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What causes posterior ankle impingement?

The ankle joint is primarily composed of two bones, the tibia (shinbone) and a small bone between the shin and the heel, the talus. When the foot is pointed or flexed, the ankle is compressed at the joint. Pain can result if tissue becomes trapped between the bones. Posterior impingement, in the back of the ankle, is more common in ballet dancers and can be due to overuse, poor training techniques or an atypical bony protrusion at the back of the ankle.

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