Posterior impingement may be cause by inflamed soft tissue or bony compression in the back of the ankle. The muscles of the calf can become inflamed around and just above their attachment at the heel. Variations in bony anatomy can cause continued compression due to the amount of time the foot is in a pointed position with dance. These issues can cause a restriction in the pointing movement.
- Anterior: Sharp, grabbing pain in the front of the ankle with plié and jumping
- Posterior: Pain with jumping
- Restriction with relevé (unable to rise en pointe)
- Pain with taking off or landing from jumps
- Pain with pointing, as in tendu
- Rest and ice the injured area.
- Examine your technique to ensure you are working in proper alignment.
- Consult a healthcare provider to rule out any other overuse injury.
- Joint mobilizations performed by a healthcare professional may give you more motion. Manual therapy may release any soft tissue restrictions.
- A kinetic chain examination is highly recommended.
- Your physician will evaluate you to see whether surgery is recommended.