Small bones which can become dislodged in the joint, causing inflammationand pain.
What is it?
Ossicles are small bones. The ossicles which occur in the ankle areaccessory ossicles - extra bones which form naturally during the developmentof the skeleton. The most common accessory ossicle in the ankle is the Ostrigonum, which occurs in about 5-10% of all people. It forms next to the talus(or anklebone).Ossicles can cause a problem if they are displaced and cause pinching in theankle. They can be displaced through a sudden injury, or through stressinjuries (repetitive movement). They can also be a problem if the surroundingtissue is damaged, and thickens or swells up to push against the ossicle or other surrounding tissues.
How does it feel?
Pain in any part of the ankle could be indicative of impingement caused by anossicle. You may also feel instability in your ankle. Os trigonum (see above)will cause pain behind the heel of deep in the back of the ankle. Pain isusually worse when the ankle is pointed downwards. You may also feel apainful clicking sensation when your foot is twisted in and out.
Impingement relating to ossicles can usually be detected with an x-ray or anMRI scan. Thickened or swollen tissue can also be detected on an MRI scan.It might also be necessary for the surgeon to use arthroscopic diagnosis.