Item added to basket

product name

FREE DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER £60*
100% SECURE SHOPPING
Credit Cards
Trustpilot
EXCELLENT REVIEWS
Basket total £ 0.00
  • product added £ 0.00
checkout

SUPPORTS

ICE & COMPRESSION

REHAB

High Ankle Sprain Explained

High ankle sprain Anatomy of ankle sprain injuryA sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries caused by participation in sports. It refers to soft tissue damage (mainly ligamentsligaments) around the ankle joint. A High Ankle Sprain refers to ligament damage at the joint between the shin bone (Tibia) and splint bone (Fibula). This joint is referred to as the Ankle Syndesmosis.

A Syndesmosis is a joint where the two bones are bound tightly together by ligament tissue. The Ankle Syndesmosis refers to the fibrous band of ligament tissue which connects the shin bone and splint bone. Specifically, this refers to the 'Interosseous Membrane' between the two bones, as well as the anterior (front) and posterior (back) Tibio-Fibular ligaments.

In the case of a High Ankle Sprain, the mechanism of injury is excessive ankle dorsi-flexion (where the toes come up towards the knee) as well as external rotation of the shin, which causes damage at the ankle 'Syndesmosis'.

As well as damage to the ligaments, the capsule that surrounds the ankle joint can also be damaged. The damage causes bleeding within the tissues but, unlike a medial or lateral ankle sprain, the ankle joint doesn't usually swell too much.

Syndesmotic ankle sprains can be classified as follows :

  • First degree, where only a few ligament fibres are damaged within the interosseous membrane
  • Second degree sprain refers to more extensive damage to the interosseous membrane with some widening of the Tibio-Fibula joint
  • Third degree sprain refers to a complete rupture of the interosseous ligament with gross widening of the Tibio-Fibula joint and possible joint dislocation

In the more severe injuries there may be associated bone injury and it is wise to get an x-ray to determine whether there is a fracture.

High Ankle Sprain Signs & Symptoms

With a first degree sprain there is usually pain on ankle movement and when the damaged area is touched. Typically, with a second degree sprain the pain is more severe, there is swelling all around the area and it is painful to walk. With a third degree sprain the pain is excruciating and walking is impossible. A swollen ankle is typical and there may be a visible deformity if the ankle is dislocated.

High Ankle Sprain Treatment

In the case of a Grade Three Ankle Syndesmosis injury then surgery may be required to fix the Tibia and Fibula back in place. Grade One and Two injuries take between one and two months to recover from completely.

In the first 48-72 hours following the injury it is important the follow the PRICE protocol – protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation (never apply ice directly to the skin). Ice Packs for a period of twenty minutes every couple of hours may help with the pain but pain-relieving medication may also be necessary. The Aircast Ankle Cryo/Cuff is the most effective method of providing ice therapy, whilst protecting the injured tissues from further damage, and is the professional's choice. It can provide continuous ice cold water and compression for 6 hours – and significantly reduce pain and swelling.

It is important not to put too much weight on the damaged ankle. Excessive walking should be avoided if it is painful. Ankle injuries can be protected using a Plastic Cast Walker and these are regularly used by Premier League football players.

Where a fracture is suspected an x-ray should be carried out at an accident and emergency department. If a fracture is found or a Grade Three sprain is diagnosed, the advice of the attending doctor should be followed. It should be borne in mind that some hairline fractures do not show up on x-ray until about 10-14 days after the injury, so if the pain persists medical attention should be sought.

In the case of a Grade Two sprain, crutches should be used to protect the injured ankle. However, it is important not to be on the crutches for longer than necessary and as soon as the pain allows the patient should begin to gently put weight through the ankle by walking. Plastic Cast Walkers can be very helpful as they allow the patient to walk, protect the injured area and help to resolve ankle swelling.

In the early stages of the injury, electrotherapy treatment with a physiotherapist is effective in encouraging the healing and the formation of scar tissue to repair the ligament.

