Overview

Anterior Ankle Impingement (Footballer's Ankle)

Anterior ankle impingement can be caused by scar tissue and inflammation or bone spurs that form in the anterior (front) of the ankle joint that limit range of motion and can cause pain. While the classic form of impingement is referred to as "footballer's ankle," it can affect any type of athlete.

This condition can result from repeated strain on the front of the ankle joint or from repetitive damage to the ankle bone, which leads to bone spur formation. Ankle impingement can also form from a chronically unstable ankle or chronically sprained ankle.