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Ankle Impingement

Ankle Impingement

Ankle and Foot Pain


Ankle impingement can occur for multiple reasons, often this is either bony (e.g. due to osteoarthritis) or soft tissue (e.g muscular imbalance). It is more common in footballers, dancers and those who repetitively load their ankles. It can be at the front (anterior) or back (posterior) of the ankle.


  • Dull ache at the front of the ankle, can become sharp with excessive movement or weight-bearing
  • Tender to press around the front of the joint
  • Stiffness or blocking feeling at end range (bring toes towards body)
  • Swelling of the ankle
  • Pain worse with running, jumping and deep squats


  • Activity modification
  • Ice or heat
  • Pain relief
  • Appropriate footwear which provides support and doesn’t rub on the tendon
  • Orthotics
  • Physiotherapy including range of movement exercises and a graded strengthening programme
  • Orthopaedic options – If pain and functional limitation is significant after 6 months conservative measures may be considered


Generally not indicated

Exercises to try

Ankle Impingement

Ankle and Foot Pain
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