Ligament Damage & Repair Explained

Once the patient is able walk on the ankle, more active rehabilitation can be started. Manual therapy is then very effective at restoring ankle movement and resolving stiffness.

High Ankle Sprain Prevention

Ankle instability is characterised by ankle weakness and giving way, even though the ankle ligaments are intact and the joint is mechanically stable. It is due to an impairment of proprioception, which leads to a lack of balance and ankle joint position sense. Proprioception is the mechanism by which nerve receptors in skin, muscle, ligament and joint tissue relay information to the brain about body position sense, where this information is quickly processed and movement strategies are formulated and executed using nerve signals to muscles. This mechanism can help you 'catch yourself' when you are about to turn your ankle.

In the unstable ankle these receptors may have been damaged directly during an ankle sprain. This impaired proprioceptive ability may, therefore, lead to a delay in protective muscle activity and the resultant loss of postural awareness and stability around a joint. This may explain why recurrent ankle sprains are so common.

The Wobble Board together with Ankle Braces are commonly used in the rehabilitation of ankle instability. Wobble Boards are designed to assist the re-education of the proprioceptive system by improving sensory receptor function. Previous research has also shown that wobble board training improves single leg stance ability and balance; while other studies have suggested that patients with ankle instability who underwent wobble board training experienced significantly fewer recurrent sprains during a follow-up period than those who did not follow the training programme.

Taping and Bracing the ankle can also help to reduce recurrent ankle injury. Previous research has shown the injury incidence in students with taped ankles was 4.9 ankle sprains per 1000 participant games, compared with 2.6 ankle sprains per 1000 participant games in students wearing ankle braces. This compared with 32.8 ankle sprains per 1000 participant games in subjects that had no taping or bracing.

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace - Lightweight Ankle Support for Ankle Sprains - Stabilizer, Pain Relief - White

£44.99 inc VAT SRP £60.00 Save £15.01 (25% OFF)

The Aircast A60 Ankle Brace (white) was designed specifically for British tennis star Andy Murray for his Grand Slam tournament play at Wimbledon and is only available through official channels exclusively at PhysioRoom.com. This sleek, simplistic and refined colourway has all the fundamental qualities offered by its predecessor while adhering to the all-white SW19 tradition.
More Details

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace - Lightweight Ankle Support for Ankle Sprains - Stabilizer, Pain Relief - White has a rating of 5.0 stars from 38 reviews (38 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Bauerfeind MalleoLoc Ankle Brace - Neoprene Ankle Stabiliser - Pain Relief for Ankle Sprains

£96.00 inc VAT

A brace that stabilises the ankle following severe ankle sprains, ligament ruptures and ankle surgery.
More Details

Bauerfeind MalleoLoc Ankle Brace - Neoprene Ankle Stabiliser - Pain Relief for Ankle Sprains has a rating of 5.0 stars from 4 reviews (4 reviews)

Delivered in 3 days

Quantity

PhysioRoom Soccer Ankle Support - Adjustable - Pain Relief and Support for Ankle Injuries

£2.80 inc VAT Was £5.99 Save £3.19 (53% OFF)

Ankle support designed to fit comfortably into a football boot or trainer meaning you can carry on playing sports with peace of mind.
More Details

PhysioRoom Soccer Ankle Support - Adjustable - Pain Relief and Support for Ankle Injuries has a rating of 4.5 stars from 12 reviews (12 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Adjustable Ankle Strap - Advanced Neoprene Ankle Sprain Support and Stabiliser

£6.48 inc VAT

The advanced adjustable ankle strap is a lightweight, Neoprene wrap that can be easily adjusted and applied to a swollen or injured ankle.
More Details

PhysioRoom Adjustable Ankle Strap - Advanced Neoprene Ankle Sprain Support and Stabiliser has a rating of 5.0 stars from 16 reviews (16 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

medi Kids Ankle Brace - M-Step - Lightweight Ankle Support for Stabilisation and Rehab

