Ankle Tendonitis Recovery Time

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have an ankle injury and am wondering about recovery time?
    I'm a novice runner and I've been training for a 1/2 marathon using a "beginners training schedule" I found online. About half way through the schedule my left ankle started bothering me, but I ignored it and kept training doing long runs up to 8 miles. Now I haven't been able to run in over a week and my ankle is the size of a grapefruit. After doing some online research I'm pretty sure I have tendonitis. Any runners (even better if you're a runner AND a Doc or PT!) out there who can tell me about recovery time? I've been icing, using anti-inflamatories and not running. I still want to run my 1/2 marathon (Labor Day weekend) even if I have to do it with this injury. Will I do any permanent damage to my ankle by doing so? Help.

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  2. QUESTION:
    posterior tibial tendonitis, a few questions?
    hello board,

    i wasn't sure where to post this but i have been having some trouble with my inner ankle now for about two months. what was originally thought to be a sprain turned into many med express visits and much pain. finally got to see a specialist today and he diagnosed me with posterior tibial tendonitis. i was given a cortisone shot to my inner ankle, and given orders to get these medical inserts for my foot to help my arch. i have flat feet.

    my questions are -

    has anyone else been through this?
    how long was your recovery time?
    after the cortisone injection did the injection site and area really puff up, and when did you notice relief?

    i'm just pretty bummed out. glad i know what is ailing me now but really wish i could walk normally again, i really do not want surgery. thanks all.

    • ANSWER:
      i have no clue , but if would make u feel any batter i would defiantly have sex with u no problem no questions asked , love the hair , and if the curtains match the rug then i would probably even marry u

  3. QUESTION:
    Can 3 doses of Cipro cause permanent tendon damage?
    I was put on a 7 day dose of cipro for a UTI over the weekend. Within the first dose, I started to experience ankle pain on the back where my achilles is located. It was on both sides, though the left side was worse. I had read the warning about cipro causing tendonitis and tendon rupturing, so I was quite worried. I contacted my doctor and she said that sometimes cipro causes muscle achiness and to take some motrin for the pain. She said if it got worse to call back. I took two more doses the next day and the pain got worse. I also got pain in my knee and hip joints, and my calves were sore as well. I stopped taking the cipro after that and called my doctor again. They prescribed me a different antibiotic. My last cipro dosage was about 36 hours ago.

    I am still experiening pain in my ankles, legs and hips, especially on the left side. I have tried to restrain from walking around too much, and am wearing sneakers around the house to relieve pressure on the ankles. I'm also taking tylenol (can't take ibuprofen because it tears up my stomach).

    Has anyone had a similar reaction to cipro or another antibiotic in the same class? And if so, how long was the recovery time? Am I still at high risk for tendon rupture even with taking only 3 doses?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you will have to worry about permanent damage, but I do know my friend had similar problems with Cipro--but her doctor was not as willing to listen as yours and she really had to fight to get her medicine changed.

      One thing that might help you is to flood your system with water. You may not be taking in as much fluid as you should be, especially with the pain of a UTI, you may subconsciously not drinking enough because you want to avoid having to urinate. Drink as much fluid--water and cranberry juice--try not to drink soda, it is not good for your kidneys when you are already sick--and get that Cipro out of your system.

  4. QUESTION:
    Knee Sprain Not Healing?
    I have been in recovery from posterior tibial tendonitis for a while now. When I was wearing my walking boot about two months ago, I did something stupid, which ended up damaging the knee on the same side where my tendonitis is (left). I was reaching across my bed for something, and kept my legs completely straight. I think I overextended my knee, and I did that about 2 or 3 nights in a row. I started experiencing pain from it a week or two later, and it has not subsided since. That was at the end of March. I saw an orthopedic for it. He just took x-rays, bent my leg in all kinds of positions, and said everything seemed strong and right. He recommended PT, which I started 3 weeks ago for my ankle, too. My PT and I have really been working on stengthening my knee and leg muscles, but the injury is not completely healing. I had PT this morning, and ever since getting home, my knee has been really hurting all day. I don't understand why it is not healing, just like my ankle. I am so frustrated and was just wondering if anyone has been through this before? I miss running so much and am eager to heal completely. Thank you so much for your time.=)

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Ankle Tendonitis Exercises

The Achilles tendon is the point of attaching the calf muscles to the heel. It's main function is for plantar flexion of the feet such as pushing off during the running. The tendon can become inflamed as a result of repetition stress or some medical condition such as gout. Although a relatively common condition among runners, it can also occur in other sports such as high jumping and gymnastics.

Symptoms

  1. Swollen tendon, associated with warmth and tenderness.
  2. Pain worsening when the ankle bends upwards (dorsiflexion).
  3. Tightness of the Achilles tendon resulting in a "toe tough" gait (inability to stand on tiptoe with the affected toe)


Ankle Tendonitis Cure

So, you’ve been diagnosed with tendonitis and you’ve gone through the usual types of treatment programs like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and even cortisone shots.

What else is available?

Before we discuss the exciting new ways of managing chronic tendonitis, let’s talk about what tendonitis is… and what it isn’t.

Tendons are thick cords of fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bones. It is this connection that allows joint motion. When muscles contract, they pull on the tendons which cause the bones to move.

In order for tendons to glide they move inside a lubricated sheath of tissue that is lined with synovial tissue. This synovial tissue is the same type of tissue that lines the inside of joints. Tendonitis occurs when the sheath through which a tendon glides becomes inflamed. This leads to severe pain. The pain usually gets worse with use of the affected joint. However, when tendonitis becomes severe, there may be pain at rest, particularly at night.

Since muscles and tendons surround most joints, tendonitis is rather common. The diagnosis of tendonitis is relatively simple for the experienced clinician. Generally, the diagnosis is made by history and physical examination. In difficult diagnostic cases, diagnostic ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging is helpful in confirming the diagnosis.

Some of the more common types of tendonitis are:

Shoulder tendonitis. The tendons in the shoulder that are most often affected are the rotator cuff and biceps tendons.

The rotator cuff consists of four tendons that sit on top of the upper arm bone. They are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor tendons. The location of these tendons and the muscles they attach to are what give the shoulder such a great range of motion.

Rotator cuff tendonitis may occur as a result of repetitive activity or tendon degeneration. Pain is felt with most movements and is usually located on the outside part of the shoulder. Certain movements such as reaching behind or to the side may be uncomfortable.

The biceps tendon permits the arm to be flexed at the elbow. Biceps tendonitis also occurs due to repetitive activity and pain is felt in the front of the shoulder.

Shoulder tendonitis can sometimes be treated successfully with anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and occasionally glucocorticoid (cortisone) injection. These methods are most useful for acute tendonitis.

Tendonitis in the elbow is usually located either on the outside and is called lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. It may also occur along the inside part of the elbow- medial epicondylitis. This is called golfer’s elbow.

Treatment for this condition consists of physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, splints, and injections. While surgery is sometimes recommended for chronic case, I will discuss why that is inadvisable.

Tendonitis in the wrist arises because of repetitive motion. A peculiar form of tendonitis, called Dequervain’s tendonitis, is felt on the outside of the thumb.

Tendonitis in this area is managed with glucorticoid injections and immobilization with a splint. Physical therapy modalities may be helpful. Rarely, if ever, is surgery required. Tendonitis in the fingers can lead to catching of the fingers. This is termed “trigger finger.” Trigger finger usually responds to injection.

Tendonitis in the knee may affect the patellar tendon. This is the tendon that connects the knee cap to the tibia (lower leg bone). Patellar tendonitis usually occurs because of excessive jumping and is actually called “jumpers knee.” This is treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy.

Tendonitis in the ankle can occur along the outside of the ankle (peroneal tendonitis), the inside of the ankle (posterior tibial tendonitis), or at the back of the ankle (Achilles tendonitis). The tendonitis that occurs along the outside or inside of the ankle can occur because of trauma or because of mechanical instability. Another potential cause is an underlying arthritis condition.

Achilles tendonitis often occurs as a result of excessive stress and loading of the tendon as well as repetitive motion. The Achilles tendon is the thick cord at the back of the ankle that connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. Treatment involves rest, elevation of the heel to take the tension off the Achilles tendon, and physical therapy. Glucocorticoid injection should be avoided because of the danger of Achilles tendon rupture. Anti-inflammatory medication may be helpful.

So what can be done to treat chronic tendonitis? What can you do if you’ve tried all of the above treatments and still have a problem?

The first new approach, particularly with tendons that are balky is to use hydrodissection. This is a form of treatment where a small gauge needle is introduced into the tendon sheath and a large volume of saline, glucocorticoid, and lidocaine are used to dissect the sheath away from the tendon. Often chronic inflammation causes the sheath and tendon to stick together and this can cause pain as well as loss of function. This type of therapy is particularly effective for the small tendons in the hand.

Another new form of therapy called tenotomy is now being used. This almost always negates the need for an open surgical procedure. With tenotomy, a small gauge needle is introduced with local anesthetic and used to “irritate” the insertion of the tendon where the site of inflammation is located. The needle is inserted using direct ultrasound visualization. After the needling, injection of a small amount of platelet rich plasma (PRP) is performed at the site of needling, again using direct ultrasound visualization. PRP is rich in growth factors that stimulate healing. The process of healing takes only a few days to weeks as opposed to the several weeks to months that an open surgical procedure takes.

Tenotomy can be performed at almost any site where there is chronic tendon inflammation. Results are usually excellent.

Both of these procedures are excellent for the aging athlete who wants to keep going.

For more information about hydrodissection and tenotomy, contact the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland at (301) 694-5800.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Cure for Ankle tendonitis?

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  2. QUESTION:
    how to cure tendinitis in the ankle quickly?
    for the past few days i have been having major pain in my ankle. i finally went to our school doc and he said it was tendinitis. he told me some steps to resolve it, but i forgot so i wanted some stretches or exercises to cure my tendinitis and quickly

    i have a track meet on saturday so best answer will get 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      It does not heal quickly. Rehab and therapy can last for months. It can take about 12 weeks to heal, but be aware the injury is caused by repetition and can easily return.

      Poor body mechanics are usually the root cause of such injuries.

  3. QUESTION:
    help me cure my knee pain? tendonitis!!?
    so i over trained last xc season(went from never running in my life to 12 miles a day, atleast 5 days a week)..and i never took time off to recover from my injuries, i just ran through them.
    same with track. i had xc practice in the morning, track after school, then i ran on my own.
    this summer i was forced to take off and heal. i did, and lost alot of muscle doing so(i also went on extreme dieting, which i now regret). so my times were really slow when i started running 2 weeks ago. i didnt over train though, about 2-3 miles a day, thats it.but then i got tendonitis in my knee!! i took a week off and thought it healed, but i had a really short run today and my knee is hurting again! before, my injuries were mainly in my ankles/calves, no real probs with my knee.
    how do i stop this? prevent it? what cures tendonitis? how do i run through it?
    the other kids on the team have been running all summer and already competing!! i havent run at all and am so out of shape!! how do i get in shape quicker so i dont look so slow at meets?
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      U may have twisted your knee and have ruptured some of its ligaments. U must give rest to it and wrap an elastic bandage around it.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with a Tendonitis question please?
    My boyfriend has Tendonitis in his left ankle & I feel so bad for him! He's always limping & he's always complaining how bad it hurts. He went to the hospital last week & they didn't do nothing but told him it's Tendonitis & to just lay of it (the hospital is extremely ghetto&they don't care about anyone!) I just felt his ankle & it feels like a big ball & its really tender. What can he do to make it heal! Or what can we do to make it feel better & make it heal. Does this ever go away?? Is there a cure?? Please help I'm desperate!

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  5. QUESTION:
    tendonitis!!! please give me SOMETHING. any advice helps!?
    so i over trained last xc season(went from never running in my life to 12 miles a day, atleast 5 days a week)..and i never took time off to recover from my injuries, i just ran through them.
    same with track. i had xc practice in the morning, track after school, then i ran on my own.
    this summer i was forced to take off and heal. i did, and lost alot of muscle doing so(i also went on extreme dieting, which i now regret). so my times were really slow when i started running 2 weeks ago. i didnt over train though, about 2-3 miles a day, thats it.but then i got tendonitis in my knee!! i took a week off and thought it healed, but i had a really short run today and my knee is hurting again! before, my injuries were mainly in my ankles/calves, no real probs with my knee.
    how do i stop this? prevent it? what cures tendonitis? how do i run through it?
    the other kids on the team have been running all summer and already competing!! i havent run at all and am so out of shape!! how do i get in shape quicker so i dont look so slow at meets?
    thanks!

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  6. QUESTION:
    im tired of being hurt! tendonitis now!?
    so i over trained last xc season(went from never running in my life to 12 miles a day, atleast 5 days a week)..and i never took time off to recover from my injuries, i just ran through them.
    same with track. i had xc practice in the morning, track after school, then i ran on my own.
    this summer i was forced to take off and heal. i did, and lost alot of muscle doing so(i also went on extreme dieting, which i now regret). so my times were really slow when i started running 2 weeks ago. i didnt over train though, about 2-3 miles a day, thats it.but then i got tendonitis in my knee!! i took a week off and thought it healed, but i had a really short run today and my knee is hurting again! before, my injuries were mainly in my ankles/calves, no real probs with my knee.
    how do i stop this? prevent it? what cures tendonitis? how do i run through it?
    the other kids on the team have been running all summer and already competing!! i havent run at all and am so out of shape!! how do i get in shape quicker so i dont look so slow at meets?
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to let your body completely recover from the extreme dieting and extreme running. The other kids most likely did not go on an extreme diet. You need to eat well, rest, drink plenty of water, and exercise only moderately. Treat the tendonitis with cold packs and some anti-inflammatory medications if necessary. But you need to let your body recover and take better care of yourself. It is the only body you will ever have.

  7. QUESTION:
    why am i always hurt! tendonitis?
    so i over trained last xc season(went from never running in my life to 12 miles a day, atleast 5 days a week)..and i never took time off to recover from my injuries, i just ran through them.
    same with track. i had xc practice in the morning, track after school, then i ran on my own.
    this summer i was forced to take off and heal. i did, and lost alot of muscle doing so(i also went on extreme dieting, which i now regret). so my times were really slow when i started running 2 weeks ago. i didnt over train though, about 2-3 miles a day, thats it.but then i got tendonitis in my knee!! i took a week off and thought it healed, but i had a really short run today and my knee is hurting again! before, my injuries were mainly in my ankles/calves, no real probs with my knee.
    how do i stop this? prevent it? what cures tendonitis? how do i run through it?
    the other kids on the team have been running all summer and already competing!! i havent run at all and am so out of shape!! how do i get in shape quicker so i dont look so slow at meets?
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Because you exceed your limits and never heal anything.
      Your knee problems are a complication from old injuries.
      The only way to stop the generation of a pain signal is to fix the damage.
      Do not move...ever.
      How do you know it's tendinitis?
      You do not unless you want to make it worse and suffer for the rest of your life.

      According to your post you have a long list of problems, fixing them is going to take lots of time and effort. http://www.hubpages.com/hub/Speed-healing-of-trauma-injuries-through-self-directed-regeneration

  8. QUESTION:
    how to cure tendinitis in the ankle quickly?
    for the past few days i have been having major pain in my ankle. i finally went to our school doc and he said it was tendinitis. he told me some steps to resolve it, but i forgot so i wanted some stretches or exercises to cure my tendinitis and quickly

    i have a track meet on saturday so best answer will get 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      Tendinitis is an inflamed tendin not an infection, as another answerer mis informed you. To get rid of inflamation which is usually associated with heat, swelling, and pain use an ice pac over the area for 20 mins, make sure there is cloth between the ice and the skin to not get damage to the skin. After 20 mins the pain will be eased greatly, then move and massage the area gently until it warms up again wait 30 mins and do again, you could be ready for that tract meet. If you want to apply something that will greatly help, try a DMSO cream.
      http://yesmamm.tripod.com/alternatives_to_medicine_and_medication_.htm
      here you will find information about inflamation and a place to get the DMSO

  9. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with a Tendonitis question please?
    My boyfriend has Tendonitis in his left ankle & I feel so bad for him! He's always limping & he's always complaining how bad it hurts. He went to the hospital last week & they didn't do nothing but told him it's Tendonitis & to just lay of it (the hospital is extremely ghetto&they don't care about anyone!) I just felt his ankle & it feels like a big ball & its really tender. What can he do to make it heal! Or what can we do to make it feel better & make it heal. Does this ever go away?? Is there a cure?? Please help I'm desperate!

    • ANSWER:
      awwww poor thing i hope he feels better!


Ankle Tendonitis

Achilles tendon injuries are an extremely common injury amongst runners.

What causes Achilles tendonitis?

There are multiple causes of this problem. Sometimes it is a simple case of overload: too much, too soon.

Sometimes there is a dramatic change in training maybe changing from flat running to hills or from slow paced running to sprints. It is very important to make sure that enough time is allowed for adaptation to the muscles and tendons to occur.

What exactly is Achilles tendinitis?

Achilles injuries may result in inflammation of the tendon. Continued wear and tear to the tendoncauses degenerative changes in the tendon. Sometimes long standing injuries the tendon may have calcification within it.

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendinitis?

Most people report to the clinic with the following symptoms;


Ankle Tendonitis Brace

How do you know if you have achilles tendonitis? When you are walking or rise on your toes, you may feel a dull ache in your foot if you have this condition.

The condition may cause your Achilles tendon to feel tender. This tendon may feel stiff, especially in the morning. You may also notice swelling in your tendon. The tendon may make a crackling sound when you touch it or move it.

There are 2 types of Achilles tendonitis, acute and chronic. Acute tendonitis can occur over a few days. Chronic tendonitis usually occurs over a longer period of time.

Typical acute tendonitis symptoms are: the pain begins slowly over a few days. Pain eases when resting. Pain when you starting exercising which fades as the exercise progresses

Chronic tendonitis can follow on from acute tendonitis and typical symptoms are: the pain increases over a period of weeks and months. Pain in the tendon, especially when climbing stairs or walking uphill. Thickening and swelling of the tendon and redness over the skin. You may get lumps in the tendon especially above the heels.

You use your Achilles tendon when you walk, run, and jump. If you play sports like basketball, volleyball, or football you can hurt your tendon. Playing sports can put stress on this tendon. Too much stress on the tendon can cause it to tear.

When the tendon tears it can become inflamed and swollen. Achilles tendonitis can occur when your body is not well-conditioned. If you overuse your tendon or if you have a flat foot arch you may develop Achilles tendonitis. Injury and infection can also cause Achilles tendonitis.

What can you do? Achille braces for achilles tendonitis are designed to help relieve achilles tendontis pain. They help to reduce irritation and inflammation. And work to improve the function of your ankle and foot.

Achilles braces for Achilles tendonitis can help you increase your activity level. They can also help you improve the function of your tendon. Along with that, they can help you improve your endurance and decrease your pain.

Popular Achilles braces for Achilles tendonitis include braces like: the Silipos Achilles Heel Pad, the Cho-Pat Tendon Strap, and the Pro-Tec Tendon Strap. They are all level II braces. This means they give you basic support. These braces use compression that targets the Achilles tendon.

They reduce stress and provide support. These braces cost .95, .95, and .95 respectively. The Cho-Pat brace is widely used and recognized by sport medicine professionals as an excellent brace for Achilles tendonitis.

These prices have been referenced from Braceshop.com.


Ankle Tendonitis Cast

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Would I need a cast for a third degree ankle sprain and tendonitis?
    I'm pretty sure I have a third degree ankle sprain from gym. But I know I have tendinitis (I've had it before) I was wondering if anyone knew if they would put me in a cast for that or a boot?

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  2. QUESTION:
    When you have a cast on, is your ankle suppose to move??????
    I just got a cast today on my leg to help give my ankle a rest. I have tendonitis. I can move my leg and ankle. If it wasnt tight around my ankle I could probably move my leg all the way out of the cast. Am I suppose to be able to move my leg around in the cast??

    I have sent an email to my doctor, I just wanted to see what you thought because this is my first time with a cast. Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      As a matter of fact, I just had my first cast taken off my wrist this week.

      While in it, I was able to wiggle my arm a little, but it hurt too much to REALLY damage any thing.

      Don't push it. Just let your leg sit quietly in that cast. You're trying to get the tendons to repair themselves.

      Rule of thumb: If it hurts, stop doing it and rest. Let pain be your guide.

  3. QUESTION:
    Ankle Tendonitis????? Treatment?
    I have self diagnosed ankle tendonitis. I have a severe sprain about 8 years ago (had to have a cast) on the same ankle. A few weeks ago it suddenly became swollen and sore. I can actually track my outer tendon (peroneus longus or brevis) from the malleolus (sticky out bit) down into my foot and feel how tender it is. My tendons also hurt and burn up theo utside of my calf about half way up.
    It wakes me at night and burns and itches on the inside
    Does this sounds like ankle tendonitis? It is getting worse.
    What is the treatment and should l still work fulltime at the moment (I am an RN with no knowlegde of ankle stuff)

    • ANSWER:
      If you are all ready in the presence of numerous different physicians. WHY ! Have you not had any one look at it. You are in the industry of helping others, but in order to do this you need to take care of yourself. I will not guess what you may have done to your ankle but I can say that the longer you keep straining it the longer it will take to heal. You also stand the chance of having a long term injury.

  4. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle / tendonitis recovery suggestions?
    i thought i had sprained my ankle almost three weeks ago. i was elevating, icing, wrapping it, staying off of it. last week i finally had enough and wanted a professional opinion i had it x-rayed and had a doc look at it. they said i had some swelling, gave me an air cast and the x-rays turned up nothing wrong. the doc said it could be a case of tendonitis but they didn't really give me too many tips on how to fight this. been wearing my air cast. doing minimal walking, taking some advil for inflammation, etc. this is my first experience with this can anyone give me some helpful tips / insight? much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is to rest it. Tendonitis is overuse of tendons then when you do your follow up ask to start physical therapy

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I convince a doctor to give me a cast for my tendonitis?
    I have had posterior tibial tendonitis (tendonitis in the inside of my ankle) for several years. I wear orthotics and do strengthening exercises but it still bothers me, not a lot, but enough that I want to do something about it. I have done research and I think that immobilization is the best way to alleviate the symptoms for the time being. What is the best way to lead a doctor to this conclusion as well?I don't want to straight up ask for a cast, so what should I say?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter is currently suffering from tendinitis...and yes they may put a cast on. We were told that if her wrist doesn't show improvement in the next week...then they will put on a cast. So the answer is yes. Also if you go to google and type in "tenditis cast" you'll see that a cast is used.

      as for treatment besides the cast--
      anti-inflammatory meds will help control symptoms of pain, but more importantly they help in the treatment of wrist tendonitis to decrease inflammation and swelling of the soft-tissues. These treatment medications will decease the inflammatory response which is the cause of the pain.

