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Footballer’s Ankle

Close-up Of Male Soccer Player Suffering From Ankle Injury On Field

Footballer’s Ankle

The new football season is here and after the excitement of the World Cup, there has been very little in the way of a break for professionals. This month I wanted to focus on a relatively common injury known as “Footballer’s Ankle”.


What is Footballer’s Ankle?

Footballer’s ankle is an impingement of soft tissue and bone, which can be due to scar tissue and inflammation, or bone spurs that form in the front and back of the ankle joint. This can limit range of motion and cause pain. The classic form of impingement is referred to as "footballer's ankle."Despite the name, this can happen in many different types of sports including football, basketball, and in dancers.


It occurs when the ankle is forced repeated into end range plantar flexion such as when pointing the toes away from you or dorsiflexion, when the toes are pointing up towards you, on movements such as squatting.


How can we Treat Footballer’s Ankle?


There are different ways to treat Footballer’s Ankle starting with conservative treatment, leading all the way up to invasive treatment such as surgery.



  1. Deep tissue massage can work well to break down scar tissue and help assist tissue repair around the ankle joint.
  2. Ultrasound can be a good way to help recovery, and further assist the breakdown of scar tissue.
  3. Stretching and strengthening exercises are necessary to help protect the ankle and also gain more mobility.
  4. In some cases cortisone injection therapy may be required, where a stubborn injury does not respond well alone to conservative treatment, or where ankle mobility is very limited.
  5. In some cases, surgery may be required to shave osteophytes (small bony formations that obstruct joint mobility).



A physiotherapist can assess a sportspersons ankle and diagnose your injury to decide on the best course of treatment. If you have any questions about a potential ankle injury, or would like any more information about the topic discussed above, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01273 467614 or email me at