£48.29 inc VAT


More Details

medi Kids Ankle Brace - M-Step - Lightweight Ankle Support for Stabilisation and Rehab has a rating of 4.5 stars from 3 reviews (3 reviews)

Delivered in 3 days

Quantity

medi Levamed Ankle Brace - Ankle Support to Prevent Injury and Reduce Swelling

£70.00 inc VAT


More Details

medi Levamed Ankle Brace - Ankle Support to Prevent Injury and Reduce Swelling has a rating of 5.0 stars from 4 reviews (4 reviews)

Delivered in 3 days

Quantity

PhysioRoom Light Air Ankle Walker (Short) - Foot Fracture Brace - Support & Protection for Foot Injuries

£27.98 inc VAT

Featuring inflatable air cells to reduce foot and ankle swelling, the PhysioRoom.com Light Air Ankle Walker is a short walking brace that protects foot and ankle injuries, while also allowing you to move around and get on with your day.
More Details

PhysioRoom Light Air Ankle Walker (Short) - Foot Fracture Brace - Support & Protection for Foot Injuries has a rating of 5.0 stars from 2 reviews (2 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Instant Ice Pack - Mouldable Pouch for Pain Relief of Sports Injuries - Single Use

From £0.75 inc VAT     1+ £1.99 each
    6+ £1.69 each (Save 15%)
  12+ £1.19 each (Save 40%)
  24+ £0.95 each (Save 52%)
  50+ £0.75 each (Save 62%)

A mouldable pack that becomes an instant, single use ice pack, without the need for refrigeration.
More Details

PhysioRoom Instant Ice Pack - Mouldable Pouch for Pain Relief of Sports Injuries - Single Use has a rating of 5.0 stars from 22 reviews (22 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Ultimate Performance Anti-Inflammatory Cold Gel - Pain Relief for Back Ache, Arthritis - Pre Post Workout Rehab Cream

£4.99 inc VAT

Ultimate Performance Cold Gel is a unique formula designed for the efficient relief of joint and muscle pain, this fast-acting gel is readily absorbed deep into the skin cooling the affected area and distracting the brain from the source of the problem. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities of UP Cold Gel will provide all the associated benefits of a gentle muscle massage.
More Details

In Stock

Quantity

Physicool Cooling Bandage - 10cm x 2m - Cold Therapy Bandage - Pain Relief for Sports Injury - Reusable

£10.00 inc VAT

Physicool is an innovative and uniquely designed reusable strapping that combines the healing characteristics of cold therapy with the support qualities of a compression bandage. Differing from the more traditional treatments currently available, Physicool works by drawing heat away from the body to provide an instant long-lasting cooling effect which can be utilised for extended periods.
More Details

Physicool Cooling Bandage - 10cm x 2m - Cold Therapy Bandage - Pain Relief for Sports Injury - Reusable has a rating of 5.0 stars from 7 reviews (7 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Physicool Cooling Bandage + Bottle of Recharging Coolant - Injury Pain Relief - Reduce Swelling & Inflammation

£14.99 inc VAT

The Physicool combination pack supplies you with one specially formulated cooling bandage and one bottle of recharging coolant which will rejuvenate and refresh the dressing. Small and compact this kit is ideal for wrist, elbow and ankle injuries providing between 2-3 hours of cold therapy and compression.
More Details

Physicool Cooling Bandage + Bottle of Recharging Coolant - Injury Pain Relief - Reduce Swelling & Inflammation has a rating of 5.0 stars from 6 reviews (6 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Physicool Cooling Bandage - 12cm x 3m - Cold Therapy Bandage - Pain Relief for Sports Injury - Reusable

£13.00 inc VAT

Physicool is a new and unique way to instantly apply cold therapy whilst on the move, this portable and reusable compression bandage is applied quickly and easily allowing the healing process to begin immediately. By taking heat away from the body Pysicool have developed a product which differs from move traditional methods meaning it can be used for longer periods.
More Details

