High Ankle Sprain: What is it?

When Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips says during a press conference that he’s not confident Terrell Owens will be ready for the first playoff game (which is three weeks away), I bet that concerned some fans.

A high-ankle sprain isn’t an injury that usually knocks players out for a long time. A low-ankle sprain is much more worse.

That’s what we all thought, right? Well, don’t read this then. Trainers and coaches of athletes are often concerned about high ankle sprains?

If the injury is stable, then the high ankle sprain can be treated in a cast, usually for a period of 6 weeks. If the injury is unstable, then a “syndesmotic screw” can be placed between the tibia and fibula to hold the bones in proper position while the syndesmotic ligament heals. The are several methods of fixation of syndesmotic injuries, all with potential risks and benefits. It is a relatively safe and well-tolerated surgical procedure.

A few players didn’t let a high-ankle sprain keep them off the field for very long. Owen Daniels, tight end for the Texans, sustained a sprain the last game of October, but he never missed a game. Laveranues Coles, Jets wide receiver, played almost a month with a high-ankle sprain. Anthony Henry, we know him, sustained a high-ankle spring against the Rams. He missed three games.

Folks, T.O. will be fine. To remind you all of the last time T.O. returned from an injury, let’s watch a 4-minute series of clips from his only Super Bowl appearance. I expect we’ll see this kind of play three weeks from now. And with Terry Glenn expected to be back…I just hope the Patriots are ready.

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