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Posterior Ankle Impingement in the Dancer

Moser, Brad R. MD

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31823ab4bd
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Dancers spend a lot of time in the relevé position in demi-pointe and en pointe in their training and their careers. Pain from both osseous and soft tissue causes may start to occur in the posterior aspect of their ankle. This article reviews the potential causes of posterior ankle impingement in dancers. It will discuss the clinical evaluation of a dancer and the appropriate workup and radiographic studies needed to further evaluate a dancer with suspected posterior ankle impingement.

The Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, Minnesota Orthopedics Sports Medicine Institute, Edina, MN

Address for correspondence: Brad R. Moser, MD, The Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, Minnesota Orthopedics Sports Medicine Institute, 4010 West 65th Street, Edina, MN 55435 (E-mail: bradmoser@tcomn.com).

© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine