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Peter La Motte, MD
(843) 681-5928
PO Box 4052
Bluffton, SC
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1955

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James Allen Amlicke, MD
(843) 228-5457
Bluffton, SC
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1959

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J Robert Gavin Jr, MD
(843) 681-5077
460 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1984

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James M Baehr, MD FACS
19 Dolphin Point Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Male
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Medical School: Northwestern
Graduation Year: 1957

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Clark Nelson Hopson, MD
(513) 684-0500
15 Lafayette Pl Ste E
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1970

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James Joseph Maginnis, DDS
(843) 682-4419
21 Thomas Lawton Dr
Bluffton, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward David Sugarman, MD FACS
(803) 342-2045
3 Crepe Myrtle Ct
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Male
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Medical School: State Univ(syracuse)
Graduation Year: 1963

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Nicholas Edward Mihelic, MD
(843) 342-5200
4 Black Gum Pl
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1973

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Luther M Strayer, MD FACS
(803) 689-5814
2 Wild Laurel Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC
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Male
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Medical School: Columbia
Graduation Year: 1961

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Joseph Peter Tobin
(843) 342-9100
12 Lafayette Pl
Hilton Head, SC
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Ankle Syndesmosis Injuries

A Patient's Guide to Ankle Syndesmosis Injuries

Introduction

An ankle injury common to athletes is the ankle syndesmosis injury. This type of injury is sometimes called a high ankle sprain because it involves the ligaments above the ankle joint. In an ankle syndesmosis injury, at least one of the ligaments connecting the bottom ends of the tibia and fibula bones (the lower leg bones) is sprained. Recovering from even mild injuries of this type takes at least twice as long as from a typical ankle sprain.

This guide will help you understand

  • how ankle syndesmosis injuries occur
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what can be done to treat it

Anatomy

What part of the ankle is involved?

A syndesmosis is a joint where the rough edges of two bones are held together by thick connective ligaments. The connection of the lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula, is a syndesmosis. The tibia is the main bone of the lower leg. The fibula is the small, thin bone that runs down the outer edge of the tibia.

Only a few joints in the body are syndesmosis joints. In addition to the ankle syndesmosis (the connection of the tibia and fibula), syndesmosis joints are also located in the lower spine, where the top of the triangular-shaped sacrum bone fits between the pelvis bones.

Most joints in the body are synovial joints. Synovial joints are enclosed by a ligament capsule and contain a fluid, called synovium, that lubricates the joint. The ankle syndesmosis sits next to the ankle synovial joint, where the tibia meets the talus bone.

The ankle syndesmosis is supported and held together by three main ligaments. The ligament crossing just above the front of the ankle and connecting the tibia to the fibula is called the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITFL). The posterior fibular ligaments attach across the back of the tibia and fibula. These ligaments include the posterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (PITFL) and the transverse ligament. The interosseous ligament lies between the tibia and fibula. (Interosseous means between bones.) The interosseus ligament is a long sheet of connective tissue that connects the entire length of the tibia and fibula, from the knee to the ankle.

The syndesmosis ligaments hold the bottom ends of the tibia and fibula in place. This arrangement forms the upper surface of the ankle joint. The ankle joint is a hinge joint. The hinge is formed where the tibia and fibula sit above the talus bone. This connection is called a mortise and tenon, a stable connection that woodworkers and craftsmen routinely use to create strong and stable constructions.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Ankle Anatomy

Causes

Why do I have this problem?

Doctors do not completely understand how syndesmosis injuries occur, though they appear to happen most often when the foot is forced upward and outward. Such injuries frequently happen in high-level football player...

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