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Mechanism of Injury in a High Ankle Sprain: A Simulation Study

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Feng Wei, Jerrod E. Braman, John W. Powell, Roger C. Haut

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Eric G. Meyer

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Paper No. SBC2011-53152, pp. 79-80; 2 pages
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA, June 22–25, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5458-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Injury to the tibiofibular syndesmosis ligaments, which bind together the distal ends of the tibia and fibula, is commonly referred to as a high ankle sprain [8]. While lateral ankle sprains are the most common injury, high ankle sprains represent a more disabling problem and require a longer recovery period [1] and different treatment [4]. The mechanism associated with a high ankle sprain is primarily thought to involve external rotation of the foot [1,7]. However, both a cadaver study [6] and a simulation study [5] show that tibiofibular syndesmosis ligaments are not stretched the most during an excessive, pure external foot rotation.

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