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A 17-year-old female asked:

Have had ankle impingement for 5 months, is surgery now the only option? i want to get back to sports fast not take off months for pt & rest

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Dr. William Schmidt
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Rest: thats exactly what you can do. Rest, a good boot, and perhaps a steroid injection will help. Be patient or you may have to have surgery. Make sure an ortho physician is helping you.
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Sports Medicine 30 years experience
Surgery possible: If your impingement has not resolved with conservative (nonsurgical) treatment,i t is likely that you will benefit from surgery. If you have not had a complete orthopedic evaluation, I would recommend it. Injection, physical therapy, bracing stretching, strengthening, ice and heat can help, but if you exhausted these options over the last 5 months, excision of your osteophyte will likely help.

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