Ankle Impingement

Ankle impingement, is a source of chronic ankle pain.


It occurs when bone spurs, or osteophytes, develop on the front of the bones of the ankle. When this occurs an you may develop symptoms from the osteophytes impinging on each other or by pinching soft tissues between them.


Long term chronic pain on the front of the ankle that is worse with activity. The pain will be worse with bending the ankle backwards. There may also be recurrent swelling present in the front of the ankle after activity.


Treatment will initially involve rest or pain relief and then progress on to include Physiotherapy. Corticosteroid injections may be an option. In serious cases, surgery can aso be performed to remove the bone spurs. This is usually performed arthroscopically with full post operative recovery generally taking between 3-6 months.

Ankle pain can be distressing, especially if you're not sure what options are open to you. If you're wondering if surgery could help you, book an appointment.

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I saw Mr Ajis after sustaining a fracture of my 5th metatarsal which had not healed after a year. The pain was unbearable. He saw me promptly and took the time to explain my condition with the help of x-ray images with assurances that he could fix the problem. I was advised by other clinicians to be patient and wait for the fracture to heal on its own. Mr Ajis said that healing would be highly unlikely without intervention. After numerous emails and 'phone calls to him he constantly...

...spent the time reassuring me and patiently going over the intended procedure. To date after seeking advice and guidance from Mr Ajis, his secretary and the Physio Team and the insertion of a plate my fracture has united I walk well, without pain and I have joined a walking group.