What's a high ankle sprain and how does it differ from an ankle sprain?

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The difference between a high ankle sprain and an ankle sprain depends on the location and ligaments that were injured. Ankle sprains are grouped into two location-based categories:

  • Inversion. An inversion sprain is the most common and occurs when the ankle turns in or out and the ligament on the outside of your ankle tears. Trips and falls cause inversion sprains.
  • External rotation. An external rotation injury tears the ligament between the fibula and tibia, known as the syndesmosis ligament. This is also called a high ankle sprain, and is a common sports injury.

A note from Rivera Foot and Ankle

The first 24-48 hours after an ankle sprain are the most uncomfortable, but symptoms can be relieved with at-home treatment, including icing and elevating the injury to reduce swelling. Rebuilding strength in your ankle after a sprain can help prevent future sprains. Always pay attention to the surfaces you're walking or exercising on to avoid accidental trips and falls that could lead to sprains.


Source:   Cleveland Clinic

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