Os Trigonum Syndrome is a condition causing pain at the back of the ankle that originates from an extra bone that sometimes develops from the posterior talus.
What is Os Trigonum Syndrome?
The Os Trigonum is an accessory ossicle or extra bone in the posterior to the ankle joint, present in 5-15% of the population. Os Trigonum Syndrome refers to pain in the posterior talus and reduced plantarflexion ( ability to point your toes) caused by the “nutcracker-phenomenon”. The “nutcracker phenomenon” is where the os trigonum is crushed between the talus and calcaneus bones. This leads to inflammation and pain of the involved structures.
What are the causes?
The simple presence of an ossicle does not cause the syndrome. Os Trigonum Syndrome is usually caused by an injury to the area, such as an ankle sprain. The condition can also be caused by repeated downward pointing of the toes, in activities such as ballet or soccer.
What are the symptoms?
- Aching pain in the posterior ankle when pushing off your big toe or pointing your toes downward
- Tenderness when touched
- Swelling in the back of the ankle
What can I do at home?
There are several things that you can do from home to help relieve your pain.
- Resting the foot and limiting physical activity
- Ice the foot every 2-3 hours for 15 minutes
- Wearing loose fitting, low-heeled shoes
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from Os Trigonum Syndrome, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment 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.
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