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Ankle Impingement is the medical condition where the bone spurs or soft tissue structures are compressed during activities that involve maximal ankle dorsiflexion motion. This causes pain at the front of the ankle. Usually patients and sportsmen will have difficulty in squatting , running sitting in indian commode



Non-Surgical Treatment
The different non-surgical treatment options are:

  • Rest: Giving proper rest to the ankle is the first step towards recovery. The patient is recommended to stay away from sports or strenuous activity for up to 4 weeks.
  • Icing the ankle: is recommended to be done for 20 to 30 minutes at intervals of 3-4 hours for two to three days. This will help reduce the pain and the swelling.
  • Splint: or plaster cast might be recommended by doctors to relieve the symptoms of by providing support to the ankle.
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): like Ibuprofen etc., can help reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Physical Therapy: is usually recommended with exercises for muscle strengthening and to reduce stiffness and increase flexibility.

Surgical Treatment
The doctors might recommend surgical options for treating this condition if the non-surgical treatment is not effective in relieving the symptoms. Surgery is also recommended when the removal of the prominent impinging bone spurs or soft tissue structures can help relieve the symptoms. The removal of the bone spurs are usually surgically removed using the Ankle Arthroscopy technique.

Ankle Arthroscopy
This is a minimal invasive surgical procedure performed to diagnose and treat problems in the ankle joint.

Basically, the doctor will make a very small incision and insert the Arthroscope, a tiny camera, into your ankle enabling them to view the inside of the joint on the screen. The surgeons will then investigate the issue with the ankle and correct it, if necessary, using small instruments within the arthroscope.

Arthroscopic ankle surgery helps in diagnosing and treating several ankle with minimal risk. The recovery time and the prognosis will depend on the extent of the ankle injury and the complexity of the procedure.

Authored by Dr Banarji B.H - Shoulder Surgeon, Bangalore

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