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Charles Wayne Hartzog Jr, MD
(334) 274-9000
PO Box 235003
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1991

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Christopher P Piller, MD
(334) 953-7825
Bldg 760 300 S Twinning St
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1994

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Timothy A Holt, MD
(334) 396-1886
PO Box 231509
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1985

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James R Ramey, MD
(334) 280-3456
7859 Hobbie Rd
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1967

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James R Ramey III, MD
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
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Thomas George Wells, MD
(334) 263-3944
PO Box 235003
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al
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Donald Davis Thornbury, MD
(334) 274-9000
PO Box 235003
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1978
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Hospital: Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al
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Steven Allen Barrington, MD
(334) 274-9000
PO Box 235003
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
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Stephen William Samelson, MD
(334) 613-9000
PO Box 250450
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1992

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Miller B Engelhardt, MD
(334) 265-6548
2622 Fernway Dr
Montgomery, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
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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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