From CorePerformance.com – All About High Ankle Sprains:
High ankle sprains are much less common than the garden variety low ankle sprain, which can be serious enough, but they’re hard to treat and can cause long-term problems.
While you can often return from standard ankle sprains in days or weeks, Dr. Modabber says high ankle sprains can take weeks to months.
- A grade 1 sprain is the mildest form of injury and consists of a stretch to the ligaments.
- A grade 2 sprain is a partial tear of the ligaments.
- A grade 3 sprain is a complete tear.
- For grade 1 and 2 sprains treated without surgery, it may take six weeks or longer until you are able to resume athletic activities. For grade 2 and 3 sprains treated with surgery, return to sports can take several months.
- Return to training when you have full range of motion in the injured ankle, when you have near-full strength, and when you can go through the movements required in your sport without pain. Examples: a football player should be able to explode out of his stance; a hockey player should be able to skate with no pain when pushing off to the side.
- Tape or wrap the ankle to prevent outward rotation of the ankle.
Dexter McCluster missed more than a month in 2010 with a high ankle sprain.