high ankle sprain involves the anterior/inferior tibial/fibular ligament and may involve the interosseous membrane between the tibia and fibula. Caused by the wedge-like shape of the talus in the ankle mortise with the rotational moment of the injury, you can stretch, sprain or tear these structures, leaving the ankle unstable during gait. The only definitive evaluation is an MRI.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to treat a high ankle sprain?

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Dr. Melissa Robitaille
Podiatry 19 years experience
R.I.C.E.: ( r ) est: if the pain is continual, rest is an important way to prevent further injury. ( i )ce: for a 20-minute cycle apply a towel- wrapped ice pack to the sprain (20 minute on and 20 minutes off). ( c )ompression: to help restrict the swelling wrap an elastic bandage tightly around the injury. ( e )levation: elevate the ankle to even with your heart. This aids fluid away from the injury.
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