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Richard E Marshall, DMD
(410) 939-2171
202 S Washington St
Havre De Grace, MD
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Joseph Jordan, DDS
(410) 939-4030
333 Green St
Hvre De Grace, MD
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Nakjoong Im, MD
(410) 939-2020
Churchville, MD
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Orthopedics
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Joseph La Ponzina, DDS
2105 Laurel Bush Rd Ste 103
Bel Air, MD
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Douglas Gregory Wright, MD
(410) 569-3690
2012 S Tollgate Rd Ste 109
Bel Air, MD
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1983

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Vincent Michael Osteria, MD
(301) 939-4500
800 S Union Ave
Havre de Grace, MD
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1968

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John Anthony Prodoehl, MD
(410) 939-7077
421 S Union Ave Ste 300
Havre de Grace, MD
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1990
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Hospital: Delaware County Mem Hosp, Drexel Hill, Pa
Group Practice: Chesapeake Sports & Orthopedic

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Douglas Wright
(410) 569-3690
2012 S .Tollgate Rd.
Bel Air, MD
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Lisa Maria Maddox, MD
2501 Oakington St
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
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Orthopedics
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1995

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William Cook
(410) 877-1666
1131 Baltimore Pike
Bel Air, MD
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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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