      Cortisone is a more powerful anti-inflammatory treatment option that is given by injection directly to the site of inflammation. Cortisone injections are safe, but can weaken tendons over time if too many injections are given. if all else fails after many different attempts they may try surgery.

      Good Luck Dear.

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  6. QUESTION:
    What will my doctor do for peroneal tendonitis?
    I have had problems with pain in my ankle for almost 4 weeks, and a friend told me that I probably had peroneal tendonitis. I am going to the doctor tomorrow, and I was wondering what my treatment would be? Will I need surgery since I have had it for so long now? Will I need my ankle to be immobilized in a cast or boot? Thanks!

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  7. QUESTION:
    When to stop bracing my sprained ankle?
    I have a sprained ankle, foot, and I have tendonitis in my achilles tendon. I have been wearing a brace now for just about three weeks. The swelling has gone down and I can walk without too much trouble. What are some signs that let me know when to stop wearing my air cast? I don't want to make my ankle any more weak than it is by wearing the brace too much. What do you think?

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  8. QUESTION:
    Treatment for cut from cast cutter?
    I had my cast removed ago last week after 7 weeks from achilles tendonitis. During the removal of the cast, I started to feel pain on the on side by my ankle. After the cast was fully removed I noticed a cut where the pain was due to not being enough cast padding there. Any advice on how to treat it?
    there was barely any padding there. The dr was in a rush when he casted my leg. When he was cutting it off, I could feel the cutter go right through the cast and padding.

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  9. QUESTION:
    I have a pain under my cast?
    I had a cast put on because I have tendonitis in 2 of my tendons in my ankle. There is a pain under my cast. I can't take any kind of pain reliever cause I am allergic to them. How can I get rid of the pain?
    I can take like vicodin but not ibprofen

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there. I can't imagine you would be allergic to ALL the pain relievers on the market today. If you are, then your only choice is to call the doctor that applied the cast and tell him your story. Otherwise, there is no way to relieve pain under a cast.

      I am an RN

  10. QUESTION:
    how can I make my ankle tendinitis go away?
    I have been in pain from tendinitis in my ankle for the last 4 months, and I just cannot seem to make it better. I am only 18 and my foot doctor says that it is extremly rare for a person under 40 to get it like me. He said I got it because I have flat feet. My ankle was really swollen for the first month, but that is so far the only thing that has improved. I've been to physio, and it did nothing. I've put ice and heat on it and it did nothing. I have been wearing an aircast walker (its a big bulky strap on cast that goes to like my knee if you didnt know) for that last 6 weeks,and the pain has not improved. It is sooo annoying always being in pain, i even had to quit my job because of it because i couldn't stand for my 8 hour shifts! Anyone have any suggestions on how to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      I am 53 and mine comes and goes once in awhile.
      The way I treat it is by massage and pressure point.
      I haven't had a problem now for about 2 years.
      I massaged it any chance I got when I was sitting down.

  11. QUESTION:
    Will they put my leg in cast?
    I think I might have posterior tibial tendonitis. I have really bad pain on the inner arch of my right foot and this has been happening for a while. It is worse at the end of the day and after exercise. It has been really bad since Saturday. I have had constant pain and swelling on the inner part of my foot. I also get pain up behind my ankle bone. I do lots of dance training so I am more prone to this injury. When I stand on both feet my affect foot is bent in so my ankle sticks out on the inside whereas the other one is straight. Also when my affected foot is flat on the floor you can barely see the arch shape and my foot seems to be turned in. It really hurts and I struggle to stand up on my toes. I cannot get to the doctor until Friday at the earliest. I am icing it when I get in from school every evening and missing dance and PE classes. If it is posterior tibial tendonitis, will they put my ankle in a cast? I live in the Uk and I don't know if treatment is different depending on where you live.

    • ANSWER:
      they might put it in a splinter, a cast is for broken bones, the hand needs to breath if its a muscle or a tendon ripped. so the answer might be yes and no, depends on your scan

  12. QUESTION:
    Anyone here have tendinitis of the ankle?
    I have it on my right foot. My doctor put me in a cast for 10 days. I was wondering if anyone else has been threw this? Will the cast fix the problem? He gave me some shots, that only helped for a short amount of time.

    • ANSWER:
      i have had tendinitis in both my ankles, knees, and wrists. and its not fun as im sure you know. The cast usually will help the problem because it keeps you form moving it causing more damage. some cases can be worse then others and require more treatment or surgery but thats only in extreem cases.

  13. QUESTION:
    Ankle recovery after surgery?
    So, I was told I had tendonitis and a extra bone in my right ankle. They put me in a cast 2 years ago after it started hurting.
    So, I just started dance and guess what? My ankle is beginning to hurt AGAIN! They said 2 years ago that there was an opition if surgery to remove the second bone. I really want the surgery but how do I recover? On crutches? For how long? Please answer! I'm gonna ask my mom if I can go back to my orthopedic doctor. So dont tell me to ask my doctor!

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  14. QUESTION:
    Chronic Achilles Tendonitis?
    Ok i had achilles tendonitis in oct. and was put into a cast and on crutches till Dec. Then in a walking boot. Then i had physical therapy which seemed to hurt. I went back to my doc. and he said I have chronic Achilles tondonitis.
    First what does that mean exactly?
    Second I am out of p.e. for the rest of the year do to this and yet my p.e. teacher is trying to find something for me to do and he said that he would try and get a bike for me....but i dont think this is a good idea. Becasue its in the middle of the day and my ankle and leg hurt and i dont want to casue my self more pain and i dont want to reinjury it even more. i do bike in the evening wen i feel comfertable.

    So do you think staying of the bike in p.e. is a good idea?
    What activites would hurt my tendon?

    Please help!
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      IF YOU DONT FEEL THAT A BIKE IS A GOOD IDEA, THEN GET A LETTER FROM YOUR DR STATING THAT YOU CANNOT RIDE A BIKE AND YOU WONT HAVE TO DO THAT.
      SEE IF THERE IS SOME PAPERWORK THAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR....
      MEANWHILE GET A 2ND OPINION FROM ANOTHER ORTHOPAEDIC DR.

  15. QUESTION:
    Anyone have tendinitis in the ankle???
    If so will it ever go away. I'm in a cast for 10 days. My doctor hope resting my ankle will help. The pain is the worst part. Will losing weight help? I need all the info I can get. Please.

    • ANSWER:
      taking time off is the only way to get a full recovery. if you start too soon the tendon will never get a chance to get to recover to full strength. losing weight might help in some cases because the extra weight might be putting extra stress on the tendon causing it to flare up. that however is only with sever overweight. normally tendinitis is cause by too much running and just general over use. doing pain free stretching and ice it. ice is very important because ice is a constrictor and decreases sensation. vasoconstriction will lessen the blood flow to the inflammation.

      rest is best

  16. QUESTION:
    Tendonitis surgery????
    So for the past four years i've dealt with severe ankle problems, mostly around my outer ankle and my inside arch on my right foot/ankle. Four years ago i sprained it and the doctors just told me to rest and i'd be good to play softball in a couple of weeks.They scheduled no xrays or mri's... so i did as i was told and stayed off of it. As soon as i started playing i started having pains and as the years went on it got worse and worse. i went back to the doctors 2 years later and the sent me to physical therapy for a year or so after the that they decided to get some xrays and mri's. Turns out that there is a big bruise on my ankle bone, they also told me that i had chronic tendinitis. So they put me in a cast for a month. I've had my cast off for 6 weeks now and i'm back in physical therapy but it still hurts to walk on it. Is there any kind of surgery i could get to take care of this...or any other solution that will solve this problem?
    Thanks
    i've had 3 opinions on my ankle lol and they are all different. what are the injections?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, when you're in a cast, everything gets tight. The foot/ankle complex is designed to move. You develop a compensatory gait pattern and all of your motion comes from your hip and knee as a result.

      Tendinits doesn't have to be "chronic." When one has tendinitis, is means that a tendon is chronically inflamed. The next logical question is "why?" I'd be willing to bet that there is an alignment issue somewhere else along the kinetic chain. It could be your back, neck, hip, knee etc. The bottom line here is that there is something that is causing this tendon to overwork or work in a manner that it wasn't designed to.

      Sometimes you have to look outside the box to find the solution. The key is to treat the origen of the problem, not the manifestation. Here's an example that I love to use:

      You have a car and chronically have one tire that (let's say driver's front driver's side) that always wears funny. How do you correct the problem? Do you just go out and buy a new tire? Nope! The car is in desperate need of an alignment check to make sure that everything is where it should be. If it isn't, you will continue to have to replace the tire repeatedly. In this case, your tendon is the tire!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! With all of this being said, surgery may not necessarily be the answer!

  17. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like peroneal tendonitis? Please help me, im a serious dancer!?
    Doing tap 2 years ago, i had sprained my ankle doing toe stance. It was painful, but healed fairly quickly. A little over a year ago, i started dancing on pointe. (The hard toed shoes where you stand on your tippy toes) and i loved it, but my ankle started bothering me. It was EXTREMELY uncomfortable and painful going on my toes. During that summer i took it easy and did the least amount of ankle activity i could, but the problem just kept getting worse and worse. From what ive read, peroneal tendonitis can be caused after a sprain or something? im no expert though, thats why i need help!
    In september i started training for more competitions and things, and i continued doing pointe, but by then it wasnt even only pointe that hurt. Any pointing of my left foot at all was unbearable! I started going to physio, and the physiotherapist told me i had serious achilles tendonitis, and should take a break from dance if it got any worse.
    Of course, it did get worse, but i was tough and was in the middle of competitions, and taking a break wasnt an option! Eventually, i realized it wasnt my achilles that was in pain, it was right behind the ankle bone on the outside of my foot. It hurt so bad to push on, and soon after it swelled up so much in that one spot that i could see a circular shape almost as big as the ankle bone itself.
    I told my physiotherapist and she gave me inserts for my shoes to raise my heels. I wore them for a week before realizing they were only making things worse. She also gave me excersizes, like balancing on a board thing and rises to help strenghthen my achilles, but the rises were so painful, i couldnt do them without collapsing.
    I have extremely wide feet, and almost no arch. Even though ive read it normally happens to people with high arches, i still think this might be peroneal tendonitis!
    During this summer, ive been away on vacation, strictly no dance to make time for it to heal. I also havent been in the city to go see physio. Ive kept trying the excersizes, and even after time to heal, theyre still just as painful! I dont know what to do. Dance is a huge part of my life, and from what ive read i might need a cast? And you cant dance with a cast on, haah. I really love to dance and have gotten lots of awards for it, and quitting sounds insane, but i cant handle the pain anymore.
    Could someone please confirm that this is what i think it is? And any advice would be great, should i take a year off dance? Or do i need to stop completely? All i know is this pain is insane and constant and i dont know what to do! PLEASE. please help me! dance registration is in a week and i need time to think about what im going to do! PLEASE <3

    • ANSWER:
      Wow! i Have the same exact problem and im 12 years old. i take tap jazz ballet pointe and modern everyday of the week and ive always had problems with my ankle my doctor thought i was sprained twice and its always hurt and never stopped. and it just hurt all the time and even if im just sitting or alking or anyhting it hurts! And just recently i went to my ankle specialist and he told me i had peoneal tendon subluxation and that he doesnt want me to do pointe anymore cause it makes it hurt alot and you use the peroneal tendons alot in pointe. Peroneal tendon subluxation hurts right behind the ankle bone like you said and thats the peroneal tendon then subluxation is when your tendon moves over your bone which causes pain alot!! I would say thats what you have!
      Good luck to you! :D

  18. QUESTION:
    How long until tendonitis pain goes away? (mostly asking ballet dancers)?
    so right around the end of May i was rehearsing for an audition and i felt a little tweak in my left ankle after stepping en pointe.
    i had just taken class (in slippers), but i was not prepared for pointe work.
    i felt it happen on a pique arabesque turn. i found myself unable to continue my routine and went home to rest it.
    of course, i still had an audition to do! so, unfortunately, i had to push myself to dance on my ankle for the next couple of days.
    i gave it one week of rest before attending Gelsey Kirkland's summer intensive. (i already paid a butt-ton of money, i couldn't not get a refund, or re-schedule) so i had to suck it up and do it!

    i did see the orthopedist, he took an xray, said there were no breaks and no fractures.
    it turns out (as i had expected) it was inflammation in my posterior tibial tendon.
    he gave me naproxen, and i ordered a sport cast.

    the 3 weeks at GK were painful. although i did push myself, i was careful not to jump.

    rolling through the foot, pointing, and landing jumps (specifically petite allegro) hurt the most.

    i find some days it's okay, and other days it still hurts.
    i still dance a few days a week (just to keep it strong) and i always ice it after class...

    so it's been just over 3 full months since the injury.
    in your experience, how long until tendonitis goes away?

    i admit, it's giving me significantly less trouble than in the beginning. but i'm still very frustrated because it hinders my jumping.
    **could NOT get a refund

    i should add; i've been taking classes in slippers, i'm worried i can't do anything en pointe yet :(

    • ANSWER:
      well i once had tendinitis in my Achilles and it lasted about two weeks
      i dont know about you but heres some advise
      -ask if you can sit down during jumps (you should work during class, but once you feel it hurt stop doing the exercise cause you dont want to aggravate it)

      -wear a million legwarmers before class to warm it up (ever though it is inflamed, it is better to have the muscle in the tendon warmed up so it wont hurt as much)

      -if you do feel it hurting put a little icy hot or tiger balm on it (from my experience it numbs the pain)

      Good luck :)

  19. QUESTION:
    achilles tendonitis... post-walking boot?
    I found out I have tendonitis in my achilles from running. I was able to cycle and walk on a treadmill full incline with no problems for months. It only hurt when I ran over a half mile. After months of non running (just bike/walk) I got an MRI. Doctor said it didn't really look all that bad.

    He put me in a boot to immobilize it for a month. Went back and he said go about daily life... go bike, walk, try to run if you want.

    I biked for 2 days and my tendon feels sore. I assume its just from not using my ankle for 4 weeks. But I'm paranoid. I do all the stretches 100x a day. I'm so freaked out that I feel soreness/tightness and I dont want to spend my summer in a walking cast.

    How long should I wait before I try to casually walk or bike?
    Any recommendations? The doc didn't tell me a damn thing.

    Is the discomfort from not using my tendon for a few weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a partial tear in mine - I wore a boot for two months.

      I stretch out gradually before I work out (martial arts) and even now 2 years later it still 'pings' once in a while

  20. QUESTION:
    Are they going to put my leg in a cast!?
    I have this really bad inner arch pain and it spreads right up behind my ankle. The length of my arch is completely swollen and stiff and really painful. I have been having pain there for a long time but other the past few weeks it has got worse and today it is really bad. I am a dancer so a lot of pressure is put on my feet and ankles. It hurts for me to stand on my toes and flat on my foot. It hurts for me to point my toes and the inner part of my foot in turned in. I am pretty sure its posterior tibial tendonitis and I was reading up online that they put your leg in a cast for like 6 weeks! There is no way I can have my leg in cast, I wont be able to get to school and I will miss my major dance competition, what I am going to do??

    • ANSWER:
      well if it is tendonitis then they will put you in a cast so you can heal, however to be sure of that you need to see a doctor, don't jump to conclusions just yet! it might not be that bad :)

  21. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my ankle?
    Okay, so about five years ago my ankle started hurting. It came out of no where, so I iced in on and off for a few days. Nothing helped so a few days later I went to the doctors. They diagonosed me with tendonitis ans gave me a brace to wear during physical activity. That worked for a while but then the pain came back, so they sent me in for physical therapy. After several weeks of doing that they said everything would be fine. Not so much. I visited several doctors but they all gave me the same answer: nothing's wrong. I got an xray and nothing appeared to be wrong with it. I just rode it out to see of it would go away. A year later it still hurt so I went in for an MRI. Nothing looked wrong there either. The doctors decided to put me in a cast and crutches for six weeks and hoped being off of it would take care of it. For a while it went away but after getting off crutches, it started hurting again. In result of that, we gave up on doctors and just took a break. 3 years after that, I went to an orthopede. They sent me in for a second MRI, with the results being the same as before. Then they said the pain was because I walk on the inside of my feet and gave me orthodics to wear to fix it. That did not help at all so we gave up. Lately it's been hurting worse then ever. I'm nearly in tears after every practice or game I have. I ice when its really bad but it doesnt help much. What could be wrong? What could I do to help the pain? I'm getting really frustrated with it and I just dont know what to do anymore.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    I applied for SSI, was denied a few times and went to court on July 14th. What do I do if I'm denied again?
    Four years ago I injured myself trying to make my niece laugh (just being stupid I was "clomping" up the stairs and ended up tripping going up and broke... pretty much everything in my right foot/ankle - from the toes to my talus, everything broke). I ended up going to the hospital the day after it happened, only because I was trying to convince myself it wasn't broken. They put me in an air cast until I could see my doctor, and for the last four years I have been in a plaster cast, a fiberglass cast, a clamshell cast and a short ankle cast. I've had seven surgeries (seven!) to repair the damage, as well as a partial ankle replacement.

    For the first two years after the injury (when the pain was sort of a dull throb and cortizone injections and minimal pain relievers were helping) I continued to work. My work load went down though, I was an assistant store manager when I hurt myself, doing mostly hands on (unloading trucks, stocking, etc) after the injury, I was the paper work person, and nothing else. The last two years it got really bad and I not only quit my job but decided to give in and apply for SSI.

    I was denied twice, seen more doctors then I can remember, filled out paperwork, etc. Did everything I had to do. I eventually opted for the court date, that I had on July 14th. The way the judge was talking though I don't think I'll be approved. He was saying I could get a desk job, and when I mentioned that I had tendinitis/arthritis in my hands so I couldn't do much computer work without being in pain, he said that because that's not what I applied for, it didn't matter in his decision.

    So, if he denies me, what can I do? Can I appeal it if I've already gone to court? Would I have to start over at the beginning again or would it continue on from the two years ago when I applied?

    • ANSWER:
      The judge is right - his job is to make a decision based on the evidence before him. I know on the application they ask you to list all conditions. I assume you mean SSDI, since SSI is need-based. I don't know that there is a limit to how many times you can apply. I strongly recommend that you consult a lawyer well versed in disability cases, whether or not you decide to pursue an appeal. In the meantime, one thing you can do is to keep a log of all your symptoms. The SSA has to decide if you are unable to work under their narrow (and not necessarily fair to everyone) guidelines. If this is something you really feel you not only need but 'deserve' per the guidelines, I encourage you to continue. Whether the next step is to appeal the decision or to re-apply in a few months I do not know. I would first ask whomever did your intake application with the SSA. Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Best shoes for cardio kickboxing?
    I have achilles tendonitis (which I got from kickboxing) and have been in a cast-like boot for the suggested six weeks. I'd like to go back to class, but I want to wear shoes this time-- hoping that will help support my still tender ankle. Any recommendations? Brands? Besides the obvious ankle support, what else should I look for? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a great fan of Feiyue kung fu shoes, they have rubber toes, grippy soles, are used by wushu experts all over china but are relativey unknown here, they do a version with ankle support as well. They also look really cool, have a look on ebay.

      Another alternative are Jinga shoes, they have a small shop in London but do web ordering. Again, pretty rare over here but are used by dancers and capoeiristas

      For extra ankle support don't rely on your shoes, try an adhesive bandage or tubigrip, or even better a muay thai ankle support

  24. QUESTION:
    Achillies tendon question?
    A year or two ago I got achillies tendonitis and did the whole inflatable cast/ physical therapy and it's fine, but it is sore in the winter, and sometimes it pops like when pop your ankle, is this normal for healed old injuries or is it still hurt. I have normal range of motion, even when it is sore.

    • ANSWER:
      idk

  25. QUESTION:
    Achilles Tendinitis in both ankles!?
    I have achilles tendinitis in both ankles I need to wear boots or casts or something and i prefer boots. i need to no should i get casts or boots on both feet i hear they are really heavy im not sure if i can get them

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  26. QUESTION:
    In so much pain but scared to go to the doctor (please read)?
    Last month i went to the emergency room when i was about to get discharged the doctor said he was going to prescribe me pain meds and asked what medication have i taken before i said vicodin and ibuprofen 800. After that i guess he suspected i was only coming to get medicine so he pulled up my prescription chart and saw that i have went to (2) doctors and hospital in the past and got vicodin. I got vicodin before from the e.r. because i had kidney stones so he gave me pain meds and antibiotics. and the other time was because of my foot. but but that was not recently it was almost a year ago. As for doctors it was my primary and ortho dr. and my primary was the one who referred me to the ortho. He thought i was just going to the hospital to get pain meds and that i harmed myself to get it. Which was not true. He wouldn't even let me explain the past doctors/hospital visits. I've had chronic foot problems since i was 14 years old but they couldn't figure out what was causing my pain. Back in January i fractured my ankle and had to get a cast and since then my foot has gotten worse. In the beginning of march i found out by my ortho doctor that i had something called pes planus hyperpronation and Tibialis posterior Tendonitis and i would have to get surgery on my foot because of it. But I ran out of insurance March 31st so i was no longer able to go to my ortho doctor. But because of the hospital visit on 8/14 im scared to go to any other doctor. when he discharged me on the paper it said controlled substance diversion and he told me someone will be contacting me and not to come back to his hospital for medicine. Its been a month and no one has contacted me except a bill collector. But now my foot is worse. My ankle and foot is very swollen and my foot is bruised badly the pain comes from my inner foot, to my ankle, and up my leg and sometimes i get this numbing and burning sensation. i don't even wanna bare weight on it. i've been taking ibuprofen 800mg. i rap my foot up, elevate it and put ice on it but the pain doesn't go away. I've called around to get prices to see how much it will cost to be seen by a doctor but the prices are ridiculous and i don't have a job so i can't pay right then and there. I'm scared to go to urgent care or hospital. idk if that doctor red flagged me or if any doctor i go to will see that controlled substance diversion thing that he put on my discharge paper and just assume im a drug seeker because im not. Motrin 800mg usually helps my pain but lately it hasn't. I don't know what to do. All i know is i can no longer deal with this pain it brings me to tears. I could use any type of advice just no negative comments please.

