Capsular Impingement


Surrounding the ankle joint is a tissue that encompasses the joint. Occasionally it can become caught or compressed in the joint when the foot is not aligned properly when walking.


The most common symptoms associated with capsular impingement include:

  • Sharp outside ankle pain.
  • Ankle pain with walking.
  • Tender ankle to touch.

The most common causes of capsular impingement include:

  • Overpronation (foot rolling down and in).
  • Unsupportive footwear.

Orthotics (Orthoses) – Must be prescribed by a physician

Custom made orthotics support the skeleton and soft tissues in the correct position. Orthotics are a long-term solution to prevent reoccurrence by controlling and / or correcting the mechanics that cause the problem. Orthotics for capsular impingement may include:

  • A raised arch area.
  • Built in angulations to prevent overpronation.



Footwear including therapeutic and orthopaedic shoes are integral to the treatment process. Certified Pedorthists are trained to fit patients with appropriate footwear. BioPed offers many types of footwear into which an orthotic device may be placed or worn alone. Footwear for capsular impingement may include the following features…

  • Additional medial stability to control the positioning of the foot.
  • Wide soles.


Modifications to footwear are also available at the discretion of the Pedorthist.