Physicool Cooling Bandage - 12cm x 3m - Cold Therapy Bandage - Pain Relief for Sports Injury - Reusable has a rating of 5.0 stars from 13 reviews (13 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Resistance Exercise Band

£3.24 inc VAT

Latex Bands provide light, medium to heavy resistance during training exercises and are designed for increasing strengthening exercises during rehab and sports training. 99.99% free from latex allergens.
More Details

PhysioRoom Resistance Exercise Band has a rating of 5.0 stars from 11 reviews (11 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Water Floatation Belt

£11.99 inc VAT

The Water Floatation Belt is ideal for early non weight bearing cardiovascular training as its design allows the user to run in the pool without putting stress through their injury. It is perfect following injuries such as fractures and stress fractures, knee ligament injuries, sprained ankle or swollen ankle, as well as following knee surgery and ankle surgery once the wounds are sufficiently healed.
More Details

PhysioRoom Water Floatation Belt has a rating of 5.0 stars from 13 reviews (13 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Resistance Band Exercise Loop

£1.49 inc VAT

These multi-coloured tubes provide four levels of resistance, ideal for progressing strengthening exercises.
More Details

PhysioRoom Resistance Band Exercise Loop has a rating of 5.0 stars from 28 reviews (28 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Exercise Band Loop (medium) - Pack of 5

£6.84 inc VAT

These red coloured tubes provide medium resistance, ideal for progressing strengthening exercises.
More Details

PhysioRoom Exercise Band Loop (medium) - Pack of 5 has a rating of 5.0 stars from 1 reviews (1 review)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom The PhysioRoom Rehab and Fitness Exercise Pack

£49.56 inc VAT

The ultimate rehab and fitness kit, also perfect for yoga and pilates. Everything you will need for exercise or rehab following a sporting injury, for use at home.
More Details

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom 5.5m x 15cm Resistance Band Box - Choose between 5 Levels Of Resistance

£6.98 inc VAT

Latex Bands provide light, medium to heavy resistance during training exercises and are designed for increasing strengthening exercises during rehab and sports training.
More Details

PhysioRoom 5.5m x 15cm Resistance Band Box - Choose between 5 Levels Of Resistance has a rating of 5.0 stars from 25 reviews (25 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Ankle and Wrist Weights x2 1 Pound

£6.48 inc VAT

The PhysioRoom.com Ankle and Wrist Weights each weigh one pound and feature a soft, terrycloth fabric on the inside to ensure a very comfortable fit.
More Details

PhysioRoom Ankle and Wrist Weights x2 1 Pound has a rating of 5.0 stars from 5 reviews (5 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles x3 (Red, Green and Blue)

£12.67 inc VAT

The Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles are made from lightweight, buoyant foam and are ideal for using as floating and buoyancy devices. The water noodles are also ideal for rehabilitation exercises.
More Details

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles x6 (x2 of each colour)

£17.14 inc VAT

The pack of six swimming aid noodles feature a variety of colours including x2 red, x2 green and x2 blue and are made from buoyant and lightweight foam.
More Details

PhysioRoom Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles x6 (x2 of each colour) has a rating of 5.0 stars from 1 reviews (1 review)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles x9 (x3 of each colour)

£25.70 inc VAT

The water noodles can be used as floating and buoyancy aids and are also ideal for rehab and therapy exercises.
More Details

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles x18 (x6 of each colour)

£51.41 inc VAT

The foam water noodles are ideal for rehabilitation and therapy exercises and also great for kids to use too.
More Details

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom 5.5mx15cm Resistance Bands All Strengths 5 Boxes

£43.85 inc VAT

This resistance exercise band pack features five boxes each of which has varying levels of resistance. Each latex band measures 5.5mx15cm and can be cut accordingly to suit your preference. Latex bands provide light, medium to heavy resistance during exercise and are specifically designed to increase strength during rehab and sports training.
More Details

