Treatment for anterior ankle bony impingement focuses on relieving pain caused by abnormally shaped ankle bones, and preventing further injury of the ankle.
Ankle impingement occurs when the bones of the ankle are abnormally shaped, causing the bones to hit against each other during movement. This causes achy or stabbing pain in the front of the ankle, especially when the foot is flexed upward, resulting in damage to the ankle joint over time.
Anterior ankle bony impingement can sometimes be treated with anti-inflammatory medication and avoiding activities that cause symptoms. If symptoms persist, your child may need arthroscopic surgery to reshape the bone, which helps reduce pain and other symptoms, and prevent further damage.
Rehabilitation and recovery
Patients are typically able to return to activity a few months after surgery. With physical therapy, we work with our patients to make sure they are employing the proper techniques for sports-related activities like lifting, squatting, running and throwing to help prevent future injuries.
Depending on the patient’s prior activity level and needs for returning to their sport, we’ll progress his or her exercises and develop a home-exercise program to continue strengthening after being discharged from physical therapy.
If your child has ankle pain and you’re concerned he or she may have ankle impingement, call 727-76SPORT to schedule an appointment with our Sports Medicine physicians, who will determine a diagnosis and recommend further treatment..
If your child has been diagnosed with ankle impingement and you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons, call Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates (COSSA), L.L.P., at 727-898-2663. Surgical treatment for sports injuries at Johns Hopkins All Children’s is provided by the surgeons at COSSA.
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