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  27. QUESTION:
    Foot Injury..Need Advice!?
    Ok, so I am a competitive dancer and have been for years now. I injured my right ankle/foot two years ago, but continued to dance due to the fact that I did not want to sit out of Nationals or any other competition. I have been to a few doctors who all believe it to be tendonitis. I was placed in a walking air cast for a month, which did no good. When I plie' or bend my knee over my toes, I get a sharp pinch in between my ankle and front of the foot. I really want to get a cortisone injection of some sort, but my parents and doctor do not like the idea of giving it to me at a young age. What should be my next step?

    I know it's hard to explain my scenario, and I probably just confused the mess out of everyone, but if you have any suggestions..please comment below! Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Continued lower joint pain after major weight loss.?
    I'm a 25-year-old female at 5ft 7 inches tall and currently 209lbs.

    I've had lower back and extremity joint and muscle pain for as long as I can remember, and even before I can remember starting as a newborn. As an infant I had severe hip dysplasia and wore a corrective cast/brace for my first 14 months. All through my growing years I've had muscle aches and joint pains that would keep me up or wake me up at night. I was told these were just "growing pains."

    Partly due to the discomfort of activity (and poor eating habits), last year I reached a weight of 319lbs and was obviously in the worst shape of my life. Since then I have lost over 100lbs with diet and exercise. I had been told by doctors that losing the weight and being physically active would surely help with my lower joint and back pain, but it hasn't. In fact, because I am much more active, I seem to hurt all the time now. I'm still about 60lbs overweight, but I had expected, at the the very least, marked improvement.

    During the past year, as I've become more and more active, participating in water aerobics, biking, running, and circuit training there have been two very specific symptoms to go along with the general lower back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain bilaterally:

    The first is sharp pain in the dorsom of my left foot with unknown causation. It is a kind of locking up or seizing sensation that occurs unexpectedly, usually after resting from exercise or waking up in the morning. Some days it won't happen at all, other days it can happen upwards of 15-20 times. I saw a podiatrist who diagnosed extensor tendonitis and "general instability" and prescribed a brace, anti-inflamatories, Voltaren gel, and told me to R.I.C.E. and limit my high impact exercise. When that didn't work approximately 8 weeks later, I recieved a cortisone injection to my sinus tarsi. While that helped briefly, it never eliminated the problem and less than 6 weeks later I'm back to the same level of discomfort that I started with.

    The second symptom I would describe as a clicking and tugging in my left hip. This is relatively new symptom, beginning about 3 weeks ago but again, with no specific event to pinpoint the cause. With about 60% of my steps there is a quick, nonpainful tugging sensation that runs from the front of my left anterior hip to my lumbar curve. I can hear a "clicking" noise, but I'm not sure if that's external or internal.

    Now that I am experiencing two rather specific "injuries" to my left side, I'm am beginning to suspect that there is a larger culprit at play here than just the injuries themselves. Perhaps this is more of a big picture issue than it first seemed. I hate visiting with doctors about my issues anymore. I've been told too many times that whatever my ailment- it's either my weight or all in my head. Maybe they are right- but I still need help finding a solution.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you might be getting a little mixed up with what you want exactly. You say that you want to lose "weight" but that means you might want to get rid of some muscle too. You then say that you'd like to "shape" (I'd call it tone) your body a little which implies you want to build some muscle. I'm not trying to pick at your question - I just want to clarify the point for you.

      To answer it in the best way, I am going to look at it as if you want to get rid of fat AND build muscle at the same time. If you're looking to "trim" and "tone" your body, and espectially because you suggest you are not that overweight, I would suggest you start performing more intensive aerobic exercises such as jogging. I wouldn't think you need to change the whole way you eat or go on a diet because if you're wanting to build muscles - it's better to do it all with exercise.

      Exercises like jogging won't exactly "build" your muscles on your stomach but they will help reduce the extra fat around there. Depending on how fit you are, you should go on daily or bi-daily jogs of around a mile. To build muscles, you should concentrate on anaerobic exercises such as sit-ups to help build muscles.

      These muscle-building exercises will give your muscles the toning and training they need to grow and become more prominent. To start to see a real difference with sit-ups, you should be looking to do no more than 100 every day (more than that will often hurt your muscles).

      If you stick to doing those two forms of exercise - jogging and sit-ups, you should see real improvements in a week or two. Remember, you should do them as often as you can (I.E every single day).

      Good Luck and Take care :-)

  29. QUESTION:
    Peroneal tendinitis question, please help me?
    i've had ankle pain for almost 4 years now on and off. the first year i had it i went to an orthopedic and i was told i have peroneal tendinitis because i have high arches. they told me i should do 6 weeks of physical therapy to strengthen the tendon, so i did. when i finished the pain seemed to go away for a few months then it would come back randomly. i had this pain on and off a year after i finished physical therapy. this last year i had it again but much worse where i could walk on it and had to go to the hospital. they took x rays and told me i didn't break anything so they gave my an air cast and crutches for a few weeks until i had my appt. with the orthopedic. when i went to him he told me to do physical therapy again so i did and it got better for about 3 months and now im having horrible ankle pain with bruising and swelling. what should i do now? if i go back to the dr hes just going to send me to physical therapy AGAIN! please help me. thank you =]

    • ANSWER:
      With chronic repetition of the tendonosis, I think it has to be considered that you make be experiencing/have experienced a tear in the retinaculum that holds the tendon in place. It may be time to discuss having an MRI with your surgeon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Achilles Tendinitis - 24/7 pain for 9 months straight! what can I do?
    Ok so I was diagnosed with achilles tendinitis in december, and the doctors thought it was weird I have it since I am not an athlete and I am only 19 (they said most people don't get it like me until their like 40's) It causes me constant pain, I have stabbing pain, burning sensations, and just aching in the inner and outer sides of my ankle all the time, no exceptions. I can barely walk cause of it, it hurts to drive, and I can't sleep because it hurts. I have tried EVERYTHING to get it to go away. I have worn a cast for 2 months, I did physio, I got ART treatments, I wear orthotics, I ice it daily, I did ultrasound treatments, and I just finished a series of super expensive laser treatments that did nothing and I get no relief from painkillers, they don't work on me. It is just really starting to mess with my head and I break down crying like every day because it hurts all the time! I am supposed to be going to college in sept but I actually think I might not be able to go because I can't drive there nor can I walk to my classes! I am going to see a surgeon in sept, has anyone had surgery on this and did it help? what other things can I do to get some relief? Please, if you have fixed your tendinitis tell me how you did it.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm in the same boat as you. I've had very similar problems with both of my achilles tendons for over a year and a half. I can't walk very well at all and never even do things like go to the grocery store because it will make them hurt. I've tried most of your treatments except lasers, ART, and casting.
      I too know that mental anguish that you experience from being held back from life and not a day goes by when I don't spend a good portion of that day dreaming about having my old abilities back and If I could have my choice of 10 million dollars or have my achilles back in perfect shape, I wouldn't have to think to long before I would pick the achilles.
      Unfortunately I don't have an answer for you because I'm looking for that answer myself. I think that we should keep in touch to let each other know if we ever find a solution to this problem. I'm scheduled to see a podiatrist on Sept. 2 and I'll let you know what I hear from him. I've already seen a podiatrist 2 times already and this time I'm looking for different answers. I would also be very interested in hearing what your surgeon says and if he thinks that surgery would help.
      I can recommend a couple supplements though, you should try vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Vitamin C is the vitamin that plays the most crucial role in tendon regeneration and collagen production. Your body makes collagen and it is what it uses to repair tendons and replace tissue. Also, you could try fish oil capsules because they are supposed to reduce inflammation in the body. Another one you could try is Arnica. it is a topical gel that is supposed to help reduce inflammation as well.
      My email is werqwed@yahoo.com, let me know if you'd like to keep in touch and I'm wishing you the best of luck!
      Also, my achilles are very inflexible from not being able to stretch them due to them being weak for so long. When I try to stretch them, I can't stretch very hard or far or it will do more damage. I use 12mm heel lifts to raise my heel up far enough to take enough strain off of the tight and fragile achilles' so that I can walk around. I can get around when I need to but too much and they'll start to hurt. I walk with my feet pointed out 45 degrees to the side and with a bit of a waddling motion so that I don't have to stretch the tendons when I take a step.
      How is your achilles as far as being flexible? Can you stretch it far or hard without hurting it? Hope to hear from you.

  31. QUESTION:
    How can i help my daughter?
    My 12 year old daughter has a soft cast on and has to wear an orthodontic shoe due to some damage in her foot. We have a very formal party today-and she has to wear this for a week. She's not on crutches and the party is in a few hours and she's wearing Pilazzo pants and a silver/white striped shirt and flats. She must wear the orthodontic shoe and she's embarresed.The office is closed today so i can't ask, but someone might know: Would i be able to let her put a sock over her cast ( the cast is open on her toes, it's past the toes and a bit past her ankle) and let her wear flats? She has tendinitis and she doesn't want to really show up wearing one flat and an orthodontic shoe.

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  32. QUESTION:
    My body just isn't functioning, has anybody else had similar problems?
    Hello, my name is McKenna and I am a 15 year old female. On January 9th I spiral fractured both my Tibia and Fibula. It was a really, really bad break- but since all the pieces of my leg were lined up correctly we decided on casting it before trying surgery. The cast didn't end up doing anything for me, so I went into surgery on January 25th and had a metal plate and 9 screws put in my leg to hold the Tibia together (the Fibula we left alone to heal itself, my ortho wasn't worried about it at all). It's been quite awhile since surgery, I have started physical therapy and my therapist says I'm doing wonderful on ankle movement and that I couldn't be anymore ahead of schedule. I went to see my doctor yesterday afternoon and be said that my body isn't laying down enough new bone tissue fast enough so, it will be four more weeks and then we can re x-ray and I will hopefully be walking by then. This is a disappointment, because the last time I was at the doctor (my doc. was out and I had to see a P.A) the P.A. told me I would be walking by now.
    Also, last summer my knees started hurting very very badly. I started seeing a doctor at my usual practice. He monkeyed around with my knees only to tell me that I needed to take an anti inflammatory and see him in two weeks. About the 5th visit in, I was growing impatient, my knees were hurting more then ever and I wanted to return to playing tennis and dancing for theatre. He said he would order me an MRI and never did. When I was at the doctor yesterday, he took one look my knees and moved them and asked me about certain pain levels when he did certain things and it took him 5 minutes to diagnose me with Patella Knee Tendinitis and prescribe me a special brace I have to get fit to me leg next week.

    I just feel like my body is failing me. I haven't been able to do anything normal or play sports. Everything is just horrible. I just want to know, has anybody else had similar issues? How did you cope? What should I expect in my future treatment of my tendinitis?

    Thankyou
    -McKenna-

    (sorry it's so long btw)

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  33. QUESTION:
    Foot problems help please?
    Ok let me start off by saying that im 14 and these pains first started when i was 9. I started as a dancer and i am now a cheerleader. I have seen several doctors and the pain has continued.

    at the age of 9 while i was a dancer i was diagnosed with severs disease. I was told it would go away with time and it did until i was about 12.

    In 7th grade i became a cheerleader. But then i had to stop. I was then diagnosed with achilles tendinitis. I was in a walking boot but on crutches for 1 month, in a hard cast on crutches for 2 months and then I was in a walking boot again walking but sometimes on crutches for 4 months. I was also diagnosed with plantar faciitis and used night splints. they put me in a cast because they said there was a very small tear in my tendon and they wanted to immobilize it. But i wasn't put in a cast due to the plantar faciitis. But it's not my achilles that bothers me as much anymore, it hurts but the worst pain is the bottom of my foot in my heel

    I am now a 9th grader and i cheer. After i am done my feet are killing me, I have to walk on the side of my feet and it looks like i have clubbed feet when i walk. Running irritates my ankle/heels even more. I am always in pain and nothing helps. I have tried all medicines, foot inserts, doctors, splints, castings, icing, boots, and therapy. I don't know what to do i can not bare the pain.

    Has anyone had these problems? Please lets me know

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      First of all I am terribly sorry that you suffer so much and for so long from this pain, there is nothing worse than pain which prevents you from doing what you love.

      rom your description It is difficult to determine the exact condition you are suffering from.
      Especially since you have seen many doctors and they diagnosed you with all the things that make "sense".

      Sever's Disease is pain due to growth, there is a growth plate in the back of the heels that needs to fully develop before it "closes" and in active kids its very common to have pain there.

      - When you were diagnosed with Sever's was the pain located in the back of your heel?
      - Did you have pain in both heels or just one?

      It could be Plantar Fasciitis as well, but I doubt it because this condition is typical for middle aged people and the symptoms are mostly heel and arch pain in the first steps in the morning.

      - Do you have high or low arches?
      - Do you have pain in your arches as well?
      - Do you have more pain in the morning?

      Achilles tendinitis can also be the cause of the pain, and it's typical again, for active people perform on a daily basis, the pain is in the back of the heel towards the calf and it's constant.

      - Again, do you have any kind of pain in the back of your heel?
      - Is there any redness or swelling visible?

      Now for some general questions:

      1) Does the pain go away after rest?
      2) Does it also hurt when you are not standing/walking/dancing?
      3) Is it sensitive to the touch? Does it hurt to press or massage Your heel?
      4) What kind of shoes you usually wear?

      Let's try some conservative treatment since you really tried all the "official Help" out there.

      * Ice your heel and arches at least 4 times a day - You can roll a frozen bottle on the floor with your foot.

      * Stretch your legs and feet before activity or before getting out of bed in the morning - This is very important

      * Avoid wearing "cheap" shoes like flip flops - they provide no support for your arches

      * Try and wear a night splint, it will stretch your fascia and your achilles during the night which should help

      * Massage your heel in the morning or in the evening, even if it's painful - this will help to break any scar tissue and assist in blood circulation which will speed up healing.

      Again, if you can answer my questions above I will be able to help you further.

      You can write to me directly if you prefer, my email is itaiw@yahoo.com

      Good luck and feel better!

  34. QUESTION:
    Tendonitis surgery???????
    So for the past four years i've dealt with severe ankle problems, mostly around my outer ankle and my inside arch on my right foot/ankle. Four years ago i sprained it and the doctors just told me to rest and i'd be good to play softball in a couple of weeks.They scheduled no xrays or mri's... so i did as i was told and stayed off of it. As soon as i started playing i started having pains and as the years went on it got worse and worse. i went back to the doctors 2 years later and the sent me to physical therapy for a year or so after the that they decided to get some xrays and mri's. Turns out that there is a big bruise on my ankle bone, they also told me that i had chronic tendinitis. So they put me in a cast for a month. I've had my cast off for 6 weeks now and i'm back in physical therapy but it still hurts to walk on it. Is there any kind of surgery i could get to take care of this...or any other solution that will solve this problem?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can have tendinits surgery once the7 locate the problem that is causing it, it takes more than a bruise to cause this, maybe a bone spur or a small fracture has occurred sometime before

  35. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my ankle?
    Okay, so about five years ago my ankle started hurting. It came out of no where, so I iced in on and off for a few days. Nothing helped so a few days later I went to the doctors. They diagonosed me with tendonitis ans gave me a brace to wear during physical activity. That worked for a while but then the pain came back, so they sent me in for physical therapy. After several weeks of doing that they said everything would be fine. Not so much. I visited several doctors but they all gave me the same answer: nothing's wrong. I got an xray and nothing appeared to be wrong with it. I just rode it out to see of it would go away. A year later it still hurt so I went in for an MRI. Nothing looked wrong there either. The doctors decided to put me in a cast and crutches for six weeks and hoped being off of it would take care of it. For a while it went away but after getting off crutches, it started hurting again. In result of that, we gave up on doctors and just took a break. 3 years after that, I went to an orthopede. They sent me in for a second MRI, with the results being the same as before. Then they said the pain was because I walk on the inside of my feet and gave me orthodics to wear to fix it. That did not help at all so we gave up. Lately it's been hurting worse then ever. I'm nearly in tears after every practice or game I have. I ice when its really bad but it doesnt help much. What could be wrong? What could I do to help the pain? I'm getting really frustrated with it and I just dont know what to do anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      You may need to stop doing the activities that cause the worst pain for a while. Rest is the most basic treatment option for pain like this. Ice, compression, and elevation are of course the other three usual components of treatment. Try doing different activities for exercise for a while - swimming, biking, anything that doesn't put as much stress on your ankles and see what happens. Possibly consult with a physical therapist for suggestions and ideas. Read more here.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/ankle_pain_and_tendinitis/article.htm
      http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/tarsal-tunnel-syndrome.htm
      http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/anklesprain.htm
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/bone-spur/bone-spur-ankle.htm

      It may be worthwhile to try some gentle ankle exercises to see if they help. Check here for some ideas.

      http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/orthopedicsandpt/ss/anklerehab_2.htm
      http://www.sports-injury-info.com/ankle-rehab-exercises-motion.html
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/105078-range-motion-exercises-ankles/
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2070391_do-range-motion-exercises.html
      http://www.drugs.com/cg/passive-range-of-motion-exercises.html

  36. QUESTION:
    Peroneal tendinitis question, please help me?
    i've had ankle pain for almost 4 years now on and off. the first year i had it i went to an orthopedic and i was told i have peroneal tendinitis because i have high arches. they told me i should do 6 weeks of physical therapy to strengthen the tendon, so i did. when i finished the pain seemed to go away for a few months then it would come back randomly. i had this pain on and off a year after i finished physical therapy. this last year i had it again but much worse where i could walk on it and had to go to the hospital. they took x rays and told me i didn't break anything so they gave my an air cast and crutches for a few weeks until i had my appt. with the orthopedic. when i went to him he told me to do physical therapy again so i did and it got better for about 3 months and now im having horrible ankle pain with bruising and swelling. what should i do now? if i go back to the dr hes just going to send me to physical therapy AGAIN! please help me. thank you =]

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Ankle Tendon Injury Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    should i carry on taking ciprofloxacin 500mg as i have a tendon injury?
    this is as a supplemental treatment for a serious ear infection - i am waiting to have surgery on a decayed ankle tendon. i also need to take daily iron and vitamin tablets which i read are not good with them

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  2. QUESTION:
    ankle injury, can someone plz help tell me what is the best choice of treatment?
    well i injured my ankle about 4 months ago. however i still have pain in certain tendons/ligaments and they hurt when i perform certain activities/movements. for instance, if i try to squat while bending my ankles, then i feel a sharp pain radiating. it feels like in a line in the curve my foot creates between my shin. i have not been doing ankle strengthening exercises, could that be why it hurts so much? But still it hurts a lot. I'm going to see a doctor, I just wanted to get your guys opinion. And plz don't give me advice like "rest it" if thats your only advice. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to physiotherapy, it's usually because your ankle isn't strong enough or that it didn't heal right, but they can help you with that at physio.

  3. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain(?) treatment?
    Seven weeks ago I suffered a nasty ankle sprain playing basketball. My foot was inverted (outside-in) when I went up for a layup, but instead of pushing off the floor I stepped on the defender's foot. I'm fairly certain I heard popping, but that could have just been my shoe. I went to a walk-in physical therapy clinic the next day and the nurse there told me to R.I.C.E. and gave me a walking boot in case anything was broken. After getting my foot x-rayed, it was discovered that I had no broken bones. The doctor told me I may have partial tearing, however. After resting, icing, compressing, and elevating for about three weeks there was significantly less swelling and the bruising had completely gone away. However, there is still some swelling (or possibly fluid build-up) right around the actual "ankle bone" on the inside and outside. Also, the inside part of my ankle and my achilles tendon are extremely tight. The tightness on the inside of my ankle is what concerns me the most, considering the type of sprain I had (inversion) would usually warrant the worst of the injury being on the outside of the ankle. I've tried to play basketball with no luck because my tendons seem to be tightened up so bad that I can't jump or run very hard. I've been doing some stretching exercises, and it seems to be helping slightly. I guess I have several questions for anyone who has good advice to give:
    1) Should I still be icing my ankle daily?
    2) Should I try some light running or other exercise requiring use of my foot?
    3) Do I need to spend the money on a doctor visit or an MRI?
    4) When I elevate my foot, the fluid seems to drain away from the ankle somewhat. However, when I start to walk around or sit with my foot down it usually swells to the same size again. What can I do about this?
    5) Finally, the league I play basketball in starts on Jan 31. Is it likely that I will be able to play by then?

    • ANSWER:
      Ashton,
      1. No, stop the ice. Recent studies have shown that the use of ice stops or slows down the rate of healing. Use warmth but not hot. Warm moist compresses work the best.
      2. You are describing difficulty in playing ball due to the fact that the tendons are tight. Since that is the case running or jogging is going to stress them when they are not in their normal length. This would be opening you up for another injury. Better to wait until you get full mobility and strength in the leg.
      3. If you are going to see a doctor about this see a podiatrist. They are the foot and ankle experts. If you are not having any other problems except for the tightness I would say no. If on the other hand you are still experiencing pain and other problems then you should go.
      4. The leg is a cylinder and all of the laws of physics apply to it. Since you are walking on a cylinder with limited muscular work the normal pumping mechanism is not working as well as it should. The fluid is always going to drop down to the lowest point unless you have a strong pump to push it back up. If you were to take a measurement of the opposite ankle when you first got up and then again when you went to bed you would find that it also was larger. You have to use your calf muscles more to pump the fluid out. I will give you a simple exercise to do that after these answers.
      5. This is a little over 3 weeks off. It might be possible but in all honesty I would say no. The reason for the no is that unless your leg and ankle have full mobility and strength you are asking for another injury. As soon as the leg is strong enough you can return.
      6. Do this movement to gain mobility and help to pump some of the fluid out of the leg. Assume a long sitting position on the floor. Have the muscles of the feet pull them backwards towards the shins. The only movement that should be taking place is at the ankles. You will know that it is being done correctly as you will feel a pulling sensation in the calves. Hold that pull for 10 seconds and then relax for 5 seconds. Repeat this until you have done 10. You can do this as many times a day as you want. Once you learn the basic movement you can also do this standing and sitting. The best position is lying down.
      7. There is an exercise called the 180. That number stands for the total number of reps that you have to do for this exercise. In the beginning you are not going to be able to do this number so just do what you can. Stand on a step with the balls of the feet on the edge. Raise both heels up as high as they go. Now take the injured foot off the step and hold it up not touching anything. Now slowly lower the heel of the foot you are standing on. At the bottom of that movement replace the injured foot on the edge of the step. Now using both feet raise the heels up to the highest that they can go. Again take the injured foot off the step and lower the other foot down as low as it can go. Do this until you have done 15 reps. Now reverse positions of the feet and you are going to work the injured foot. Attempt to do as many as you can always attempting to get the heel as low as it can go. Do this exactly as you did the other foot until you have either tired or done 15. Now switch back to the original position and do 15 on that foot. If you are able do some more on the injured foot. In this way you only do what the leg is capable of doing. Don't force the leg to do more than it is capable.
      8. You will be able to return to playing when you can run this drill. This is called a figure 8 drill. Make a large 8 somewhere like a basketball court. Walk the 8 as fast as you can. If you have no pain or restrictions then make the 8 a little bit smaller. Do the walk as fast as you can in that 8. No problems make the 8 smaller. Keep doing that until you have the smallest 8 you can. If you have no problems then go back to the largest 8 and jog it. No problems do the next smallest one and so forth until you are able to do the smallest one or you have a problem. Return to the large 8 and run it at 3/4 speed through all of the 8's. If you have no problems run it at full speed through all of the 8's. If you can run through the smallest 8 without any problems then you are ready to play.

