What is it? Anterior impingement may develop when the tibia (shin bone) and the talus (main ankle bone) do not properly glide over one another, pinching the tissues on the front of your ankle. Over time this can cause biomechanical changes in the ankle that can be more difficult to overcome.
Posterior Impingement may be cause by inflamed soft tissue or bony compression in the back of the ankle. The muscles of the calf can become inflamed around and just above their attachment at the heel. Variations in bony anatomy can cause continued compression due to the amount of time the foot is in a pointed position with dance.
These issues can cause a restriction in the pointing movement.
Symptoms You may experience the following:
1) Sharp, grabbing pain in the front of the ankle with plie and jumping
2) Pain with jumping
2) Restriction with relevĂŠ (unable to rise en pointe)
3) Pain with taking off or landing from jumps
4) Pain with pointing, as in tendue
Treatment 1) Rest and ice.
2) Examine your technique to ensure you are working in proper alignment.
3) Consult a health care provider to rule out any other overuse injury.
4) Joint mobilizations performed by a health care professional may give you more motion. Manual therapy may release any soft tissue restrictions.
5) A kinetic chain/ biomechanical examination is highly recommended.
6) Your physician will evaluate you to see whether surgery is recommended
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