PhysioRoom 5.5mx15cm Resistance Bands All Strengths 5 Boxes has a rating of 5.0 stars from 2 reviews (2 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Meridius Spoband Elastic Resistance Band

£6.32 inc VAT

The Meridius Spoband is a long-lasting resistance band with a difference. This elasticated resistance band can be used for muscle toning, posture correction, weight loss, exercise, rehabilitation and popular activities like yoga and pilates.
More Details

Selected options in stock

Quantity

Meridius Spoband Elastic Resistance Band - Orange - 100x2.5cm

£13.95 inc VAT

Meridius Spoband is a long-lasting resistance band with a difference. This elasticated resistance band can be used for muscle toning, posture correction, weight loss, exercise, rehabilitation and popular activities like yoga and pilates.
More Details

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Taping Starter Kit

£11.48 inc VAT

Perfect for all taping and strapping techniques. This Taping Starter Kit includes 6 rolls of 4 varieties of tape to provide you with everything you need to tape any joint professionally.
More Details

PhysioRoom Taping Starter Kit has a rating of 5.0 stars from 5 reviews (5 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Mueller Big Bold M-Wrap Team Colours

£1.99 inc VAT Was £2.50 Save £0.51 (20% OFF)


More Details

Mueller Big Bold M-Wrap Team Colours has a rating of 5.0 stars from 4 reviews (4 reviews)

Selected options in stock

Quantity

McDavid Ankle Brace with Figure 8 Strap - Ultra-Lite Best-Selling Ankle Support

£38.48 inc VAT

Sports ankle brace with ultra light nylon shell and lace up 'figure of 8' Velcro fastenings. Great for sprained ankle treatment and prevention.
More Details

McDavid Ankle Brace with Figure 8 Strap - Ultra-Lite Best-Selling Ankle Support has a rating of 5.0 stars from 7 reviews (7 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace - Lightweight Ankle Support for Ankle Sprains - Stabilizer, Pain Relief

£44.99 inc VAT SRP £60.00 Save £15.01 (25% OFF)

As worn by Tennis star Andy Murray. Our most lightweight, minimal bulk sports ankle brace. Provides a winning combination of effective ankle support and protection.
More Details

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace - Lightweight Ankle Support for Ankle Sprains - Stabilizer, Pain Relief has a rating of 5.0 stars from 168 reviews (168 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Aircast Airselect SP Walker Short - Walking Brace for Ankle & Foot Injuries - Fracture Rehab

£89.99 inc VAT

The AirSelect Short boot is the new and improved offering from Aircast which is set to replace the best-selling SP Walker. With increased levels of support and protection for foot and ankle injuries the brace features customisable aircells to help create a closer more-tailored fit which has been proven to accelerate the healing process.
More Details

Aircast Airselect SP Walker Short - Walking Brace for Ankle & Foot Injuries - Fracture Rehab has a rating of 5.0 stars from 21 reviews (21 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity

Aircast Ankle Cryo Cuff & Cooler - Reusable Cryotherapy Cuff - Reduce Ankle Pain, Swelling & Inflammation

£91.99 inc VAT

Ultimate ankle ice therapy; provides 6 hours continuous cold and compression to minimise bleeding, swelling and pain.
More Details

Aircast Ankle Cryo Cuff & Cooler - Reusable Cryotherapy Cuff - Reduce Ankle Pain, Swelling & Inflammation has a rating of 5.0 stars from 1 reviews (1 review)

In Stock

Quantity

PhysioRoom Sprains & Strains Repair Kit - Instant Ice Packs & Bandages for Sports Injuries - Ice Therapy

£4.99 inc VAT

Essential ice and compression kit to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed up recovery following a sports injury, muscle strain or ligament sprain.
More Details

PhysioRoom Sprains & Strains Repair Kit - Instant Ice Packs & Bandages for Sports Injuries - Ice Therapy has a rating of 5.0 stars from 2 reviews (2 reviews)

In Stock

Quantity


Ankle & Foot Injuries