  4. QUESTION:
    My daughter had a serious ankle injury 5 weeks ago. When can she resume sports?
    She hyper extended her ankle and the tendons/ligaments on the top of her foot were injured (it was xrayed, no breaks). It has improved, but she still has some pain when trying to run. Should she stay off of it until she is pain-free? or can she gradually resume activity with an ankle brace, but try not to over do it? She is being pressured by her soccer coach and PE teacher to resume participation, but I don't want to cause further damage so that it would take even longer to heal! She is also getting rehab treatment from the high school trainer...but she doesn't seem to be able to tell her whether she can play or not.

    • ANSWER:
      The major trama from soft tissue injuries usually heals in 3-7 days. The minor injuries; small tears, ossification, bruising, etc can take up to 18 months sometimes more to heal properly. If she's still having pain after 5 weeks she should see a doctor and a physiotherapist.

      An Athletic Trainer is suppose to be a diagnositically trained professional. If there is one who can't identify the nature of an injury or treat it then they are suppose to refer the patient to a sports medicine doctor or another type of doctor if there is not a SMD in your area.

      Is the athletic trainer at her high school professionally trained and accredited? If so and she's not sent your daughter off to a more highly trained professional by now I'd say she's not doing her job.

      Also if the swelling was severe it is possible that they were unable to find a small fracture in an x-ray.

  5. QUESTION:
    Faking an ankle injury?
    I'm very athletic and on a competitive dance team, we practice about 3 hours a day and condition and compete on weekends. About 5 weeks ago I was diagnosed with two stress fractures in my metatarsals. I was on crutches for 3 weeks and am now starting my 3rd and last week in the walking boot alone. So that's 6 weeks of treatment for 2 cracked bones. My friend who's in no sports what so ever tore a tendon in her foot in June from falling down some stairs. She wore a walking boot the whole month of July and August. A few weeks go by before I get injured, then right away she starts complaining her foot is bothering her again. A week after I've been on crutches she comes to school with crutches too complaining she also has a stress fracture. I asked her if she had an x-ray and she said no. She went to the same orthopedist and they told her it was a sprain. I told her she should really ask for an x-ray if she suspected a cracked bone. So she went back in a few days later to the same doctor for an x-ray and it wasn't a stress fracture, just a severe sprain. So she's starting her 5th week on crutches now and still complains about her ankle hurting so much. But I think she feels like a pansy because she keeps telling everyone it's a stress fracture even though it's not! I'm a little concerned about her though...do you think she's faking it? Or do you think there could be something else wrong with her foot?! I'm feeling bad for her...
    groundingpoint, I understand your point...but if she had a fracture it would have showed up on her x-ray and MRI. And I'm pretty sure 2 visits to the orthopedist would have exposed any bone problems...I'm just a little baffled...maybe it's a torn muscle? :(

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  6. QUESTION:
    Really weird injury, and treatment?
    Allright I have somehow managed to half way tear the tendon away from my bone on my ankle by walking. (this has been two weeks ago total)

    I went to the doctor a little over a week ago and he gave me a brace, and then I have to go to therapy (foot ultrasound??)

    yeah so I don't know why I'm not on crutches, because my cousin who is a doctor (orthopedic surgeon) says that I should be after his aunt (my mom) told him what happened.

    why am I not, and what is a foot ultrasound, is it just like an ultrasound that they do when you are pregnant?

    I'm 15 by the way so bear with me.
    okay my mom and dad don't know either, my step dad is a plastic surgeon, not a pt or an orthopedic surgeon, and my mom just doesn't know.

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you're wearing a brace there isn't much more you can do until the details of the ultrasound come back. The brace keeps the tendon from pulling further away from the bone, and I'm sure the doctor told you that walking would be annoying for a while.

      The ultrasound is similar to the pregnancy one. They are looking at the ligaments, tendons, and bones is your foot. It isn't going to hurt, and it's nothing to be worried about.

  7. QUESTION:
    Treatment for partially torn ligament/tendon?
    I have a partially torn ligament and tendon in my ankle. My doctor has me on celebrex, non weight bearing this week and starting PT next week. He wants to try 6 weeks of PT, anti-inflamitories, ice and rest, before thinking about surgical options. (since the tendon and ligament are only partially torn/ruptured) Is this a common thing to do? Try PT first? And how is celebrex? Does it really help with inflamation and pain? Iburprophen 800 and 600 and Naproxen, all of which made me very sick. He said celebrex is much more gentle. Wondering what happened with other people who had this happen.

    My initial injury was on May 11th where an xray showed a small crack in my fibula. I was given a walking boot. Follow up xrays have show the fracture is healing, but pain is still just as bad. Finally went for an MRI which showed the remains of the crack (much smaller than it was initially) Partial tear of peroneal tendon and Partial tear on Anterior talofibular ligament.
    My doctor didn't seem too concerned, is this a common injury? I am assuming it isn't TOO serious. He said that if the were fully ruptured/torn it would be much more serious. Any info would be great, just want to hear from people who have had similar injuries.

    • ANSWER:
      Amanda, this injury is very common. A sprain, tear of a ligament, or strain, tear of a tendon, are graded upon the degree of the tear. A grade I is less than 25% and will respond to very conservative treatment, RICE. A grade II is a tear of greater than 25% but less than 50%. This is going to require some immobilization and physical therapy. A grade III is a tear greater than 50% and it is going to require surgical intervention to stabilize. From what you have stated it appears to be a grade II and it should heal by following the doctors orders. The use of the medication is to reduce pain and inflammation.

  8. QUESTION:
    Considering chiropractic treatment for a Lisfranc's Fracture that occurred almost a year ago.?
    On July 27, 2008 I missed a step while walking into our basement. I thought I could just "walk it off," but after a few weeks, I realized that I needed to get some treatment. Treatment was delayed until December because we adopted a baby boy and I didn't have time to think about my foot. In mid-Dec. I got a boot. I wore the boot for three months. In the middle of that time, I had an MRI that suggested the Lisfranc's Fracture was still present and there was damage to the tendon that is below my ankle. The doctor said no surgery was needed. I wore the boot for six more weeks. Then the doctor put me in a fiberglass cast for six weeks. The cast came off and I did 4 weeks of physical therapy. There has been no change in pain level (it still hurts when I walk on it and even as I'm sleeping) and my ankle is continually swollen. The doctor now says surgery is the only other option. I'd like to consider chiropractic treatment for this injury instead of going the route of surgery. Has anyone had success with chiropractic treatment for Lisfranc's Fracture?

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing you can do is see a competent osteopath who is trained in manipulation therapy (I know one in the bay area, and depending on where you live, I might be able to find someone in your area). Surgery is completely uncessary for your condition, however very few allopathic doctors are familiar with adjustment treatments.
      While I advocate seeing an osteopath, I'm really not sure if a chiropractor would be able to fix this type of problem or if they'd make it worse. It's not within their standard treatment system and I've never talked to someone that saw a chiropractor for this.

      Alternatively, while it won't fix the problem completely, if you buy some DMSO and apply it to the area it will get rid of the inflammation, pain and heal some of the tissue damage. If you couple that with not walking on it for a while it may fix itself on it's own.
      If you actually want to go the DMSO route, message me and I'll tell you the big things you need to watch for with that.
      Hope that helps!

  9. QUESTION:
    After 5 years of pain ive just discovered i have a tear in the tendon that runs round the outside of the ankle?
    I have had physio/hydro therapy and nothing has helped. I am now off to see a surgeon. Does anyone know whether the length of time i have had the injury will stop any operation being successful. Also are there any non surgical treatments. I am also quite over weight (100lbs less heavy than I was after having a gastric bypass), will the surgeon still carry out the operation? Other than my weight I am fit and active and exercise by walking most days from 30-60 mins when my ankle pain allows.

    • ANSWER:
      He/She will, they might tell you to lose weight or try to, my friend had this same tendon tear and could not run or anything of the sort for 5 months. It was two to three months in a cast and on crutches or a wheelchair and then the rest of the time in a walking boot and the last month she could walk without the walking boot. She is also over weight, unless your blood sugar is high or other things wrong you should be fine. I hope everything goes well and if you get sick easy tell the doctor so you can get something for it before surgery, I wish I did when I had surgery.

  10. QUESTION:
    Translate my ankle MRI terminology!! please?
    I had a MRI done on my right ankle for pain around the achilles tendon and pain around my ankle (on the top of the ankle and between the ankle and achilles tendon). The results were as follows:
    SMALL CORTICAL LESION WITHIN THE POSTERIOR TIBIAL PLAFOND WITHOUT DEFINITE CHONFRAL LESION. THERE IS MILD LARROW EDEMA WITHOUR MRI EVIDENCE OF UNSTABLE LESION. THE TALAR DOME IS INTACT.
    PERONEUS BREVIS TENDINOPATHY/PARTIAL TEAR AND SUGGESTION OF TENOSYNOVITIS. SUGGESTION OF TENYOSYNOVITIS OF THE TIBIALIS POSTERIOE AND FLEXOR DIGITORUM LONGUS TENDONS. NO EVIDENCE OF ACHILLED TENDONITIS. RETROCALCANEAL AND TENDO-ACHILLES BURSITIS.
    Can anyone translate this for me and give me their opinion on what the treatment for this is? Any opinion is greatly appreciated. I have had no recent injury to the area. I had a severe sprain that was left untreated as a young child. I am now 29 and I am a female (if that makes a difference).

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  11. QUESTION:
    Self treatment of a torn ligament...do I have a torn ligament?
    I injured my ankle very severely 8 weeks ago yesterday. I had just finished 2 hours on the treadmill and without getting into a long explanation, I fell about 2 feet and bent my ankle so far that I was looking at the bottom of my foot. I estimate it rotated 110+ degrees to the inside. The pain was immense and I was positive I had just broken it, but after about a minute I remembered that broken bones rarely hurt this bad as the break allows the energy from the impact to be released rather than stored withing your body.

    Anyway, I could not walk at all for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks I started trying to walk without assistance to the bathroom. Week three I made my first attempt to use the stairs. I had to go down like a 3 year old, both hands on the railing and side stepping very slowly. It was extremely painful going down and up. I was going crazy not being able to work, walk, run or anything else. I made a goal of being back on the treadmill within 2 weeks originally, then 3, then 5 as it wasn't getting better much.

    The swelling went down significantly after about 10 days and my ankle looked fairly normal after 2 to 3 weeks. But the pain persists. Oddly enough, after 5 weeks I was up and walking around on flat flooring with very little pain, but I still had to use the stairs like a little child.

    I also noticed that while it was almost painless to walk on flat ground, it was extremely painful to do everything except walking. Lying down hurts like hell, doing nothing hurts, but walking helps. After 5 weeks I decided to walk on the treadmill but not run, just to see if I could do it. I walked for an hour without incident and the pain I felt was mild and tolerable to me. I have walked quite a few times over the last 3 weeks, but not like I used to.

    My ankle does not appear to be getting better. I am still in significant pain every day and the only relief I get is from standing or walking on it. Doing nothing is painful and the most painful thing is stretching it. I started doing range of motion exercises after 3 weeks to see if that would help, but it doesn't seem to be and they are very painful to do.

    I have a few other injuries from an off-roading accident 355 days ago that have not healed either and it seems to me that all these lingering injuries must be muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries. So I need to know how to treat them. I have no insurance, so a visit to the doctor or surgery is out of the question.

    8 weeks is a long time for something to heal. I have found a few articles talking about torn ligaments and they all say they should heal in a week or two, even fairly severe injuries. Trying to rotate my ankle in the direction of the original twist is the most painful thing to do. Pointing my toes in either direction is still uncomfortable but much less painful then a month ago. I have had it massaged several times (not hard or deep as even a light massage hurts).

    Will this ever heal on its own? Should I keep stretching it and trying to improve the range of motion? Should I keep my weight off of it completely until the pain is gone, or keep walking on it? Will a tear every heal or is this going to haunt me forever?

    • ANSWER:
      First, be sure it is a torn ligament. A doctor will need to examine it to be sure it is not a cracked or broken bone, or a bad sprain - all three of these things feel equally painful (actually I had a bad sprain once that hurt worse than the time I broke a bone in my ankle).
      If it is torn, you will probably have a strap-on cast to wear that will hold the ligament in place while it heals - this will take anywhere from six weeks to six months. Ligaments are hard to heal because there is not a good blood supply to a ligament. You should prepare to have some arthritis in the area after middle age if it is torn, because it will always be weak and the scar tissue never gets quite as flexible as the area once was, so it gets damaged more easily. You should stay off that foot as much as possible while it is healing, and do whatever physical therapy exercises the doctor gives you (usually stretching exercises). Ice packs (hold them on the area for 15 minutes, then remove to prevent frostbite and leave off for 15 minutes) and elevation (put the foot on a pillow or footstool) are also good. Ibuprofen (2-3 over-the-counter tablets every eight hours with food) will help with pain and swelling.
      I have just torn my ligament and I am on crutches. It is so painful and the nurse told me to keep it elevated. The second paragraph is rubbish. Do not believe it!

  12. QUESTION:
    I sprained my ankle years ago, but the doctor did not treat me properly. I still have pain, can I still sue?
    As I was stepping off a public bus, my ankle rolled off the edge of uneven concrete. My body weight coming down on that ankle made the sprain even worse. I heard pop pop and then severe pain and I knew I did something very bad. I was taken to the emergency room and when I finally got to be seen by a doctor she was very short with me, rude, impatient and not very informative at all. I had a temporary splint that was put on from the ambulance driver which she basically YANKED off. She never examined my ankle. She just told me the x-ray showed I didn't break my ankle and I can just go home. I tried to get any kind of a explanation from her but she just kept acting like she just wanted to get rid of me. I asked for crutches but she treated me like I was crying over a small scrape. She made me get off the examination table, with no assistance from anyone, and try to stand on it, which I couldn't because of the pain and I couldn't straighted my foot out. So she finally begrudgingly let me have the crutches, I went home and waited for my ankle to heal. 2 weeks later my sister convinced me to go to a small family practice nearby. Upon removing the bandage the doctor and his nurse were both shocked at how swollen, bruised and slightly crooked my ankle still was. The doctor was actually shocked that I got that kind of treatment from someone at the other hospital. He suggested a free hospital since I lost both my part time and full time jobs because of the injury and didn't have any insurance. When I got there I was examined by doctors who were very caring and empathetic to me. They said I should have never been trying to walk on it, and told me about R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) I was never told that from the other ER doctor. I was told I suffered a 3rd degree sprain with possible ligament, tendon damage and a small broken bone. It took months of recovery with compression bandages, casts, constant pain and my ankle is not as flexible as it used to be. These days it's difficult for me to stand on my ankle for longer than 2 hours. I wind up limping around all day afterwords with a constant dull achy pain radiating from inside the ankle outward. Is it still possible years later to sue that hospital because I feel like I was being denied proper medical treatment which may have also cause further damage to my ankle since it was swollen for 2 additional weeks?
    Thanks for the advice all. To answer a couple of you, the 1st ER doc just told me it was a mild sprain and never explained how to take care of it. I really couldn't do anything on my ankle anyway so I stayed off of it. She never even looked at it and if she did she would have seen it was the size of a large apple and already turning colors.

    • ANSWER:
      no, unless you can gather copies of all the reports and records from the time its going to be difficult to prove anything.

      The er doctor can and simply will say that at the time she saw you there was no evidence of further or extreme injury. And that you must have either injured it further after the fact or failed to follow the recommendation to follow up with your own doctor if there was no progress within a set amount of time. Thats standard for most ER release directions.

      If you had wanted to sue you should have pursued it at the time and when the latter doctors said there had been an issue in your treatment.

  13. QUESTION:
    Teenage sports injuries...football, ankle.?
    my 15 year old plays is in HS football. He has been having pains around his shins and akelies tendons. what is the best treatment. He has to stop playing for a few days. please help me.. also is there an exsercise to prevent this in the future?? He is taking it easy right now but in alot of pain. Thank you....

    • ANSWER:
      The best person to ask is his coach. His coach should know exactly how to help train his leg to prevent further injuries....plus you should stress your concern that it is the COACH that should be helping! Actually, your coach SHOULD already be telling your son on what to do and what not to do. Coaches should be trained to do this stuff and if the coach is not, it is your job as a parent to express you concern to the coach or the school officials. A doctor would be the next best help.

      So far, it doesn't sound too bad to me. Sounds like it's a typical injury due to inexperience--meaning with more time in training on the field, his strength will build naturally. The main exercise to help this would probably be calf raises.

  14. QUESTION:
    Tore achilles tendon?
    I was at wrestling practice today and i kind of rolled my ankle to the outside and i hear a loud pop or crack. immedietely i was in extreme pain and couldnt put any weight on that foot. the trainer came and looked at it and gave me crutches and i went to see a friend thats a doctor and she said that i may have partially or fully tore my achilles tendon or sprained something very bad. Has anybody had any experience with this type of injury? like how long will it take until its healed because im a very active person and will it require surgery? another thing is there any kind of treatment i can do until i go to see the doctor?

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  15. QUESTION:
    What do you think of this injury?
    I have a 10 y/o QH mare that is not ridden. She is turned out 24/7. Upon coming in for supper the other night she was limping. I moved her to a smaller pen to be away from the other horses, expecting improvement. I moved her to stall last night as her limping had worsened. Upon inspection I have noticed slight swelling along with slight heat along the ligaments of the canon bone, mostly at the posterior side and near the ankle. I am going to bute her 1 X daily at 2g, apply ice treatments, and wrap both front legs. Does this sound like an injury to the superficial digital flexor tendon? I am thinking my hmore aggressive horse might have been after her and she slipped in the mud. We have had inches upong i nches of rain in the last 2 weeks.

    Last year I rehabilitated a 27 y/o TB that injured her suspensory ligament.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a vet to diagnose the injury. Whether or not to medicate with bute is a call to be made by the vet based on the degree of inflammation and the need for pain management versus the risk that masking pain will increase likelihood of overusing the limb and furthering the injury. There is no way to know the extent of this injury from your description. Even the vet sometimes uses diagnostic technology in order to confirm a diagnosis. Treatments such as bandaging, stall rest and icing of injuries are not always indicated. I would call the vet asap.

  16. QUESTION:
    what is best treatment for Achilles tendonitis?
    I am a 64 year old "runner" - 6 since 2003 and likely will do no more. I have had left Achilles tendonitis for 3 months now and I am told cold treatment is only good for reducing swelling and pain and should only be used for first couple of days. Because it restricts the healing effect of what small blood supply there is to the tendon. I am now 3 months with this condition and my left (back) ankle is twice as thick as my right side and I am right handed/footed. I now have orthotics for to help prevent future injuries (I have very high arches). I have gotten mixed advice re cold treatment and about excercise and stretching. I have seen my Dr., physio, chiro and orthotics. Most treatement has been laser and manipulation to help break down adhesions. It is no better now than 3 months ago. Is there any professional or patient with specific experience with Achilles tendonitis, precise treatment and length of recovery?
    I am taking oral and topical anti-inflammatories. But can topical (voltarene gel) reach the tendon given the layers or skin it has to be absorbed through before reaching the Achilles tendon?

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  17. QUESTION:
    Treatment for flat feet causing long term knee pain?
    I've had knee pain for 4 years and about 7 months after it started I saw a consultant who moved my leg around a bit and said I had chondromalacia, just told me to rest and that was it. It didn't get better so last year I went to my doctor about it and they referred me for physiotherapy, again my leg was moved around a bit and my knee cap was taped, which did relieve the pain for the first day or two.

    I then discharged myself from this because I was offered physiotherapy at a musculoskeletal centre. I went for a consultation in December and it was quite thorough, I said about my previous diagnosis of chondromalacia but she said it would not be that now as I am 20. After this meeting I received a letter which said I had anterior knee pain, medial knee pain, maltracking of patella on both knees, patella irritation of the patella femoral joint, pronated feet, valgus calcaneal tendon and lumbosacral pain.

    I've had 2 physio sessions since then, during these I have been given 3 different types of exercises to strengthen the muscles in my thigh. When I went back for the second appointment in January the physio said there was no improvement and to continue with them for another month. I have my third appointment next week and there is still no improvement. I don't see how strengthening my thigh muscles is going to treat the other issues of valgus calcaneal tendon and pronated feet, and I also think the exercises I have been given are going to take a long time to see if they work.

    Is there anything I can do in the short term? I have read that the knee pain can be caused by the problems I have with my feet, so even if I get better control over my leg muscles I'm still going to have the issues of feet and ankles that are sending my kneecap off track.

    It's been going on for too long and I guess I do want a quick fix, but as there has been no injury to my knees and I do have these underlying issues with my feet surely I should be given treatment for this and not just exercises?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Your flat feet misalign your lower extremities, knees included. Problems are execrated if you over-pronate. As your foot rolls in, so do bones on your legs. This causes friction between the bones and your knees causing pain and, subsequently, damage. You will likely need physical therapy to repair the damage to your knees, so keep following up on that. Now, I'd like to extend to you the opportunity to correct your flat feet. Doing so will not permit your problems from progressing and, possibly, developing the myriad others those afflicted with your condition face. I've successfully helped many individuals correct their feet by having them consistently perform several exercises to strengthen the ligaments, tendons and muscle which sustain the arches. If you wish to learn more, email me, k.sordo@gmail.com. There is no fee involved.

