Anterior Impingement Syndrome Treatment

Anterior impingement syndrome (AIS) is pain at the front of the ankle due to compression of the bony or soft tissue structures.


At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment aims to:

What is Anterior Impingement Syndrome?

AIS is caused by repeated compression at the front of the ankle joint, which may result in “joint capsule” or “synovium pinching”. The soft tissue becomes inflamed which generates pain in the ankle.  In some cases, this repeated compression of the ankle joint can lead to osteophytes forming on the front of the tibia or talus bones.

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What are the causes of Anterior Impingement Syndrome?

Physical activities which require a lot of full dorsiflexion frequently results in a greater risk of developing AIS; examples of these include running and football.

Anterior ankle impingement most commonly occurs as a result of:

  • Ankle sprain or recurrent ankle sprains
  • Repetitive loading of the ankle into dorsiflexion

Some of the factors that can contribute to the development of this condition include:

  • Previous ankle injuries
  • Joint stiffness or swelling
  • Muscle tightness
  • Bony anomalies
  • Poor foot/lower limb biomechanics
  • Inappropriate training and recovery practices
  • Poor core stability
  • Poor proprioception or balance

What are the symptoms of Anterior Impingement Syndrome?

  • Dull ache at the front of the ankle with rest, which then becomes sharp pain at the front of the ankle with weight-bearing
  • Tenderness on the front of the ankle joint.
  • In some cases, a clicking sensation during specific ankle movements.
  • Puffiness or swelling of the ankle joint

Treatment for Anterior Impringement Syndrome

What can I do at home?

There are several things that you can do from home to help relieve the pain of AIS.

They include:

  • Limit physical activities while having pain
  • Ice the front of the ankle for 15 to 20 minutes when having pain
  • Wearing supportive shoes
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How to book an appointment?

If you think you have anterior impingement syndrome, or are looking for a physiotherapist near me, the team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess your condition to tailor a unique rehabilitation plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

You can visit our FAQs for more information about appointments at Vitalis Physiotherapy.

Need Help?

Are you suffering from painful Anterior Impingement Syndrome? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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