When tissues in the ankle joint become trapped between the bones, this can cause pain. Pain in the back of the ankle, especially when the toes are pointed, may be due to posterior impingement.
Larry G Wells, DPM
Location and Office HoursFoot & Ankle Clinic
Corry, PA 16407
- Corry Memorial Hospital
- What is posterior impingement in the ankles?
How is ankle instability treated?
Ankle instability is a condition in which the ankle has lost its normal stability due to loose ligaments. Non-operative treatment involves bracing, physical therapy or activity modification. If non-operative treatment is ineffective in relieving symptoms, typical surgery to repair the stretched-out ligaments (a modified Brostrom procedure) works well, with high patient satisfaction rates. On rare occasions, an allograft tendon (tendon from a cadaver bank) can be used to reconstruct the ankle’s outer ligaments in those with very severe instability.
In this video, Thomas San Giovanni, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health, explains the procedure.
What is toeing in?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIn utero, most babies are stuck with their feet internally rotated or toeing in. Parents don't necessarily see it until the kid starts trying to walk. In 95 percent of children, this torsion resolves itself by twelve to eighteen months, after they start walking. Numerous studies have shown that bracing does not speed up the process. Very rarely, a child will have clinically significant toeing in and torsion leading to ongoing falls by age four years; that child can benefit from a referral to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon to see if he needs corrective surgery.
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