When you kick the ball, the repeated downward stretching and the kick impact effect on the front part of the ankle joint can cause this condition. This leads to strain and inflammation of the joint capsule and later to the formation of small bony growths (osteophytes) on the edge of the joint.
The osteophytes may cause pain and reduce the range of movement of the ankle. The discomfort usually intensifies after exercise.
Rest and physiotherapy. If unsuccessful an operation to remove the osteophytes may be necessary.
This article published on
09 August 2005
Next review date 01/09/2013
Legs, knees, ankles, feet