  18. QUESTION:
    Would you qualify this as a malpractice on behave of our vet services?
    We have had our Doberman pup since September 16th '10. We noticed she would limp and favor her left rear leg, after taking her to the vet for xrays [which I knew she needed, and specifically booked the appt as xrays], they only xrays the ankle, not the entire length of her leg from hip-foot, only the ankle and foot. They discovered she had a shifted Tarsus bone [in her ankle]. After treatment with a splint for 1.5mths, the bone healed, pushed back into place, and properly fused. However, she then noticed that she had swelling on her knee, and has come to the conclusion that she has now a Crucial Tear in her tendon within her knee. However, she has never been in any traumatic situation other than what caused her original Tarsus injury. So when confronted on why this injury was not discovered 2-3mths ago, along with the original injury, with a full leg xray, they vet retorted 'There was no sign of trauma to any other section of the leg other than the ankle, and the xray paper is expensive.' However when we took her into the vet to xray her knee, she was fully capable of taking a full leg xray. So now, our pup has been using the leg, and causing unknown amounts of unnecessary, irreversible damage to her knee and tendon, that should have and could have been prevented. Had have the vet taken the welfare of our pup into the greater scheme, instead she got double payment, because we had to have 2 different sessions of xrays [0.00X2], 2 different vet check-ups [$.00X2], as well as now she requires a ,000 surgery. So because the vet was more concerned about dollar signs, and taking us to the wringers, our pup has so much more damage to her leg than she would have, if the vet had have put her welfare first.

    So we are wondering if this is a form of malpractice in regards to ignoring, and neglecting t to offer proper services and options to an owner [so either a full leg xray in the initial appt, or even an xray when she notices joint fluid leaking into her knee]. We are fully prepared and stable enough to go ahead with the surgery, however it is disappointing for us to know that our pup now requires such a serious solution, when in the beginning the vet could have caught the ligament issue and we could have been on a treatment regiment for the last 2-3mths.
    To Resapoo;

    We did take our concerns directly to the practice owner, and instead of being mature about the situation, and listening to our concerns, worries and disappointment in our dogs treatment. They retaliated by stating 'how many clients and how much they deal with money everyday' as well as removing us as clients. Which further pushes my emotion that these people are simply seeing dollar signs, as they are willing to stop treatment on a pup when confronted with valid concerns.

    • ANSWER:
      I would contact a lawyer that specializes in animal law. When you first took her in for the x-rays did you specify that the x-rays cover hip to paw?

  19. QUESTION:
    i missed my doctors appointment what do i do?
    ive been having late nights because of anxiety and racing thoughts , going to sleep at 7 am in the morning , my appointment was 8:25am this morning, i slept through without warning them, now im fearful of their reaction now.

    in general ive had a hard life, missed out on a lot of things, employment, qualifications , forming close relationships etc. have a criminal record going back 7 years ago, a psychiatric record, spent time in a psychiatric hospital..

    ive had a really misfortunate life, suffered bullying, physical attacks, head injuries , mental abuse.

    im now nearlly 31 i live in a small apartment on disability , i own pretty much nothing except a computer..

    i have bad aggraphobia to, struggle with ptsd symptoms, struggle with aggression and impulsivity with it at times, low self worth, paranoia, high panic and anxiety problems.

    i was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder sometime last year, my doctor wont perscribe medication because he said most that work are ' addictive ' , and only last a short time , and you have to keep taking them for benefit.

    i was told theres no 1 on 1 psychotherapy in my area through lack of resources and funding, which is the type of therapy im wanting.

    instead they offered a drop in centre where they run activities for people with problems to help me integrate better with people.

    my last doctors practice was a nightmare, they were dismissive , condescending , unwelcoming, i made a formal complaint, i got exasperated with 1 doctor about their treatment of me - they turned it around on me and filed i had an aggressive out burst..

    i finished up leaving there of my own accord because i felt unfriendly vibes everytime i went.
    ive been with the recent practive over 6 months, at the moment i have referals for a skin condition that need chasing up, for a 3rd opinion.....i have torn ankle tendons due to a sprain a year back, ( im doing physio excercises at my home ) i may need an operation on it..

    i have another physical symptom i worrying about, pulling pains in my pubic area , i was told it could be due to frequent ( male stimulation )- but i was wanting that symptom investigated...

    i was also going to ask about psychotherapy services , even though they might refer me back to my mental health team who told me there is none..
    bottom line is i need the health services alot right now for these few problems , i feel bad i slept through..

    now im scared of their reaction and whats it going to be, will they threaten to strike me from their books ? will they be unfriendly and dismissive like my last doctors ?

    my present gp is sometimes has an aloof air about him, im scared theres stigma because of my mental health past that is no doubt documented in their computer..

    what do i do ? , because im frightend of what their response could be , and dismissive authority figures from my last doctors experience.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not a big deal.
      Just pick up the phone and explain what happened and apologise. Make a new appointment.

  20. QUESTION:
    Filling out my Medical Forms but have various doubts?!?
    Ok, so I am filling out my medical pre-screening forms and there are three questions that have got me stumped. They are:

    1.) "Kidney, urinary tract, or bladder problems, surgery, stones, or other unrinary tract problems?". -I have had urine infections, but they are gone as all I needed were antibiotics for them. My recruiter said it was no big deal.
    2.) "Any injury or illness including broken bones, which required treatment?"-Well about three years ago I sprained my ankle due to stepping in a hole (the ligaments and tendons) so I had it placed in a cast. The bone never broke though. 7 years earlier I had sprained the same ankle, again no fractures. The thing is that since this happened a long time ago, I don't even remember who the hell these doctors who casted my foot were, so I don't know where to get my recors if I need them!
    3.) Hepatitis-Since I was preparing to enlist in the USAF, I began doing all tests possible, and among them, I had some blood work done. Under the Hepatitis B column it said "Hepatitis B Surface Antibody. Indicates clinical recovery and subsequent immunity to Hepatitis B Virus. My doctor asked me if I had had the Hep. B Vaccine, and I said yes. He said it's most likely that (since you are injected with the virus in the vaccine). He said that even if it wasn't the vaccine, my body is recovered from the virus and therefore imune. He said I could even donate blood because there is no way I could spread the virus. (I have donated blood just fine).

    So, for any military medics like Above All, your opinion is greatly valued.
    Thanks for answering so quick Above All! I sent you some emails last week. Have you received them? I would like to ask you some other things, because I too would love to have a medical AFSC, and I see we are alike in a lot of ways:)

    • ANSWER:
      Haven't seen you around in a while! :)

      1) List it, but there's an area to explain any "yes" responses. Simply state, "I had ## of urinary tract infections, which were on DATE1, DATE2, DATE3, and are fully cleared up. I took xyz antibiotic."

      2) Doesn't matter. I used to run "wrong," and I sprained my ankle 6-7 times in freshman year of High School but didn't need to list that. I usually put it in a brace or aircast.

      3) Yup, almost everyone shows that kind of pseudo-false positive. If you've had the vaccine it usually shows up like that. If you've donated blood (more than 2-3 weeks ago) and the American Red Cross hasn't called you, you're clean. They screen for that kind of thing and call you if you show up positive, because if you do you're ineligible to donate blood. They also have a moral obligation to inform you.

      -------EDIT------
      Oops. Sorry lol. Haven't been checking my Yahoo! e-mail - will get on that ASAP.

  21. QUESTION:
    Orthopedic physicians/surgeons/nurses, please help!! (MRI result interpretation)?
    Hi there,

    I just got my ankle MRI result back, and the following paragraphs wwere the written result. Could you tell me as to how serious my injury is, and what kind of medical treatments would be necessary?
    I know this is long, but I am really concerned as my generalist doctor referred me to an ankle specialist, saying that "surgery may be necessary."
    Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

    There is marrow edema the medial talar dome with depression of the overlying cartilage/subchondral plate which measures 0.7cm in AP dimension, compatible with osteochondral injury. Additionally, there is a similar smaller lesion of marrow edema with overlying cartilage fissure of the lateral talar dome. There is minimal marrow edema of the anterior lateral distal tibia with a small associated osteophytes. There is small talocrural join effusion. There is mild thickening of anteroinferior tibiofibular ligament.

    The posteroinferior tibiofibular ligament is intact. There is thckening and tearing of the anterior talofibular ligament. A small fragment is noted just posterior to the torn ligament, likely represent an avulsed fragment. The posterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments are intact. There is mild thickening of the superficial deltoid ligament of tibiocalcaneal and tibionavicular ligaments, sequela from prior ankle sprain. The deep deltoid ligaments are intact.

    There is a split tear of the peroneal brevis tendon in the retro-fibular and sub fibular locations and which reconstitutes distally.There is mild thickening of the peroneal longus tendon in the sub-fibular portion, compatible with tendinosis. The tendons of the anterior, and posterior compartments are intact. The Achilles tendon is intact. The plantar fascia is intact. The subtalar joint, talonavicular joint, and calcaneocuboid joints are maintained. The sinus tarsi fat is preserved.

    Thank you once again, I know this is a handful but I would really appreciate your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Roughly speaking, it means you've broken the end of your tibia, that's the big shin bone, where it meets the foot. There is fluid building up locally, ie. swelling. You've also strained one of the ligaments that join the shin bone to the fibula (thin bone lying alongside it) in the same location. The ligament has torn away a piece of bone (it tends to be stronger than bone). You've also strained the tendon of one of the muscles on the outside of the ankle, but it is still attached.

      I'm guessing you landed very heavily onto your foot from a height, or had the foot wrenched backwards somehow?

      What happens clinically with this I can't tell from here, but I guess you had worked out most of the above. You can google the anatomy and find pictures that might help understand it.

      Good luck and mend well.

  22. QUESTION:
    i feel jealous, bitter & angry when i see happy people, and dwell on my hard life scenario?
    being 31 years of age, having endured a harsh life of struggle, trauma, adversity.

    living in a one bedroom apartment owning very little material possessions, a dusty old custom computer ive had years, the basics that's it.

    being a perfectionist and vain and being very physically imperfect, aged prematurely, physical disfigurements that cant be repaired : - a crooked, bent little finger on left hand - due to an injury years ago -

    damaged nerves in my knuckle in my right hand through smashing a wall years ago, i can use the hand normally but it hurts if i were to hit a punch bag.

    - 2 missing , lower , front teeth because i headbutted a object years ago, through a rage outburst - implants cost thousands.

    - an ankle that has recently been operated on to repair torn tendons, cast has been off weeks , feels weak , waiting for a physio appointment to do exercises to build it up - hoping the ankle is fixed.......used to twist it easily and go over on it.

    missed out on all the normal things in life so far like building any relationships - being employed - getting qualifications - having a normal life etc.

    have a prison record 11 years back and was in a mental hospital 11 years ago to.

    struggling with severe anxiety, racing obsessive worries , ptsd, bpd, gad , ocd , and not getting the right or efficient treatment from mental health services , so im fighting to get what im entitled to.

    im not afraid to admit these sht life circumstances, i have survived it because of courage and honor and integrity - i didnt choose the hand i was dealt.

    ive suffered a lot of misfortunes in life , and im extremely bitter and jealous, and angry at the '' happy people '' i see below that pass my apartment window.

    the students , the university students, the couples hand in hand, the teenagers etc.

    i fckng hate it and hate them.

    the only things what keep me going is the hope of a better life : building meaningful relationships - living in a quiet coastal village in my own house - a job working from home, security , peace and quiet.

    but how will i achieve that at this late stage with everything i have to battle through ?

    at big disadvantages ?
    i fckng hate the happy grins i see every single day from couples or students.
    YA

    thanks, the only answer i found helpful so far.

    the rest were useless so i downflagged you.
    Chantare...

    you have a lot to say , why have you blocked your email ?

    whats up ? scared i'll respond ?

    • ANSWER:
      It is hard to not be jealous of people who seem to have better lives than you. I know that I've had times like that. At the same time, I know that there's very little that I would gain by maintaining my focus on them. The important thing is for you to get your focus from them to yourself. You can just ignore them. Or you can say to yourself, "and that's why I must keep working hard to get myself to there."

      One thing that I see that's positive here is that you have a vision of what you want: a coastal village house, etc. Focus on that instead. Focus on getting your life back together.

      In addition, go to the public library and read up on anger management. Your prison record, mental health issues, and self-inflicted damage all tell a story of anger mismanagement to me. You may have had crappy parents, guardians, circumstances, and teachers, but don't let them screw you any more.

      I know that you have a lot of ground to cover. But if you keep doing whatever you can to get better and better every day, then that's all you can ask of yourself. imho...

      Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Treatment for flat feet causing long term knee pain?
    I've had knee pain for 4 years and about 7 months after it started I saw a consultant who moved my leg around a bit and said I had chondromalacia, just told me to rest and that was it. It didn't get better so last year I went to my doctor about it and they referred me for physiotherapy, again my leg was moved around a bit and my knee cap was taped, which did relieve the pain for the first day or two.

    I then discharged myself from this because I was offered physiotherapy at a musculoskeletal centre. I went for a consultation in December and it was quite thorough, I said about my previous diagnosis of chondromalacia but she said it would not be that now as I am 20. After this meeting I received a letter which said I had anterior knee pain, medial knee pain, maltracking of patella on both knees, patella irritation of the patella femoral joint, pronated feet, valgus calcaneal tendon and lumbosacral pain.

    I've had 2 physio sessions since then, during these I have been given 3 different types of exercises to strengthen the muscles in my thigh. When I went back for the second appointment in January the physio said there was no improvement and to continue with them for another month. I have my third appointment next week and there is still no improvement. I don't see how strengthening my thigh muscles is going to treat the other issues of valgus calcaneal tendon and pronated feet, and I also think the exercises I have been given are going to take a long time to see if they work.

    Is there anything I can do in the short term? I have read that the knee pain can be caused by the problems I have with my feet, so even if I get better control over my leg muscles I'm still going to have the issues of feet and ankles that are sending my kneecap off track.

    It's been going on for too long and I guess I do want a quick fix, but as there has been no injury to my knees and I do have these underlying issues with my feet surely I should be given treatment for this and not just exercises?

    • ANSWER:
      While quad exercises are important to help with tracking of the patella, you are correct in thinking that the feet may need to be addressed as well. Orthotics to control the pronation may be of benefit. At this time, prefabricated and even some store bought orthotics may be just as effective as custom fit orthotics, according to recent studies. I would try a store bought orthotic that controls over pronation as a trial...you can always get custom orthoses later if needed. Although, I'm guessing you are in the UK, and I'm not quite sure how that works over there.


Ankle Swelling Treatment

It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. But, most importantly, cut down on processed foods and fast foods, all of which are overflowing with salt.

Swollen ankles, feet and legs, referred to medically as edema, occur when fluid is retained in the spaces between body cells. While edema typically affects the feet, ankles and lower legs, it can also impact any area of the body, causing systemic symptoms.

Symptoms:
Initially, the feet, ankles and legs will appear swollen as the day progresses, but after a period of time, the swelling will set in first thing in the morning and continue to worsen throughout the day. Long-term edema causes pitting: When you press on the swollen area for a few seconds, you will notice an indentation in that area. Continued swelling can cause skin ulcerations.

Home Remedies for Ankle Swelling
Lift ankle so that the leg is straight in front of you on the sofa or on a chair. Place an ice pack, or ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a clean dish towel on the raised ankle.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for a sprained ankle swelling?
    I iced my ankle and it didn't work well. There was still swelling after I iced it. What else can I do? HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You want to follow 4 simple steps: RICE. R stands for rest, which is self explanatory. I stands for Ice. You want to put ice on the area for 10-15 minutes several times a day. C stands for compression. You want to compress the area by putting on a bandage/wrap/gauze. Make sure it isnt too tight as this will block blood flow and delay healing. E stands for elevate. You want to elevate your ankle and keep above your heart (for example when you go to bed, put your ankle on a bunch of stacked pillows so that your ankle is above your heart). All of these things will help speed up recovery. You can also try taking Motrin, as this medication will help reduce swelling and inflammation. Hope this helps.

  2. QUESTION:
    ankle swelling?????????????????????????????????????????
    ok so i sprained my ankle awhile ago and went to the doctor and she said nothing was broken and she told me to ice it and blah blah blah.But ive been icing it for months now and doing the RICE treatment and the swelling wont go away.is it possible i may have some tissue damage or something? btw i was kinda walkin on it earlier then i should have because im hardheaded.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a bad sprain, it may take a long time for it to get better. You should go see a physical therapist. They are the experts for this type of injury. Your PT can give you some treatments to help get rid of the swelling and increase your strength and ROM if that has been affected.

  3. QUESTION:
    is it typical for swelling to get worse 24 hours after spraining your ankle, despite home treatment?
    I fell off a curb, the swelling got bad and couldn't move my foot, well I iced it last night, elevated it, and put a compression bandage on it all night, but the swelling just got worse. Is this a sprain or could I have really hurt it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'll tell ya what happened to me: I twisted my ankle, thinking it was just a sprain. That was on a Sat night. Hurt too bad to walk on - but I kept trying cause I needed to be at work on Monday. Monday morning it was still swollen and had turned black with bruising. Went to the emergency room and got it xrayed and it was broken in 4 places. Had to have surgery.

      Go get it checked.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a good treatment for a swollen ankle?
    I broke my leg years ago and following that my ankle was swollen but after time it went down and has been fine since, however recently my ankle has been swollen for days. There is no pain, just swelling. I'm thinking I need high/mid top shoes with good support and maybe soak it in ice water to bring down the swelling but I am not sure. Does anyone know what works for this?

    • ANSWER:
      ice/heat and keep the injuryed ankle elevated abve the heart

  5. QUESTION:
    My ankle is bruised and swollen. Treatment help?
    The bruise is right under that bone that sticks out on the inside of my foot. My ankle is swollen and it hurts to walk-especially when going down the stairs. I think its from a tackle in soccer, though later that evening I was running around on it. Is it a sprain? Treatment?

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  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best, fastest treatment for a swollen ankle.?
    I tripped and fell today and my anlke is swollen on the outer side of it. It has almost what looks like a ball on the side bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a baseball. I will be going on vacation in a week and it needs to be healed and ready to walk on by then. Do you have anything I could do that will heal it in time for my vacation?
    I already went to my neighbor who is a doctor and it isn't broken. It's just swollen.

    • ANSWER:
      The signs you are describing sound indicative of a sprain or a break. It would be best if you consulted a doctor and had an x-ray done as this is the only way to confirm, one way or another, whether or not it is truly broken.
      In the mean time RICE it......
      Rest (the injured foot, in other words STAY OFF OF IT!!!)
      Ice (the injury for no more than about 15 minutes at a time)
      Compress (the area in the most comfortable position so as it immobilize it)
      Elevate (the area to try to cut back on some of the swelling).

      Good luck,

      Siri

  7. QUESTION:
    Question about ankle swelling for no reason?
    Does anyone know if there is any treatment for ankles that swell for no reason. I'm a healthy young woman and I have been having this problem for a number of years. I have seen many doctors and specialists for this problem but none of them can help me. They do the normal lab tests they do to check if my heart, lungs, kidneys, etc.. are functioning properly and the results always come back normal so there is nothing they can do except tell me that I should reduce salt intake, drink more water, excercise, etc.. which I have been doing but they don't seem to help. The problem gets worse when I have to stand or sit for a long time which I do everyday because at work I'm either standing or sitting for at least 8-10 hours.
    If anyone knows something that works, please tell me. There is no pain or anything but it sucks walking around with fat ankles all day and not be able to wear cute shoes. By the end of the day, my ankles look like a 90 year old's ankles. I'm just too young for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you're young and healthy, I can't really say much. However, my grandmother had this problem, but she was overweight and diabetic..

      Something her doctors always told her was to keep elevating her legs. This might seem difficult to do at your job, so I don't know what to tell you for that.

  8. QUESTION:
    swollen ankle bursa, what treatment is likely?
    i went to see a physiotherapist the other day who told me that i have a swollen ankle bursa, but is sending me for a scan to be 100% sure.

    just wondered what the likely treatments would be. Also i have type 1 diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      I had bursa on knees and elbow caused from overuse. They did drain them and inject with cortizone. It was unsuccessful. Left it alone after it got infected and was agony and had to take antibiotics. It eventually mostly cleared with change of habit and time - left with a strangely lumpy knee on one side but hasn't given me any problems for years.
      .

  9. QUESTION:
    If an ankle injury doesn't swell does it need treatment?
    I rolled my ankle last night. I iced and elevated it and it never swelled. There is no discoloration and very little pain, it is more stiff. I've kept it wrapped and made it through work okay. If there is no discoloration or swelling does that mean it can't be a sprain or strain?

    • ANSWER:
      It's most likely just a muscle strain. You are doing the right things by icing it and elevated it. To fix the stiffness try doing stretches with your ankle like rotating it both left and right. Then take a towel and wrap it around your foot and pull. You should feel a pull, but it shouldn't hurt.
      Both of these stretches have helped tremendously for all of my countless ankle sprains and strains! Hope it feels better! =]

  10. QUESTION:
    health treatment for swelling in ankles and burning sensation in feet?
    i have pain swelling in ankles and my feet underneath have a burning sensation continously since 3 to 4 months. On doctor's advice i am taking medicine LOSAR-H for BP and edema, plus Oxyrute capsules.Kindly give me advice as the swelling and pain is not subsiding. Only when i keep my feet in elevated posture when slept the swelling is coming down.Also i have some skin desease especially on my neck since a long time.when applied Candiderma skin ointment continuosly it subsides. again scabies like and itching starts after a few days around the sanme area.This is happening to me since over an year.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Cure for Burning Feet and Swelling of Ankles:-
      1.SULFUR 200 Three drops in a sip of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.Just once a day.
      2.BRYONIA 30 Three drops in a sip of water half hour before meals thrice a day.
      Take these medicines and report back to me with your conditions and progress after taking them for three days regularly.
      Take care and God Bless you !

  11. QUESTION:
    Treatment for my swollen ankle?
    I badly sprained my ankle on Saturday, like normal it has swollen up very much. I have heard of R.I.C.E. And i am putting ice on in, i am trying to compress it with bandages, and i am elevating it. But here is the problem, i am in high school and i go to school 5 days a week. I am in the middle of exams and can't afford to take a break off school, so i am not being able to rest it. In the morning the swelling of my ankle has gone down quite a bit but as i am going to school every day i am constantly walking on it, so by the time i get home it is as big as before. How can i treat my ankle in this scenario?

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  12. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle 7 weeks ago, i have had no treatment, should I be worried it will heal wrong?
    I sprained my ankle 7 weeks ago. I found out last week that it is fractured. The dr. is sending me for an MRI, however another week has gone by and it still isnt scheduled. Should I be worried that it will heal wrong since I have been walking on it for 7 weeks now without treatment? It swells up and aches something FIERCE. Any suggestions on what I can do or if I should even be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, it might be bad if it heals wrong, but if the Dr hasn't yet than it probably is minor, and if your even able to walk on it that's a sign that it must be pretty low grade. But regardless you might have to have surgery for that anyways so it probably isn't a huge deal.

