A high ankle sprain feels a lot higher than a normal ankle sprain. This is when injury occurs to the structures holding the two leg bones together near the ankle (tibia and fibula).
It usually occurs from twisting the leg on a firmly planted foot; however it can happen in conjunction with a normal ankle sprain.
The talus bone which sits between the tibia and fibula is wedge shaped and creates a stable closed packed joint when your ankle bends up. If the stabilising structures are injured, then every step can cause ongoing aggravation and further separation.
Due to this it can have long term implications if undiagnosed or not managed well as increased laxity will cause abnormal forces to be applied to the joint surface and may result in more pain and disability.
Recovery is often longer than normal ankle sprains and may require a period of non-weight bearing, immobilisations or even surgery depending on the severity.
Assessment by one of our podiatrists is vital to assess the grade of the injury and whether further investigations, or surgical referral is required.
The first 2 days are important for a speedy recovery. For any soft tissue injuries follow RICER for 48-72 hours and avoid HARM.