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Anterior Inferior Tibiofibular Ligament Injury

Syndesmosis Joint and how it causes pain in your ankle.

The anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament is one of the ligaments that helps to stabilize the fibula and tibia in the ankle (syndesmosis) joint. Injury to this ligament is also referred to as a syndesmosis injury. When the anterior tibiofibular ligament is sprained, recovery takes longer than with other ligaments in the ankle. As with all sprains, there are varying degrees of tearing. If there is a complete rupture of the inferior tibiofibular ligament it usually occurs along with a fracture or dislocation (diastasis) in the sydnesmosis joint.


Ankle Sprain Treatment

Upon spraining your ankle you will feel acute and localized pain on the side of the injured ankle. Depending on the severity of the injury, mild to heavy swelling will occur and may be accompanied by bruising and discolouration of the skin. The injury will be painful to the touch and it may be quite difficult to put weight on your ankle. Under these circumstances it is best to listen to your body and try to immobilize your ankle as much as possible.

The RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) method has long been a tried and true treatment for sprains. The best way to heal is to reduce swelling and rest the ankle, the RICE method facilitates this as well as a quicker healing time.

Cold Compression wrap can greatly help ease your pain.

Our cold compression wraps allow you to actively treat yourself using the RICE method. They work because they interrupt and slow nerve and cell function in the damaged area. Once blood vessels are damaged they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the damaged tissue and therefore cells begin to break-down. The deep cold provided by our cold/warm compression wraps slows cell function thereby reducing cellular break-down. Furthermore, because the cold wraps serve to numb the nerves the wraps also reduce pain! Furthermore, our wraps keep the ice off the skin preventing frostbite and keep the cold in the area that you need it. You want to ice in 20 minute intervals with at least 45 minutes between each interval. Within a week or two it may prove useful to see your doctor about passive and more active stretching and strengthening for your injured ankle. For athletes, therapies will most likely be sports specific, and should be left to physical therapists.

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When it comes time for more aggressive rehabilitation, stretching and activity, heat therapy warms the muscles in the injured area which increases range of motion and allows for a safer more thorough stretch.

It should be stressed here that in the initial stages of a sprain you should avoid treatments that will increase swelling such as hot showers, heat rubs, hot packs and consuming alcohol. During the initial phases of rehab the ankle should not be moved in any direction that mimics the direction in which the injury occured.

Ultrasound

For more detailed information on how ultrasound is helping heal ankle sprains and many other injuries see our About Ultrasound section. Essentially, with regards to ankle joint sprains, ultrasound therapy provides stimulation to deep joint tissue. It has been found to aid distended connective tissue, which is important for stretching, thereby increasing range of motion for safer and more effective rehabilitation.

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™

MendMeShop Inferno Wrap and how it works.

During normal use, activity promotes blood flow through our body. Our body responds to the activity by sending oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, joints and tissue. When we are at rest, the blood flow to your ankle is greatly reduced. But, when your ankle is injured, it really needs the blood flow to promote the healing process. Since you can't work your ankle without danger of further injury, you need to stimulate the blood flow another way. Our innovative Inferno Wraps give you the best Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ available. Inferno creates special energy waves that stimulate blood flow by penetrating through the outer layers of your ankle. The energy waves reach deep into your muscles, tendons and cartilage, reducing your pain as they heal the inner tissue.

An Inferno Ankle Wrap gives you unparalleled blood flow stimulation energy. You simply won’t find a comparable product on the market. Other therapy products can not come close to offering the comfortable, contoured fit and targeted energy treatment an Inferno Wrap provides. You will feel the soothing, deep penetrating warmth as it works to stimulate your blood flow, we guarantee it. Now you can reduce your pain and heal your ankle anywhere with the comfortable, light weight Inferno Ankle Wrap.

Doctor's Orders

While it is true that ankle sprains seldom require a doctor's attention it may be apparent that your injury is severe enough to warrant a visit to him or her. If you have substantial and continual pain even after a week or any other cause for concern a visit to the doctor is an order. Doctors may prescribe medications, crutches, braces and in severe cases the ankle be placed in a full cast for several weeks. For full ruptures or recurring injuries, including "ankle instability", surgery may be required, however the vast majority of sprains do not require surgery.

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If you have any questions regarding our therapeutic products and your treatment options, please contact a MendMeShop Advisor for assistance. You can be assured all your questions will be answered in a thorough and courteous manner by our trained staff.


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