  13. QUESTION:
    what is treatment of swollen ankle due to water retaintion ?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to go to the doctor and let him know, he will give you a water pill.

  14. QUESTION:
    post sprained ankle treatment?
    I sprained my ankle almost six months ago but it seems like my ankle is still swollen. IT hurts after a a good days of strenous activity and i was wondering how do i get the swelling down to where it was befroe i sprained my ankle. and is it possible at all??

    • ANSWER:
      I sprained my ankle about 3 -4 months ago and its still sprained and still swollen i talked to the doctor about it and he said that swelling on your ankle he don't care about because you walk on your ankle your ankle will take a lot longer to become back to normal swelling doesn't mean anything just because you continue to walk on it it will effect it so just give it time and it will get better.

  15. QUESTION:
    Anyone had a chipped ankle? What is the treatment?
    I woke up this morning with a huge "bump" on my ankle. I was already going to the doctor for a sinus infection. The doctor looked at it said I either bruised it, there is an infection and the antibiotics I am on will take it away or I have chipped my ankle. If the swelling doesnt go down in a week I am going to get an x-ray. Has anyone ever had a chipped bone...what is the treatment? Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Wrap it up, don't move it, and have someone carry you to the ER!

  16. QUESTION:
    what is treatment of cellulitis/swollen ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a big difference between cellulitis and just a swollen ankle. Cellulitis is an actual infection in the tissues - in your case it would be the ankle/leg. If this is cellulitis it is often red, inflamed, swollen and sore. If this is what you are talking about the treatment is antibiotics and often times depending on the severity it is given IV over 7 - 10 days. If you think you have actual cellulitis, call your Dr. ASAP, because it will only worsen without treatment.

  17. QUESTION:
    here is swelling and pain in my right ankle. I have psorisis on the same ankle.There is 2 or 3 sists arealso i
    There is a swelling and pian with 3 sists in the same ankle . Psorisis is also on the same ankle also. This problem is for the past 8 years.please advice me for treatment. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try herbal anti-psoriasis cream from http://www.champori.com if you haven't done so already. It is fast and effective. I haven't had a flare up for over a year now after few weeks of treatment.

  18. QUESTION:
    what's the treatment for a swollen ankle?

    It's been swollen for about 2 weeks now shouldn't it have went down by now?
    I mean I can actually walk on it now and I had a hard time before.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you ice it 2-3 times a day. If it is swallon badley, elevate it. I've found it also helps to try to get up on it every couple of days, so it doesn't get overly stiff. Going to the docter would most likely be a good idea if the swalling doesn't reside in the next week- 10 days.

      Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    My horses fetlock is swollen but she does not seem to be in pain anyone know of a treatment to reduce swelling?
    My oldenburg mares back left fetlock or "ankle" is swollen but there is no heat and she is not showing any signs of pain. She gets ridden 5 days a week and lives in a pasture. Does anyone know what might be wrong or know of a treatment?
    My oldenburg mares back left fetlock or "ankle" is swollen but there is no heat and she is not showing any signs of pain. She gets ridden 5 days a week and lives in a pasture.It is puffy and soft Does anyone know what might be wrong or know of a treatment?
    it is soft and puffy and she does have a few scratches around the area but they are pretty old

    • ANSWER:
      Are there any small nicks or cuts on it? Is it hard swollen or puffy and soft? Some horses do have problems with their hind legs draining and tend to stock up but as this is one limb, she's turned out and it's the first time, it would be more likely that she has either knocked or sprained it or got some kind of infection from a small nick or cut - even dew poison can make them blow up like that.
      You can mix furasin, DMSO and dex and sweat the leg, 12 hours on, 12 hours off especially if it's soft and puffy or there are nicks and cuts. You could also give 1g of bute am and pm for a couple of days. Should you find nicks and cuts, you might also consider 10 days of SMZ's.
      If it appears to be more of a knock or strain, you could use something like Ice Tite clay poultice in conjunction with cold hosing for 15 mins a couple of times per day. If nothing seems to have resolved within 3 days, swelling gets worse or she becomes lame, then you need to contact a vet.

  20. QUESTION:
    need advice on severe ankle sprain treatment?
    Background :
    I landed wrong playing basketball 2 months ago, and my ankle gave out and popped out of socket temporarily, but popped right back in.
    I did the R.I.C.E. treatment, but it remained swollen for a couple of weeks, so I used an ankle brace, a boot, and crutches.
    The doctor told me there were no breaks, and that surgery was not needed, so his only advice was to loop a belt around it and push against it, like a gas pedal.
    After 6 weeks of the same advice, I asked for possibly physical therapy, because after 2 months, I still have a really hard time running.
    So his advice is to use an elliptical machine for 3 weeks, then try jogging.
    But my ankle is still a little swollen, and I cant get the full range of motion (bending my toes toward my knee) and I have no strength.
    I asked if I should use heat to help blood flow, but he told me it would do no good.

    So my question is:
    Does anybody know what I can do to speed up my recovery? The advice I'm getting seems misguided.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure you probably already are, but if not, take Ibuprofen - it has stuff in it that will reduce the swelling. Also, keep icing it, and wear the brace just until it gets healed. (If you keep wearing the brace when your ankle is healthy, you will make your ankle weak.) Avoid activites that cause pain or limping in your ankle. Use crutches until you can do those activities without it hurting. When you're just relaxing and sitting down, elevate your foot above heart level. Just put it up on the couch arm or another chair or something like that. Also, if you think your doctor is misguiding you, go to some other doctor to get a second opinion. Good luck and get well! :)

  21. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle treatment?
    i just twisted my ankle today around 3pm, so now its been about 8 hours. its been swelling a bit but no bruises. the pain is located above my big ankle "ball" bone, where the swell is too. and i have to limp when i walk.

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  22. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for swelling to occur six months after an ankle sprain?
    I had a severe ankle sprain six months ago. The ER wrapped it, gave great instructions, & supplied crutches. Two days later my PCP gave me a walking boot (with an air bladder) to use instead of the crutches. Approximately two weeks later I saw an orthopedic physican and he said no to physical therapy. He did mention that I had weak ankles prior to the injury & suggested a simple surgery to strengthen them -- after the swelling subsides. Five+ months later, my ankle still has considerable swelling by the end of the day...and earlier if I'm fairly active. I wear an ankle brace when exercising and other sporting activities...but it still hurts occasionally and doesn't feel stable. The orthopedic doc blew me off when I voiced my concerns, and I can't see my PCP right away since it's not an acute care issue.

    I'm not asking for medical advice in lieu of a doctor's appointment--but has anyone been in a similar situation? What did you do? Did the issue resolve w/o medical treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Well a two fold answer. I would get a 2nd opinion on the doctors recommendation based on what you have said in your question. You do not need surgery to 'strengthen' an ankle. 2nd, yes you can have continued swelling due to an ankle sprain. Depending on your age this can last for months and I regret to tell you I have seen it continue far beyond that.

  23. QUESTION:
    Pain in ankle and unable to apply pressure but no swelling, help?
    Hi,
    I am really looking for some advice. My mum has woken up and found that she cannot apply any pressure to her ankle. She is experiencing pain but there is no swelling. Any advice on what this could be and any treatment would be a great help,
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Goes without saying, consult with a doctor for a proper examination. This isn't something that you can figure out on your own.

  24. QUESTION:
    Sprained Ankle Treatment?
    Last night at work [haunted house] I fell and rolled my ankle something AWFUL. It immediately began to swell and is painful to walk on. I had another two hours of work ahead of me, so I just kept off of it as much as possible for the duration of the night.

    After work, I iced it, elevated and wrapped it for a good two hours, then followed that up with a heated compress. I didn't wrap it before going to bed and this morning I woke up and the swelling is still present, but not as bad as it was. I can tolerate putting SOME pressure on it, but not much. I'm walking with a highly noticeable limp.

    I work tonight 530-130am and there's NO way I can keep off of it. Is there anything I can do to help kill the pain without injuring it further?

    • ANSWER:
      Soak it for awhile in hot water and empsom salt. Wrap it and take some aspirin. Let your boss know what happened, so he wont think you are being lazy.

      Hope you feel better!

  25. QUESTION:
    ankle and treatment?
    I hurt my anke yesterday and could tell i hurt it... i was limping and my ankle got swollen on the outside but not that much, i coudlnt run on it but i could walk but with a limp, when i woke up today the pain was must worse its still swollen and i can't walk on it anymore i'm not sure if its sprained or fractured i dunno what to do since i dont have health insurance right now what should i?

    • ANSWER:
      It is quite normal for your ankle to be more swollen and stiffer the next morning.

      A sprain is an injury to ligaments. With ankles, lateral sprains like yours are the most common.

      Ice, compression, and elevation treat the secondary effects of the injury. (pain, swelling, loss of function) Work on the normal up & down motion in order to get back to normal heel to toe walking.

      Even if you feel better, don't be suprised if your ankle looks thicker for a while. Scar tissue - part of natural healing - will make it look thicker even after swelling is reduced.

  26. QUESTION:
    Severly Sprained Ankle Treatment?
    i sprained my ankle tonight and it swelled up and i can't put any pressure on it or bend it too far in any direction. what can i do to help it heal faster? are crutches necessary???? do i need an ankle wrap??? i know its not a break but i do need to know how to treat it

    thanks!
    xoxo
    kenzington

    • ANSWER:
      You should still get an x-ray. The best thing for ankle sprains, is to stay off it.

      Having been through a grade III sprain (ruptured liagments) and have had 2 operations, I think you should have it looked at by an ortho.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long would it take for me to walk from an ankle fracture?
    Recently, I had an ankle fracture( tiny fracture) from playing basketball. It has been 5 days since the incident. Surgery isn't necessary. I just need to wear an ace wrap.I have been using crutches to walk and treatments for my ankle. The treatments are just keeping my ankle elevated, applying ice on the swelling, and doing exercises.I am able to touch the floor now with two feet, but I am not able to walk. I just want to be able to walk before my college starts. I don't care if i can't run yet. Really would like to know an estimate on when to walk. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      You should try to keep your weight off it for 6 weeks. You may find that it is better after 5 but 6 is the usual figure. You should find that you can move it slightly and gently moving it without any resistance can help prevent the muscles wasting but don't put any pressure on it.

      Sorry if this wasn't the timescale you was hoping for.

  28. QUESTION:
    when should I start doing ankle recovery exercises?
    I sprained my ankle about an hour ago playing basketball and there was definitely a pop but no swelling at point of injury and still no swelling but and I'm currently doing the rice treatment. Last time I sprained my other ankle and it swelled so i waited a couple days before doing rehab, but there was no swelling this time. Can I go straight into doing range of motion exercises and such right now.
    I want to be back on the court as soon as possible

    • ANSWER:
      The pop is typically not a good sign, however, as long as there is not pain, there is no reason to stop your regular routine.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best long term treatment for a sprained ankle. Sprained ankle 3 months ago, still not at 100%?
    I broke my leg and sprained my ankle this past Dec 4th. Doctor told me not to be surprised it takes 6 to 8 months tfor the ankle to heal. What treatment and rehab would be best. Warm soaking with epson salt daily? Stretching and walking with cold compresses? Staying off ankle as much as possible? Exercising and appling sports cream rub? Warm baths? Ankle will swell during the day. I need some good advice, golf season is approaching rather quickly. I was powerwalking and light jogging prior to my accident. I really need to get back to exercising as soon as possible.
    Ted

    • ANSWER:
      You can try physical therapy.

      Some of the exercises I did in physical therapy for my sprained ankle were..... Calf raises, rubber band exercises where you put the band around your foot, then move your foot in each direction, holding your foot across your lap, and 'writing' each letter of the alphabet.

      My ankles did pretty well with these exercises. I still have problems to this day though, as I have torn ligaments. Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    my EF is 40 but have shortness of breath and swelling feet and ankle was told have chronic cardiomayapthy have?
    also having to taking breathing treatments 2to 3 times daily. like others I am 60yrs old, what may my life expectancy be.

    • ANSWER:
      You really should direct this question to your cardiologist or GP and follow their directions as to treatment and dietary restrictions. Cardiomyopathy might be reason to eventually go on a transplant list.

  31. QUESTION:
    Weirdly sprained ankle. Treatment?
    Being idiots, my buddies and I were jumping off a chair and dunking at my gym. On one jump, the chair slip out from under me and I fell and sprained my ankle. But it didn't twist sideways like most sprains happened; it twisted forewords. If you were to picture it, take your hand and point it down on a flat surface so only the top of the middle finger touches. Then roll your hand over so it looks like your trying to touch the bottom of your arm. That's what my ankle did. The first day it was so painful that I couldn't even put weight on it. And then the next day, pain free, so I decided to go play some basketball again. When I came home, the ankle was just as painful, but it was more of an ache pain, like it was tired, and then the next day the swelling had increased. It's been a month now and I'm still pain free in the morning but after all the walking I do in the day, I come home with a tired and achy ankle.

    So, my question is: do I continue with my regular day where I walk a lot, then ice the ankle when I get home, or do I take some time off and just stay in bed and off my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, this sounds like a pretty uncommon sprain, Wildcat. Although, it probably still affected both of the ligaments in your ankle, which is also why you're getting that swelling coming back..

      If the swelling still occurs, I would take a day or two off to really nurse it. Grab an ice pack, and apply it for 20 minutes, and then take it off for 20 minutes. you can repeat this process as much as you need to within these first two days..

      From there, it will be best to move into an actual rehab program, whether that's through a physical therapist, or at-home, it's vital to get that strength back, and keep the swelling down.. by improving the circulation to the injured area, you can help it heal faster..

      I've linked an at-home rehab program below, so you can check it out. Something simple, yet comprehensive generally works best. All the best, and good luck buddy!

  32. QUESTION:
    Hairline fracture ankle treatment.....?
    My friend has hairline fracture on ankle and the leg has swollen and its now just same for about 2 weeks or so. Doctors said it might take 4-8 weeks to cure.
    My friend, she is 20 yrs old.

    I wanted to ask if calcium sandoz or similar things that contain higher amount of calcium can help her recover faster?
    Is it ok to take those pills?

    Is there any other remedy to reduce the pain & reduce the swell?

    • ANSWER:
      Elevation and Ice to bring down the swelling. Consider a good calcium magnesium liquid for faster absorption. Also silica can be beneficial It spurring the healing.

  33. QUESTION:
    My ankle won't stop swelling?!!!?
    I sprained my ankle 3 weeks ago. Then it was healed within a week, but I was ***** as **** and played on it. I resprained it but not nearly as bad (or it didn't feel bad) because I could run on it right after. Since then (2 weeks ago) my ankle won't stop swelling. I went to the doctor today and he doesn't know anything!! He called it tumor-like and full of water. A dimwit knows its not water. Also, I took AP Bio in my previous years.

    I'm really worried because tryouts are coming up and I need to be healed! I'm not asking for any miracle treatment! I just want a legit answer/doctor/suggestion. How can I get my ankle to not swell up? That's all I'm asking. STOP the swelling :(
    *I didn't force anything to heal...
    It healed completely but I didn't have full ROM it "plantarflexed' no more than a regular foot but more than my hurt foot could.

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    got fluid on ankle -- what could i do for treatment?
    my ankle has swollen a little bit , does not cause me any pain there is just excess fluid in my ankle

    • ANSWER:
      For temporary relief, try elevating the ankle above your heart. If it was causing you pain, ice would certainly be a good thing to do.

      What concerns me is random swelling in your ankles can signal that there is something amiss with your physical condition. Swelling from an injury, that's normal but just general swelling, something else could be lurking that might need attention. You don't give your age which is fine but if you're a young person, not pregnant, didn't do something out of the ordinary range of your daily activities, I'd think about scheduling a check up with the doctor and bringing up the swelling of your ankles if it happens on a somewhat regular basis.

      Cutting back on salt, drinking more water and elevating the ankle will help in the meantime.

  35. QUESTION:
    Ankle Tendonitis????? Treatment?
    I have self diagnosed ankle tendonitis. I have a severe sprain about 8 years ago (had to have a cast) on the same ankle. A few weeks ago it suddenly became swollen and sore. I can actually track my outer tendon (peroneus longus or brevis) from the malleolus (sticky out bit) down into my foot and feel how tender it is. My tendons also hurt and burn up theo utside of my calf about half way up.
    It wakes me at night and burns and itches on the inside
    Does this sounds like ankle tendonitis? It is getting worse.
    What is the treatment and should l still work fulltime at the moment (I am an RN with no knowlegde of ankle stuff)

    • ANSWER:
      If you are all ready in the presence of numerous different physicians. WHY ! Have you not had any one look at it. You are in the industry of helping others, but in order to do this you need to take care of yourself. I will not guess what you may have done to your ankle but I can say that the longer you keep straining it the longer it will take to heal. You also stand the chance of having a long term injury.

  36. QUESTION:
    swelling in left ankle?
    i am 36 yrs old i have swelling inmy left ankle and sorrounding areas for the past 20 days. Doppler scan and scan of abdomen are normal.what colud be other causes and is there any treatment in homeo or ayurveda.pls help

    • ANSWER:
      Did you get any fracture in your ankle? Does it pain?
      Pl. don't accept any body's advice. Show to best orthopedic surgeon.
      May be some infection.
      Never put your leg in hot water or cold water.Also no massage of any oil till diagnosis is not done.
      The leg may be swelling and paining due to infection. Take orthopedic surgeon doctor advice only.
      This is my sincere suggestion as I have undergone pain in ankle of my right leg.due to self wrong treatment still under medical treatment.
      Wish you speedy recovery.

  37. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain(?) treatment?
    Seven weeks ago I suffered a nasty ankle sprain playing basketball. My foot was inverted (outside-in) when I went up for a layup, but instead of pushing off the floor I stepped on the defender's foot. I'm fairly certain I heard popping, but that could have just been my shoe. I went to a walk-in physical therapy clinic the next day and the nurse there told me to R.I.C.E. and gave me a walking boot in case anything was broken. After getting my foot x-rayed, it was discovered that I had no broken bones. The doctor told me I may have partial tearing, however. After resting, icing, compressing, and elevating for about three weeks there was significantly less swelling and the bruising had completely gone away. However, there is still some swelling (or possibly fluid build-up) right around the actual "ankle bone" on the inside and outside. Also, the inside part of my ankle and my achilles tendon are extremely tight. The tightness on the inside of my ankle is what concerns me the most, considering the type of sprain I had (inversion) would usually warrant the worst of the injury being on the outside of the ankle. I've tried to play basketball with no luck because my tendons seem to be tightened up so bad that I can't jump or run very hard. I've been doing some stretching exercises, and it seems to be helping slightly. I guess I have several questions for anyone who has good advice to give:
    1) Should I still be icing my ankle daily?
    2) Should I try some light running or other exercise requiring use of my foot?
    3) Do I need to spend the money on a doctor visit or an MRI?
    4) When I elevate my foot, the fluid seems to drain away from the ankle somewhat. However, when I start to walk around or sit with my foot down it usually swells to the same size again. What can I do about this?
    5) Finally, the league I play basketball in starts on Jan 31. Is it likely that I will be able to play by then?

    • ANSWER:
      Ashton,
      1. No, stop the ice. Recent studies have shown that the use of ice stops or slows down the rate of healing. Use warmth but not hot. Warm moist compresses work the best.
      2. You are describing difficulty in playing ball due to the fact that the tendons are tight. Since that is the case running or jogging is going to stress them when they are not in their normal length. This would be opening you up for another injury. Better to wait until you get full mobility and strength in the leg.
      3. If you are going to see a doctor about this see a podiatrist. They are the foot and ankle experts. If you are not having any other problems except for the tightness I would say no. If on the other hand you are still experiencing pain and other problems then you should go.
      4. The leg is a cylinder and all of the laws of physics apply to it. Since you are walking on a cylinder with limited muscular work the normal pumping mechanism is not working as well as it should. The fluid is always going to drop down to the lowest point unless you have a strong pump to push it back up. If you were to take a measurement of the opposite ankle when you first got up and then again when you went to bed you would find that it also was larger. You have to use your calf muscles more to pump the fluid out. I will give you a simple exercise to do that after these answers.
      5. This is a little over 3 weeks off. It might be possible but in all honesty I would say no. The reason for the no is that unless your leg and ankle have full mobility and strength you are asking for another injury. As soon as the leg is strong enough you can return.
      6. Do this movement to gain mobility and help to pump some of the fluid out of the leg. Assume a long sitting position on the floor. Have the muscles of the feet pull them backwards towards the shins. The only movement that should be taking place is at the ankles. You will know that it is being done correctly as you will feel a pulling sensation in the calves. Hold that pull for 10 seconds and then relax for 5 seconds. Repeat this until you have done 10. You can do this as many times a day as you want. Once you learn the basic movement you can also do this standing and sitting. The best position is lying down.
      7. There is an exercise called the 180. That number stands for the total number of reps that you have to do for this exercise. In the beginning you are not going to be able to do this number so just do what you can. Stand on a step with the balls of the feet on the edge. Raise both heels up as high as they go. Now take the injured foot off the step and hold it up not touching anything. Now slowly lower the heel of the foot you are standing on. At the bottom of that movement replace the injured foot on the edge of the step. Now using both feet raise the heels up to the highest that they can go. Again take the injured foot off the step and lower the other foot down as low as it can go. Do this until you have done 15 reps. Now reverse positions of the feet and you are going to work the injured foot. Attempt to do as many as you can always attempting to get the heel as low as it can go. Do this exactly as you did the other foot until you have either tired or done 15. Now switch back to the original position and do 15 on that foot. If you are able do some more on the injured foot. In this way you only do what the leg is capable of doing. Don't force the leg to do more than it is capable.
      8. You will be able to return to playing when you can run this drill. This is called a figure 8 drill. Make a large 8 somewhere like a basketball court. Walk the 8 as fast as you can. If you have no pain or restrictions then make the 8 a little bit smaller. Do the walk as fast as you can in that 8. No problems make the 8 smaller. Keep doing that until you have the smallest 8 you can. If you have no problems then go back to the largest 8 and jog it. No problems do the next smallest one and so forth until you are able to do the smallest one or you have a problem. Return to the large 8 and run it at 3/4 speed through all of the 8's. If you have no problems run it at full speed through all of the 8's. If you can run through the smallest 8 without any problems then you are ready to play.

