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Posterior ankle impingement

What is posterior ankle impingement?

Footballers, ballet dancers, gymnasts and fast bowlers (due to the impact on their leading leg), are among those frequently affected by posterior ankle impingement. As the ‘plantar flexion’ movement occurs, the foot and ankle are angled away from the body to their greatest extent, with the ankle compressed.

If this extreme motion is repeated too many times or too forcefully, it can result in tissue damage and pain.

Pointe work when dancing, kicking a football, running or walking, especially downhill, hopping and jumping, are all examples of activities that may cause this problem.

How is posterior ankle impingement caused?

Pain felt to the rear of the ankle is the result of compression of the soft tissue or bone when ‘plantar flexion’ occurs, where the foot and ankle are angled away from the body. Impingement can be a consequence of ineffective rehabilitation following an injury and may also be due to bone spurs and arthritis.

Posterior ankle impingement

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