Why? This changes the course of management significantly.
The high ankle joint is by definition syndesmotic or non-moveable. The reality is, it moves, but not very much. When there is an injury to this joint or the structures surrounding it, the injury typically has a longer prognosis with an initial period of rest. Conversely, injuries to the lower ankle can be handled more “aggressively”.
If this major difference is recognized early in the process, it will change the outcome of how you heal.
This is true for all injuries. The ankle is an extension of the mechanics of the hip and trunk. Without a full comprehensive exam of how an ankle injury has affected lower quarter mechanics, the likelihood of re-injury increases.
So as always movement quality and quantity is key to long term success. Learn to move again in all planes of motion. Learn to move pain free and learn to move confidently.
So tell us your ankle stories. What successes, or frustrations have you had?
What have you done on your journey that’s working well for you ? We want to know!!