  38. QUESTION:
    Which doctor should I listen to for treatment of my ankle? If either?
    I injured my ankle in the middle of October. I was simply walking, tripped and thought that I just rolled my ankle and foot. I believed that it was nothing serious as did many people around me, it did not swell very big and hardly even bruised at all. I was strongly encouraged to rest it, take Advil, elevate it and rotate heat and cold on it. I did this until the past week it was finally getting to the point where I could no longer stand it. The pain seems to be spreading up my leg and becoming more intense. I finally chose to see a doctor. I went to a smaller clinic at first because I knew they gave discounts for self pay patients.

    This doctor looked at my ankle and foot pretty extensively. He mentioned that I most likely tore ligaments in my ankle and was very concerned about my Akiles tendon because as he showed my boyfriend it was hardly responding on my hurt ankle when compared to my other ankle. He strongly encouraged me to go to another doctors office who did in house x-rays so that it would not cost as much, yet he strongly believed that x-rays were needed to properly diagnose me as he said. He also said that I would need a walking boot at the least so that I would finally give my ankle a break and time to truly heal. He also stated that my foot was injured as well.

    I then went to my old family doctor because I knew that they did x-rays in house and that the doctors looked at them themselves instead of sending them out. By the time that I saw this doctor I had already waited 2 hours in their waiting room so now I am really starting to wonder about a lot of what she said. As soon as she walked into the room before even looking at me said that x-rays were not going to tell us a thing and they were completely pointless. She then looked at my foot, and I will admit she looked more at my foot than the first doctor did. However when I tried to explain that I had constant pain in the back of my ankle and up my calf she just said that I did not. If I mentioned anything that the first doctor said she would just put her hands in the air and wave them around. She said that my foot was hurt where all of the bones connect together and that now I have severe arthritis in my foot. About my third time asking what to do for the pain in the back of my ankle she finally responded with well your foot is small so the pain has to go somewhere. It seemed very strange to me, but I had a migraine and was very hopeful that she was right and nothing was wrong. Her treatment recommendation was to keep doing everything that I had been doing from the beginning (advil every 4 hours, which I will admit I was not extremely strict with then but have been since, heating my ankle and foot when they hurt) and to stop using cold on my foot because I need to get new blood flowing into my foot. All of this did, and still do make sense. However, as I explain to her if I put heat on my foot it is swelling quite large and makes it EXTREMELY painful and difficult to walk on. I asked her about the boot that the other doctor recommended and she said their expensive. I do not have insurance so it was nice that she was concerned, but she did not say it would not help. She said to try doing this treatment for 10 more days and unless I am surprisingly better come back. I have since left a message for her asking if she understands this is what I have been doing the entire time and asking if the boot would help because that was not clear to me. She only works part time though so I am not sure when I will hear back from her again.

    To explain I get pain in the back of my ankle pretty much at all times. When I try to stand or walk it hurts throughout my ankle and on the bottom of my foot towards the heel but on the outside. It is very hard to move my toes (the second doctor said this was not a concern but I was not sure) and it is painful when I do move them. Not extreme pain but very uncomfortable. The swelling in my foot goes throughout all of it and even around the whole back part of my foot, sometimes even up to the middle of my calf. It swells daily, even if I try to elevate it often, but when I wake up it usually is not swollen. I work from home so I do try to walk as little as possible, but when I do walk it is very difficult. As I explained the the doctors when they move my foot and ankle around for the most part it was not severe pain, but it was uncomfortable and it is very stiff and hard to move on my own. I am not sure what else you need to know, but if anyone has any idea which doctor I should listen to please let me know! I just know I finally went to the doctors and paid so much money because I was wanting to end the pain not be told to do the same then for another week (after 6) then come in to pay another office visit and then "talk about some other things to try" as the second doctor said. I do understand I should have went in right away but I didn't because I didn't want to pay over 0 to be told to heat and take advil l

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      It is very hard to tell exactly what happened to your foot, and it must be frustrating to receive such poor feedback from doctors.
      According to your description it sounds like you hurt the ligaments in your foot - especially around your ankle and that requires treatment and it won't go away easily just with time.

      It is impossible to diagnose a condition but it could be achilles tendinitis involved with this injury.

      If you can give provide answers to these questions I will be able to help some more.

      1) Do you have pain in your heel at all?, if you do where exactly?
      2) Do you have high or low arches?
      3) Does it hurt if you press on it?
      4) Is there any swelling in your achilles tendon?
      5) What kind of shoes you usually wear?

      In the meantime I would suggest normal treatment which involves stretching and icing at least 4 times a day - avoid heat just ice.
      Even though the ice doesn't help at first, it reduces swelling so you should keep applying it, you should also try and avoid walking on your foot completely - use crutches if available.

      Unfortunately this is all you can do at the moment and you really should seek professional help by a podiatrist (specializes in feet) or an orthopedic sports doctor.

      I am really sorry for your pain and frustration ans wish you the best of luck and a quick recovery!

      If you prefer you can write directly to me at itaiw@yahoo.com

  39. QUESTION:
    Help! swelling in the ankle area and slight redness?
    urmm, its not me but my dad actually. Recently he noticed some swelling in his ankle area, followed by some redness(tiny clusters of red dots here and there). He saw his doctor, and they prescribed some strong antibiotics...unfortunately, none of them seemed to bear positive results though.Doctors still trying to diagnose.Mean time, they advised to get some rest, avoid walking as much etc. raise the affected leg, the usual stuff. But, well, no signs of recovery. Any idea what he has? and any known/possible treatment? appreciate your help soo much.thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      He shouldn't be eating a lot of salt. Salt can make your legs swell more.

  40. QUESTION:
    High ankle sprain treatment?
    I sprained my ankle last saturday playing lacrosse, and the doctors diagnosed it as a "high ankle sprain". I had crutches for about two days, but then found I could walk on it on monday. I have been ever since. It is VERY black and blue, but the swelling has gone down significantly. My question is: how can i restore it to full health as quickly as possible? I have another tournament in about 2 and a half weeks.
    I have been icing at least 3 times a day, and taking ibuprofen. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      do different excersizes that will strengthen it once you get better. But make sure you are better before you do them. Like try standing and going up on your toes back and forth, so that you're standing on your toes, then your feet, then your toes then your feet. Just different things that will give it strength again. and wrap it before you play your next tournament.

  41. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle without treatment?
    I have a level 1 sprained ankle (I think). I was running across campus 3 days ago to class and about 30 minutes to an hour later it started really hurting. I kept on walking on it, in denial of any real injury. I can do so with only a slight on and off limp and mild swelling, and didn't do anything about it for 3 days. I can't not walk; I MUST go to school, because I have gallons of homework every night and it would take FOREVER to catch up AND I am applying for a prestigous top of the line school and it doesn't look good to have holes in my grades. So, I hven't done anything but complain about it, and it's been 3 days. What is reccommended at this point other than not walking on it? Would ice still help? Heat? Wrapping? What? Also, my mother is a massage theraphist and doesn't know if massaging it would help or hurt it, so which is it? Oh and my friend stepped really hard on it for a reason I can't remember, I probably said something annoying, and my sister's friend chased me for about 150ft on it. Thanks, guys!And thanks in advance for your help. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Ice will help reduce the swelling. you should apply ice for about 20 min at a time. 20 min on 20 min off. after taking the ice off, wait 10 min the lightly stretch and work your ankle. This is not an overnight remedy, but if will heal in about 4 - 6 days seen as you put off treatment. This will help strengthen and heal your ankle

  42. QUESTION:
    treatment for a broken ankle?
    A few years ago I had a fall from a horse and an xray was taken but only of my big toe bone (there was a swelling there). Several months after the cast came off and lots of pain in my ankle, it is discovered I broke my ankle at the same time but it was not picked up as they did not xray any further. My question is would the treatment been any different if they knew my ankle was also broken. I was in a cast which was very painful around my ankle joint which I now know why.

    • ANSWER:
      Find this unbelievable. That xray was taken of only the big toe. Do let us know where you are so we may keep clear of your local hospital.

  43. QUESTION:
    I think I 've sprained my ankle bad? Its swollen and numb? It hurts when i move it to the right?
    Need home treatment. Does anybody think I need to see a doctor? Or can I treat it from home. My ankle swollen ,blue,gray, and about 3 inches big? Its starting to tingle some.
    Any ideas ?

    • ANSWER:
      From experience - I did my ankle 6 weeks ago and it bruised and went numb and then I got pins and needles in it... GO SEE YOUR DR!

      I ended up with a complete rupture of a ligament which will take months to heal.

      If you really dont want to go to a doctor, ice your ankle with frozen peas (great for compression) for 15 minutes every hour. Elevate it above the level of your heart (while icing and while not icing). Rest it. Wear a compression bandage to squeeze the swelling out and take some iboprofen for pain and swelling.

      Make sure you dont put any heat on it in the first 48hrs as it increases blood flow which means an increase in bruising and swelling.

      But try to see a doctor or go to the hospital!

      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce the swelling on my sprained ankle?
    Hi, I'm a cross country runner. About 2 months back, I sprained my ankle during training (due to uneven surface).
    It was a pretty bad sprain and my ankle was about the size of a golf ball. I went to a doctor, had an xray and he told me to follow RICE treatment for 6 weeks. So I did that and 6 weeks later, its still swollen. So I go back to him and he tells me to just walk (not run) for another 1 month. I asked him if its alright to swim and bike (to stay in shape and not lose endurance) and he says thats perfectly fine. Not its been 2 months and the swelling is still there. Its not as bad as the time I sprained. But theres still a small swelling, its not equal to my other foot. I have no pain in my foot except when I twist it inward. What do I do about this? I'm pretty worried. I'm just 18 and I don't want any permanant injury that would put me off running.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of ankle sprain that is without bruising or swelling?
    what would be the treatment given in the case and how would a doctor know it is a sprain (if it is)
    If there are any doctors that could give me an idea of what treatment i would get by going in to an urgent care clinic (I have no insurance and would like to save the money if i can. I'm worried they will charge me an arm and a leg to tell me what i could have done by myself at home without seeing anyone. what would be the prescription most commonly given,is there a specific brace they would give someone, how long is the normal amount of time to have pain ect.?

    • ANSWER:
      DON'T go to the urgent care unless you are in unbearable pain and cannot walk on the foot in 2-3 days. Chances are that this will settle down on its own. You can help by taking an over the counter NSAID (Aleve, Advil, etc) , placing an ice bag directly on the skin over the area that hurts for 15 mins, and minimize the amount of time on your feet...do all of this for the next couple of days. You should be mostly without pain in 2-3 wks and fully healed in 4-6 wks. A brace that prevents your foot from rolling inward can help but may be unnecessary so I would wait a couple days to see how it is responding.

  46. QUESTION:
    What's the best treatment for rolled ankles?
    I rolled my ankle skateboarding and I was just wondering if it's better to keep it in an ankle brace or move/walk on it and just basically keep it in motion. Doesn't seem to be very serious, no swelling or bruising, mostly just painful.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.hubpages.com/hub/Speed-healing-of-trauma-injuries-through-self-directed-regeneration

  47. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury... Need treatment or just more time to heal?
    4-5 weeks ago I was hanging curtains and lost my footing on the chair I was standing on, I fell backward and hit the front of my ankle on the chair seat as I went down. It hurt a lot, but I iced it and it wasn't immediately swelling. I had and still have full range of motion, and it didn't hurt any worse when I walked. It only hurts more when I sit indian-style with that ankle on the bottom pushing on the floor (my favorite sitting position of course). By the next it developed a NASTY bruise and some swelling. The bruise lasted 3 weeks. The swelling went down to a small bump which is where it hurts to push on it. The bump now comes and goes, it gets bigger if I wear tight socks. I'm concerned that it still hurts there and it's odd that the bump comes and goes... if I go to a doctor can they even do anything? What type of injury do you think it is? It doesn't seem like a sprain or fracture... How long should it take to heal? Thank you for any educated advice you have!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor now. A friend of mine hit her leg on the edge of the bed frame and said nothing about it at the time. She went to the corner store to get a carton of milk and returned home. Told her husband she felt tired and laid down for awhile and never got up.
      Blood clot formed and went to her head and killer her. Do not take any chances.

  48. QUESTION:
    If I broke my ankle about a year and a half ago, should it still be swelling, bruising, and hurting?
    In October of 2009, I broke my ankle in cheer. It was a hairline fracture, I believe. I had a cast for several weeks and then a boot for several weeks. Some rainy days I couldn't wear my boot. When I got the go-ahead from my doctor to not wear the boot, he specifically said that I should not go back to cheer. I should first walk easily, then run easily, then jump easily. Then I could cheer. However, my cheer-nazi mother sent me right back to cheer. I was 16 then, I'm now almost 18. I was a flyer, so I would get dropped and add pressure and damage to my ankle. Now, almost a year and a half later, whenever I stand or walk for too long, etc, my ankle gets some discoloration and swelling. It also causes me pain. Not the achy, uncomfortable pain. Real pain. I keep telling my mother, but she thinks it's normal. So I was hoping someone else could give me a bit of advice here. I'm going to see the doctor soon, but does anyone have any idea what the cause of this could be? And what the possible treatment may be?
    I suppose I should add that it is the inner bone-joint of my ankle. And there was a big bump thatt I believe has disappeared. I know I probably sound stupid, but I amm a. Stupid teenager. Sooo my mom won't listen to me. Haha

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any kind of Alternative Medicine Treatments for swollen ankles?
    I also have an stomach ulcer that causes this.
    Thank you all for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Potassium takes the salt out of your body reducing swelling. Try eating potatoes and bananas in one day.

  50. QUESTION:
    Problem with Ankle & Lower Leg Swelling.?
    Because of an impact injury, I had to have Arthroscopic surgery on my right knee & ankle this past March 13th.

    As 5 months have passed, I'm concerned about the recovery time and issues that I am currently experiencing.

    Daily, I wake up feeling great but usually throughout the day I feel warm, tight, sharp sensations from the knee down & my ankle is still swelling up. By the time I come home from work, my ankle is usually swollen & stiff, every day. Cold water, Ice... These provide instant yet temporary relief. Ankle socks cause a restriction in the circulation but, I'm afraid to compress with a knee high bandage or socks for fear of DVT.

    My surgeon said the swelling will eventually go. I'd like advice. Have you or someone you know had a similar experience? What treatments or remedies do you know of? What time should I allow to expect full pain-free, swelling-free recovery?

    Thanks!

    PS:I am Swimming 3 times per week & I'm not overweight. I eat well & consume very little salt and alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      get an ankle brace.


Ankle Tendinitis

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Like many other foot disorders, including bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas, Achilles tendonitis will get progressively worse and may eventually lead to degeneration of the tendon if not properly diagnosed and treated by a foot care doctor or podiatrist in Boston.

What Are the Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The most common symptom of Achilles tendonitis is pain or stiffness along the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, particularly when walking or exercising. There may be swelling or warmth in the area. Pain may also occur after a period of inactivity or when getting up in the morning and taking those first steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    ankle tendinitis around the ankle? any supplements i can take to help it?
    i have had some swelling, and pulling pain around the inner part of my ankle. it flared up so much making it impossible to walk today. so frustrated. i got it x-rayed (nothing broken) they said i have tendinitis of my ankle. i know about the RICE thing, that doesn't help much, just wondering if there were any exercises or supplements i could take to alleviate this a bit more? thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    How can you differentiate a sprained ankle and tendinitis?
    I screwed up my ankle today during 2-a-days and my trainer determined that I could have tendinitis or an ankle sprain or both. He tapped my ankle up after practice to see if it could support my ankle when I walk. It was to painful for me to walk with the tape so he gave me a boot and he told me to come see him tomorrow morning before practice.

    I have done some research on symptoms for both and they all sound very similar. so how can you differentiate a sprained ankle and tendinitis?

    • ANSWER:
      An ankle sprain is more of an acute injury than tendinitis. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligament, either a stretch or a tear, resulting from twisting or landing on the ankle wrong. It usually results in swelling and bruising, but not always. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. Thus, tendinitis is more of a chronic thing, it happens slower, and will more than likely not just start hurting out like mad of the blue. Usually, it doesn't come on so quick that it hurts to walk.

      The treatment is mostly the same for both. If it's difficult and painful to bear weight, use crutches. Rest is key....no practices until you are symptom free. Ice to reduce inflammation. Compression may also help. You will want to make sure you also have full range of motion and full strength in the ankle before returning to sports. Keep following up with the athletic trainer and if necessary, he will send you to an orthopedic.

  3. QUESTION:
    Treating swelling in an ankle with achilles tendinitis?
    So I managed to sprain my foot, sprain my ankle, and because of that procure achilles tendonitis. I have been treating the sprains with an ace bandage and an air brace per doctor's orders. She also told me to take advil for my tendonitis, but I am not seeing any real changes in swelling. How can I make sure that I don't rupture my achilles? I really want to do everything to get better.

    • ANSWER:
      the standard treatment for a sprain is ice for the first 2 days, to minimize swelling, and heat after that, to promote blood flow, which helps with healing. (way too much experience.)

      can't help with tendinitis, although i doubt it's ruptured.

      the brace is a good idea, to reduce motion and strain.
      what you want is some limited motion, to keep the parts fluid, but not too much, nor much strain to make it worse.

  4. QUESTION:
    can you wear active ankle braces for volleyball if you have or had tendinitis in your ankles?
    i have tendinitis in my left ankle and my doctor gave me a ankle brace that i used for the rest of the season. it didn't help very well and i can feel the same pain again. and for my left ankle, i think i'm getting it in the ankle because it feels the same as it did when i had it before. thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes!
      For sure wear active ankle braces..I know from experience its painful to go without it just one time. It may not make anything feel better, But it wont let it get worse either.

  5. QUESTION:
    What to do for ankle/foot tendinitis?
    I was told I had tendinitis yesterday at urgent care. I needed a walking boot and crutches. I can't rest my leg much because I'm really active. I've had to sit out of volley ball practice and dance practice today, which killed me. My ankle hurts really badly, and it hurts to barely move. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You can rest your leg because that is what you need to do for it to heal. You will have to sit out for a while. Treat it with rest, ice, compressing and elevation, and check here.

      http://www.itendonitis.com/foot-tendonitis.html

  6. QUESTION:
    I am recovering from tendinitis (lateral ankle sprain); is it alright to go skiing?
    I have been planning my skiing trip for quite some time; haven't gone up this season yet. I have also been doing physical therapy and it has improved a lot.
    So, I'm just wondering....
    I will wear support and be careful for sure!
    I can walk and run fine, my therapy is going great and it has healed a bunch bunch.
    I sprained it about 4 months ago! It's practically healed now.

    • ANSWER:
      Harrypotter, there is no such thing as practically healed. Its either healed completely or it isn't. The ankle needs to be 100%. Skiing has great bindings but the ankle still has great stress placed upon it. Having complete healing of the ankle is extremely important. When you can do this you will be able to do any activities that you want. Lay out a very large figure 8. Walk around the 8 and if there is no problems then jog it. Again if there are no problems go up to a 3/4 pace run. If you have no problems go to a full all out run. No problems then shrink the 8 down some. Start that whole process over again. If you can do that without problems then shrink it down again and keep doing that until you have an 8 that is as small as you can go. If you can run that at full speed without as much as a twinge then go skiing or whatever. If on the other hand you cannot complete one of the 8's then you are not ready. If you find that you are not ready and decide to ski anyway there is a good chance that you will get hurt again. This time it could be much worse and with more down time.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you sprain you ankle when you have tendinitis?
    I think I might have. I rolled outwards on my ankle and fell down. It's swollen and sore.

    • ANSWER:
      yes yu can. and yu most likely have. get an ankle brace and go to a doctor. follow the doctors instructions but heres generally what yu do. ice it for 20 minutes every four hours and stay off it. take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce the pain. rest it as much ass possible for the next few days. Feel Beter Soon!!!! :) hope this helped!!

  8. QUESTION:
    Ankle Tendinitis, and some other ankle issues??
    To give you a short history of my ankle injuries, I have sprained my ankle 12 times in the last 7 years. I have had only 3 major sprains and the rest all minor. I run ALL the time. I have completed 3 Boston Marathons. During this last marathon I rolled my ankle and hard during the 16th mile. since then I have been diagnosed with a stress fracture in my foot&moderate to severe tendinitis in my ankle/foot. I have been in a walking boot for about 2 months now. I am still experiencing pain&a good deal of swelling. I am icing and taking nsaids. I am going back to see my doc in a week. Is he going to reccommend cortisone shots? PT? I am not sure where this could go from here but he said he was concerned with the fact it was still swelling&painful. Has anyone else experienced this before? I am very eager to get back on the road but I want to nip this problem before it gets too big. Does anyone have any suggestions for questions I should ask my doctor when I see him?
    Just to add something I should have put there before is that I have been through PT 4 times prior to this. Also when I was in college I was seeing my trainer before and after practices and meets. He did PT with me and everything (my school had all the equipment for PT ultra sound electrode thing, ice baths etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever done PT on your ankle after any of the other sprains?? You really need to do PT b/c is seems like you have chronic ankle instability. You need to strengthen the muscles in your ankle and re-train your balance. Once finished with PT you need to continue with the exercises indefinitely....strength gains are only maintained for 3-4 wks, use it or lose it!

  9. QUESTION:
    Possible Ankle tendinitis? Treatment?? help please?
    Hi i went to the doctor Monday for severe ankle pains. i had a x-ray and then he had me have a MRI on Thursday. I have been having pain in my ankle for about a year or so. the doctor thinks it is tendinitis(Achilles). I am going back this monday. What are the treatment options. How long would i be on crutches or in a boot or something like that?? Thanks
    How do i convince the doctor to let me have crutches i play volleyball and walk about a mile in school each day or so

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  10. QUESTION:
    how to cure tendinitis in the ankle quickly?
    for the past few days i have been having major pain in my ankle. i finally went to our school doc and he said it was tendinitis. he told me some steps to resolve it, but i forgot so i wanted some stretches or exercises to cure my tendinitis and quickly

    i have a track meet on saturday so best answer will get 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      It does not heal quickly. Rehab and therapy can last for months. It can take about 12 weeks to heal, but be aware the injury is caused by repetition and can easily return.

      Poor body mechanics are usually the root cause of such injuries.

  11. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle, foot, and achilles tendinitis?
    I was diagnosed with a sprained ankle, sprained foot, and achilles tendinitis on Monday. I have been wearing an Aircast and wrapping to foot to reduce the swelling. I am already feeling slightly better and I was wondering if I was healing already or if maybe I have just gotten used to the pain? I don't plan on taking the brace off anytime soon, but when can I stop wrapping my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably the swelling has gone done some hence the better feeling. Do not unwrap or go without the brace for at least 6 weeks. Muscles, ligaments and tendons take a long time to heal. Give your body the chance to heal right.

