Posterior impingement of the ankle, also known as impingement of the ankle, is when tissue damage at the back of the ankle joint occurs due to compression of the tissue during maximal ankle plantar flexion which is movement of the foot that flexes the foot or toes downward toward the sole.
Symptoms are generally felt in the Achilles area or the back of the ankle and may include a dull ache or sharp pain which increases when touched firmly. Other areas may be the calf or foot.
Activities that can cause ankle impingement include:
- pushing off the wall during lap swimming
- walking/running downhill
- ballet positions such as en pointe
This fairly unique foot and ankle condition generally found in gymnasts, foot ballers and ballet dancers. Ballet dancers may experience this condition which can be caused by the en pointe position. To learn more visit orthopedic surgeon and foot ankle specialist Sean Peden, MD’s blog post – The Fragile Feet: A Ballerina Story