Symptoms of Posterior Ankle Impingement
Patients with posterior ankle impingement typically experience pain during activities requiring maximal plantarflexion of the ankle (pointing of the foot) or after these activities while resting. Often the discomfort is noticed at rest at night or in the morning.
Symptoms of posterior ankle impingement are typically felt at the back of the ankle, or in the Achilles region; and may manifest as a dull ache or a more acute, sharper pain. Symptoms may increase when firmly touching the back of the ankle joint and can be referred into other areas, such as the calf or foot.
Symptoms of posterior impingement include pain behind the heel or deep in the back of the ankle. There is generally pain or tenderness just behind the bottom tip of the fibula, by the outer ankle bone. Pain worsens when the foot is pointed down into plantarflexion. A painful “clicking” sensation may also be felt as the foot is twisted in and out.