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Footballers Ankle
What it is, causes and implications for physiotherapy

The footballers ankle is a soft tissue injury i.e. an injury to non-bony tissue of the ankle, such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerve of the ankle. Specifically, it is a pinching or impingement of ligaments or tendons of the ankle between the bones, especially the talus and tibia bone, which results in inflammation and swelling. Given the dynamic and intensive yet fun nature of football, such injuries are actually quite commonplace.

What Are The Common Causes

A common cause is a bone spur on the talus (the ankle bone) or the tibia bone (shin bone). How this happens is that repeated kicking actions can cause the ankle bone to hit the bottom of the shin bone repeatedly, leading to a bony lump (known as a bone spur) to develop. Slowly, this bone spur begins to press onto other structures and soft tissue at the front of the ankle, leading to inflammation and swelling. This condition is common in athletes who repeatedly bend the ankle upwards (commonly termed as dorsiflexion), such as footballers (hence the name).

What Are The Symptoms

The common symptoms are:

  • pain and tenderness over anterior ankle joint
  • pain on dorsiflexion and plantar flexion
  • band of pain across anterior ankle when kicking a ball
  • palpable bony lump on distal tibia or superior talus

What our physiotherapists will do is to provide diagnosis that is specific to the footballer’s ankle for differential diagnosis, to find out exactly which structures are injured, how advanced or severe the sprain, strain or injury is, and then to proceed from there.

Managing this condition is an area of expertise for physiotherapists and usually encompasses the whole footballer’s body as well. Why do this is because our sports physiotherapists also loves and engages in sports, so you can expect and be confident that we will provide you or your footballers with the appropriate diagnosis, specific treatment advice and exercise plan to get you back to playing at your best, no matter what sports you enjoy.

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  1. Make A Physiotherapy, Hand Therapy or Deep Tissue Release Singapore Appointment
  2. Arrange A CallBack or Make An E-Enquiry Here
  3. See the list of physiotherapy conditions we treat
  4. Return to Urbanrehab's Physiotherapy, Hand Therapy and Sports Massage Singapore Home Page from our footballers ankle page
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