Posterior Ankle Impingement: Clarification and Confirmation of the Pathoanatomy


Carolyn M. Sofka, MD

Associate Attending Radiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Abstract

The diagnosis of posterior hindfoot pain may prove to be elusive as there are many potential causes of hindfoot pain, including both soft tissue and osseous abnormalities. This is a case presentation of os trigonum syndrome, with the diagnosis suggested by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), confirmed by ultrasound, and treated with os trigonum resection. Specific findings of os trigonum syndrome can be seen on MRI, including bone marrow edema pattern and high signal intensity in the synchondrosis as well as in the surrounding soft tissues. Diagnostic injections performed with imaging guidance can help confirm the diagnosis in equivocal cases. Diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures can help confirm the diagnosis of os trigonum syndrome in a patient presenting with hindfoot pain.

This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 6, Number 1.
View the full article at springerlink.com.

About the HSS Journal

HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal, is published twice a year, February and September, and features articles by internal faculty and HSS alumni that present current research and clinical work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine performed at HSS, including research articles, surgical procedures, and case reports.


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