  12. QUESTION:
    chronic ankle tendinitis or something else?
    i have Achilles tendinitis. a few months ago my doctor told me i had a little bit. but now i think it is now chronic/advanced tendinitis. the outside of my ankle hurts at night so bad sometimes that i cant even sleep, i wear a brace all day and just walking through school and PE my ankle still hurts bad. in the morning it is sore. i play volleyball and now my knee is starting to ache when i land from jumping. there is hardly any time that my ankle doesn't have any pain. it is not swollen though.
    What do you think it is? What do you think the treatment would be? Would it be a boot/crutches? How can I convince my doctor to prescribe me crutches?
    i play volleyball everyday
    i wear shoe inserts for support

    • ANSWER:
      U can buy crutches without a prescription. Go to a medical supply store. Your body is telling to rest from all the sports. Advil might help with the pain.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do deal with ankle tendinitis?
    I have had ankle tendinitis in the lower back of my ankle due to excessive running and playing basketball. I had this problem for almost 3 years. There is also a bump on top of where my tendinitis occurs.

    I just want to know what can i do to get rid of the tendinitis for good? because it goes away for a while then it comes back.

    Also, what are the long term effects of having tendinitis?
    It is not that painful. Its just an irritating burning sensation that is going on in my tendon. Yes. I am getting insurance pretty soon and i will have my family doctor to refer me to a foot doctor. Thank You guys. I will wait a little longer for more answers then i will put this question to vote.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been seeing a sports medicine doctor? It'd be a great idea to see one. I have knee problems and I wasn't getting anywhere with regular family docs.... I was finally diagnosed correctly and treated once I visited a sports medicine doc. If you can see an physical therapist and/or a athletic trainer, do so regularly.

      When your ankle bothers you... RICE it.

      Rest - take it easy when it hurts and avoid walking on it.
      Ice - ice it in 15 min. intervals
      Compression - use ace bandages
      Elevation - elevate your ankle above the level of your heart.

      I would highly suggest having your ankle taped before you participate in any sports. See if you can have an athletic trainer or coach do this for you... it's very difficult to do it properly to yourself. You may also want to take some aspirin or ibuprofen if it hurts.

      You're more likely to rupture your tendon if you have tendinitis, and you may have permanent damage. To prevent these complications it's important to have your ankle checked out regularly and critical that when it hurts you RICE it. If you take good care of your ankle your symptoms may subside and never return.

      Good luck! Hope it feels better.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have tendinitis in one of my ankle, and I am trying to find a good wrap or support to put on it.?
    Does anyone know of one that it good, or that would help support that ankle. I have a job where I am on my feet for 10 hours.

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  15. QUESTION:
    how can I make my ankle tendinitis go away?
    I have been in pain from tendinitis in my ankle for the last 4 months, and I just cannot seem to make it better. I am only 18 and my foot doctor says that it is extremly rare for a person under 40 to get it like me. He said I got it because I have flat feet. My ankle was really swollen for the first month, but that is so far the only thing that has improved. I've been to physio, and it did nothing. I've put ice and heat on it and it did nothing. I have been wearing an aircast walker (its a big bulky strap on cast that goes to like my knee if you didnt know) for that last 6 weeks,and the pain has not improved. It is sooo annoying always being in pain, i even had to quit my job because of it because i couldn't stand for my 8 hour shifts! Anyone have any suggestions on how to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      I am 53 and mine comes and goes once in awhile.
      The way I treat it is by massage and pressure point.
      I haven't had a problem now for about 2 years.
      I massaged it any chance I got when I was sitting down.

  16. QUESTION:
    How long does it take tendinitis to heal in my ankle?
    its been a week now and I have to go back to work

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  17. QUESTION:
    What to do for ankle tendinitis?

    • ANSWER:
      Suggested U going to the hospital for a detailed examination. Positive self-health care, and do some exercises such as swimming, cycling and other sports. Avoid incorrect posture and harmful joint actions, such as mountain climbing, his desk for a long time, and so on. Protect joints!

  18. QUESTION:
    Anyone here have tendinitis of the ankle?
    I have it on my right foot. My doctor put me in a cast for 10 days. I was wondering if anyone else has been threw this? Will the cast fix the problem? He gave me some shots, that only helped for a short amount of time.

    • ANSWER:
      i have had tendinitis in both my ankles, knees, and wrists. and its not fun as im sure you know. The cast usually will help the problem because it keeps you form moving it causing more damage. some cases can be worse then others and require more treatment or surgery but thats only in extreem cases.

  19. QUESTION:
    can i stretch my hamstring by touching my toes if i have ankle tendonitis?
    can i stretch my hamstring by touching my toes if i have ankle tendonitis?

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  20. QUESTION:
    can you play basketball with ankle tendinitis?

    • ANSWER:
      you can do shootarounds, i wouldnt run on it though.

  21. QUESTION:
    Treatment for sprained ankle and tendinitis not working?
    Over a year ago, my left ankle started hurting. I have no idea what has caused it. I went to the Dr for it 12 months ago. He said I wasnt limping, I was fine. He gave me meds for tendinitis and I never went back to him due to the way I was treated. Now my ankle is killing me. I can walk with tolerant pain,
    When I move my left foot down and inward, the ankle hurts so bad and sends a sharp pain towards my toes. even something as minor as the blanket being pulled over my foot the wrong way makes me want to cry.

    Ive done the rice treatment- no help, Ive tried an ace bandage and an ankle brace- no help because i can still move my ankle

    Im seriously at my wits end over this. I hate to go back to the Dr only to be called a faker. Does anyone else have any suggestions please?
    Seeing a different Dr would be fine, but would they need the records from the Dr I already went to?

    • ANSWER:
      can you see a different doctor? that would be my first place to start.

      i'm not positive, but i really don't think they'd need the records. you can just tell them that you went to see someone else and they gave less than stellar treatment and you want a second opinion.

  22. QUESTION:
    Would I need a cast for a third degree ankle sprain and tendonitis?
    I'm pretty sure I have a third degree ankle sprain from gym. But I know I have tendinitis (I've had it before) I was wondering if anyone knew if they would put me in a cast for that or a boot?

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  23. QUESTION:
    How could i get tendinitis in my ankle. what tests will they do and treatment?
    dont wanna just wanna know for a project thankss

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  24. QUESTION:
    can tendinitis heal if i continue to play basketball on it?
    It is my senior year in high school and I want to continue to play basketball without missing a game, what should i do to reduce pain in my ankle tendinitis and will it heal if i keep playing

    • ANSWER:
      of course not , the more u play the worse it will get , the only way for it to get better is for u not to use it , meaning not play

  25. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for ankle tendonitis to recover?
    It is my senior year in high school and i really want to play through the pain, is it safe to do this and how long will it take recover if i play through it or if i dont

    • ANSWER:
      the recovery time cannot be exactly stated over the internet, you'd have to have a doctor check it out and see. However there are certain measures you can take to ensure that it heals faster. Not sure of your situation, what treatment has already been done to it or anything, but:

      things that reduce swelling of the ankle:
      --apply a compression bandage such as an ace wrap. Go from the toe end of the foot to just above the ankle. This will help to reduce the swelling. Make sure it is not too tight that it cuts off blood flow.
      --ice it for 15-20 minutes every hour or so
      --elevate it above the level of your heart. Lay in bed with the ankle propped up on a few pillows or something.
      --rest it as much as you can
      --take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen

      Also, by "play" I assume you mean sports, right? Be sure that your coach is aware of the situation. Most likely your ankle will have reduced in swelling but may still be a little weaker than it was before and so more susceptible to injury

  26. QUESTION:
    Could tendinitis in ankle, cause me such pain that, I cant walk?
    I did not fall, trip or injure it in anyway. I can hardly put any weight on right foot. I did go to urgent care last night, the suggested ice, rest and to wrap it. It is not better but worse...should I go to e.r.?
    It was xrayed

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  27. QUESTION:
    tendinitis in the ankle?
    I found out i have tendinitis in my ankle and my doctor told me to put heat on it and to take ibreprophen, but I have been reading that I should ice it. Should I put heat on it then ice it?

    the tendinitis is in my left ankle and if i cross my right leg over my left when I'm sitting down it hurts it even more is the tendon go all the way up my left let so when i put my right leg over my thigh does it do something to make it hurt like that?

    3 hours ago

    • ANSWER:
      I say no ice like the doctor advised because the ice will tighten the tendon. You want the tendon loose so you can stretch it and end your suffering.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is pain in my ankles that spread up to my knees tendinitis?
    Had pain in ankles. Someone said tendinitis. Been playing a lot of basketball and softball. Now there's pain in knees, especially after physical activity. Would this be tendinitis?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.itendonitis.com/ankle-tendonitis.html

  29. QUESTION:
    tendinitis in my ankle?!?
    okayy i am doing cross country and i got tendinitis in my ankle. i want it to get better ASAP! i have a meet thursday i do not want to miss and i would like to miss as little practice possible

    what can i do other than ice it & rest?

    thankkyouuu! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Massage it gently and to hot and cold therapy. Run hot bath water and have a bucket of cold water and switch it every five minutes. do this four or five times, and end with the ice.

      Frozen paper cup massages also work. Just freeze a paper cup of water, peel the cup back, and rub it on.

      capzasin cream will make it feel better while you are running on it.

      Take anti-inflammatory drugs like advil or aleve.

      Elevate it at night by putting your leg up on a pillow

      Sometimes i notice when i do a lot of distance running my ankles flap loose and neutral and since they are not tensed they tend to jiggle and get sore. calf raises will make sure your muscles are supporting the correct flexion of your ankle.

      Really, though it wont heal up overnight. It will probably nag you as you try to run on it for a while.

      light taping goes a long way toward takign stress off of ankles. Mine are taped right now because i was running in the woods on uneven ground.

      Hope they feel better for ya.

  30. QUESTION:
    Tendinitis of the Ankle/slipped on sidewalk??
    Can a person get tendinitis of the ankle if he/she slips on a sidewalk? I slipped on the sidewalk in medium heels 3 months ago, but my ankle was never swollen. However, I still have a small amount of pain in my left ankle, esp. if I stand on it for over 3 hours. I'm 30 yrs old and female. I have to stay on my feet for 8 hours at work; is this ok for my ankle or am I doing more harm than good? Will the pain go away completely over time?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be tendinitis. I had it so bad in my heel and it took over a year to fully go away. It can be pretty painful. Nothing much they do for it. Try to ice the area at night before going to bed and before going to work. Using deep heat rubs help and so does heat in general. You may want to wear a double sock on that foot until it heals. No one is gonna care,.

  31. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain/tendinitis help?
    please help me out here!!

    my first sprain was about 1 year ago, it was around a grade 2 sprain maybe a little more, i was on crutches for a week then off and walking with a limp then getting better and better then after around 3 months and 1 month of therapy i felt 100 percent, no soreness,tightness,gained full mobility, no pain, could cut 100 percent, jump run, sprint and everything(this was in fall) spring came by and it was club season i felt great and mid way through the season i didn't twist it but i hurt it by shuffling backwards in a game (have no idea how it happened even had a brace on) ok so could barely walked and missed that game i expected it to be very mild cuz i didnt twist it but it didnt get even close to 100 percent. by the way i heard/felt a POP in the when i hurt it shuffling sideways. long story short i played throught the pain for the rest of the season and tweaked my ankle almost every game, scored a pretty sweet goal somehow the last game top corner from outside the box. ok so the fall season is coming up and i was feeling preety good but not 100 percent mid way through the season i sprain it again pretty easily because it was weak. played though the pain the athletic trainer pretty much called me a pussy because my ankle was so unstable that i got hit in the calf and my ankle shook a little and i was limping again barely being able to walk and got steeped on and was limping again k. so i played the rest of the season missing one game and tweaked it almost every practice. k now it has been 3 months after and i can walk w/o pain but its like achy and sore, i've been to PT and ankle seem to get better but then when we tryed to do allitle more it flares up/ swells and we cant do anything else, my doc sent me another month it hasnt started yet but idk what else there is to do in PT and it was decent last week but now its swollen again.

    question what else is there to do??? a walking boot???? surgery???:( how well will the ankle heal after surgery???? any experience with it??? athroscopy surgery????
    one more thing, i got an mri and the doc said i had fluid on the inside outside and back/achilles of ankle and that there were no ruptured ligaments but there were previouly damaged ligaments so no surgery will be required but why isnt it healing then???

    please help!1

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  32. QUESTION:
    Should I work out while my tendinitis is flaring up?
    I've got tendinitis in my ankle, and it's really bad right now. Should I skip working out for a couple of days, or am I OK if I just ice it a lot and use a brace?

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  33. QUESTION:
    Tendinitis in my ankles are there home remedies?
    My left ankle gives me some pain and stiffness off and on. I would like to treat it without any medicines. Any home/ old wives fixes for this or do I just go to my primary care dr?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have achilles tendonitis which can be extremely painful.

      Some ways to help is to stretch the tendon but not too much, try not to walk on it or do any physical exerting excersises because that would just worsen your condition.

      Massaging the tendon also helps relax it.

      Apply heat or cold to the tendon eg. ice pack, hot towel, which ever feels more comfortable to you, it doesn't really matter.

      If it doesn't start to get better, go to a doctor or a therapist.

  34. QUESTION:
    What kind of shoes provide ankle support?
    I have tendinitis in my ankle and I need to get shoes that have a cushioned or supported ankle. I was thinking either Birkenstocks or Rainbows...do you think those would work?

    • ANSWER:
      Go with the Birkenstocks. They're supposed to be really comfortable. and they look great on women.

  35. QUESTION:
    do i need crutches for ankle tendonitis?
    My ankles inflamed and has been sore for several weeks particulaly after standing or running about on it for a long time. How do dostors normally treat this and would they put you on crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      They would give you anti-inflammatory drugs and no crutches.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is (1)minimal effusion in ankle joint? (2)minimal posterior tibial tendinitis?

    • ANSWER:
      you have slight swelling in your ankle and the tendon in this diagram (your posterior tibial tendon) is slightly inflamed.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I fix my posterior tibial tendinitis?
    About 15 months ago I was told I have tendinitis in my left ankle. We have been treating it conservatively (braces, shoe inserts, therapy, etc.) for over a year now and I still have constant pain. Whats next? Is there anything besides surgery that I can try? I am only 15 and I dont want this to be something I have to deal with for the rest of my life.

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (orthopedic surgeon), for consultation. Posterior Tibial shin splints. This condition will usually respond to a week of rest during which the area of tenderness is iced twice a day for 20 minutes. Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen with every meal may also help. When the pain is gone, stretch the posterior tibial muscle using the exercises described for Achilles tendinitis. If you have flat feet, consider getting an arch support (orthotic) for your athletic shoe. Don't begin running again for another two to four weeks, and then only at half speed and with a gradual increase in speed and distance.

      Tibial Periostitis. This is treated in the same way as posterior tibial shin splints, except that your gradual return to sports can begin after a week of rest; acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen; and ice therapy. Athletic shoes with good shock absorption, especially in the heel, are very important.
      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    i have tendinitis in my right ankle. My ankle swells daily and it prevents me from walking excersing i need he?

    • ANSWER:
      ice really helps that after exercising, but you have to continue it for a long time, also see your doctor to see if there is any other remedies available, a shot of cortisone can be given for that

  39. QUESTION:
    How can you tell that you have a torn ligament in you're ankle?
    I do gymnastics, and i hurt my ankle. Now, I do have tendinitis but my nurse said it may be worse like I might have a torn ankle!

    • ANSWER:
      A sprain ankle means that you have at least overstretched the ligaments and probably tore a few fibers. However, if your ankle did not swell tremendously and discolor with bruising, the injury is probably minor and will heal with ice/heat/stretching, Advil/Tylenol, rest and time. If it does not get better with those simple measures your doctor can decide about therapy, splinting, x-rays, injections, MRIs and other intervention. Although an MRI is the definitive test, people would not try to get them so often if they had to pay cash for them; they are very expensive.

  40. QUESTION:
    Anyone have tendinitis in the ankle???
    If so will it ever go away. I'm in a cast for 10 days. My doctor hope resting my ankle will help. The pain is the worst part. Will losing weight help? I need all the info I can get. Please.

    • ANSWER:
      taking time off is the only way to get a full recovery. if you start too soon the tendon will never get a chance to get to recover to full strength. losing weight might help in some cases because the extra weight might be putting extra stress on the tendon causing it to flare up. that however is only with sever overweight. normally tendinitis is cause by too much running and just general over use. doing pain free stretching and ice it. ice is very important because ice is a constrictor and decreases sensation. vasoconstriction will lessen the blood flow to the inflammation.

      rest is best

  41. QUESTION:
    I have a question about tendinitis on the both sides of my ankle on my write foot?
    what if it dont get any better even though your on influmation medication for a few months would it then require sugery or shot or what whats do you think about that.

    • ANSWER:
      In general the treatment for severe tendonitis is rest and corticosteroid injections. Surgery is in general for other problems like recurrent dislocations. I hope it will work in your case and I sure hope it will not impede your writing.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have bone spurs in my ankle and just found out I have tendinitis in the same ankle .What do I do now?

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to the orthopedic surgeon to
      A. get a cortisone shot
      B. take a medrol dose pack
      C. get some exercises from PT
      D. Ice and rest, along with antiinflammatories.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it alright to ski if i am overcoming tibialis anterior tendonitis and just sprained my ankle today?
    i may have had a stress fracture in september and was later told i have tibialis anterior tendonitis that kept me from being allowed to run since august. im in the process of getting orthotics to get back to running fully again but im lightly running until the shipment comes in. today i hurt my ankle running and im icing it like crazy. i want to ski sooo badly this week but is that a bad idea?

    • ANSWER:
      not smart.I would not ski as you may create a life long injury. I know it is hard to not be active, but be smart. Do you really want to have a life long injury. Let it heal. What would your doctor advise?

  44. QUESTION:
    Do I have tendinitis in my ankle or somethig?!?!?
    sooo on Tuesday we had our first track meet..and I was walking over to get my bag and I tripped over something and rolled my ankle...it didn't really hurt that bad at first but by the time the end of the meet it hurt really bad..it's my right ankle and it jets like in the heel area and up more and on the inside..whenever I move my ankle it hurts really bad in the back..and is like a sharp pain kinda..what do u think is wrong wit my ankle? I had track practice today and it hurt alot snd all day long..should I do practice tomorrow or what? 10 points wit the person wit the best answer!!! Btwi kinda have bruising on the inside of my ankle

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  45. QUESTION:
    About tendinitis in the ankle?
    When I toch a certain spot I have like eleticity running doen my foot and it hurts to touch that same spot. When I walk it hurts and once in a great while it will make like a craking noise. I see the dr. on monday but I thought I might want to get some more info.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The cracking is natural, i have it too. Relax, you are kay

  46. QUESTION:
    When I go running I get pain in my inner knee and inner ankle, Is this tendonitis?
    Can it be corrected with proper shoes, do I need to change my running style. How do I treat this condition?

    I think my feet roll inwards.

    • ANSWER:
      The places you describe do have tendons -so it is possible...especially since you say you foot rolls inward. Try orthotics or stretches before and after running.

  47. QUESTION:
    I have tendonitis in my right ankle. How long of a heal?
    In May I got diagnosed with tendonitis in my right ankle. It's always hurting and I have to go to physcial therapy for it. Will the pain ever go away? If so how long?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it will eventually go away. My friend got it during the school year and got casts for both of her legs because of it. She had it for a few weeks then once she got them off she still had a little bit of pain while walking but it went away in a few days.

  48. QUESTION:
    what are ways to fake tendonitis/tendinitis????No judgments or comments just answer (in the ankle btw)?

    ok obviously i cant just limp. the doc will know. is there a way to make tendons swell if i just hit my tendon for like 10 mins straigt with somethin will that do i maybee?

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  49. QUESTION:
    What doctor do you see for possible Achilles tendinitis?
    I've been having pain in my ankle when going up into pointe in my dance classes and my dance teacher says it possibly tendinitis. What doctor do you go to to check that out?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say just go to your regular doctor and have them take a look, and then they'll transfer you to another doctor if you need it. doctors tend to know a lot of medical stuff even if they aren't doctoring in that area.

  50. QUESTION:
    Anyone who has had tendinitis of their ankles?
    How long did it take to heal? Did you stay off your ankles completely? Do you have any tips or tricks to help me heal faster? Anything else you think I should know?

    I already went to the doctor but he wasn't too helpful just gave me Naproxen and told me to stay off it.

    • ANSWER:
      My father had a similar injury, and his took nearly 8 weeks to heal enough so that he could walk comfortably. He is still experiencing occasional pain 8 years later.

      Tendinitis by it's very name means that you have an inflammation. The Naproxen will help, but because you are dealing with inflamation, the healing process is slow. In order to handle discomfort now, follow the R.I.C.E. method.

      R = rest
      I = Ice
      C = Compression
      E = Elevation

      You should rest your leg in an elevated position as much as possible, but if that isn't the most convenient, a compression bandage such as an over the counter ace bandage should provide some relief and support. The air brace will provide additional support, and will protect your ankle from twisting or other inopportune movements.
      The ice will really only help reduce swelling for the first few days, however it can help with pain.


Ankle Swelling No Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain swelling gone overnight what?
    Yesterday my ankle rolled over playing football it hurt and still hurts like a sprained ankle but there i no swelling so what is wrong with my ankle and should I bandage it

    • ANSWER:
      Wrapping/bandaging a sprain isn't to help with the swelling -it does help, but thats not why it's done. When you sprain your ankle, you've slightly torn or badly stretched a ligament or tendon, and weakened it. you bandage your ankle for extra support until your ankle can support itself properly again without pain.

      just keep icing it and putting it up when you're not busy, and it will help with any inner swelling and to make it feel better.

      if the pain doesn't subside in a few days, see a dr, as you might've hurt it more seriously.

  2. QUESTION:
    Ankle Pain, Swelling...?
    Ok i had a slight tear in my ankle ligaments about 13 months ago was told by the doctor to stay off it for a while and no running or playing football (soccer) for at least 8 weeks, ok that didnt happen i was playing again after 2 weeks, big mistake was in so much pain after, but i continued to do it, before matches i would look at my ankle and you could easily see the swelling it was still big, but i still played and after every match i iced it to get some swelling down, so after a while i decided i have to stop playing so i did swelling went away...

    ok so i gave up playing football 4 or 5 times a week until once a week in a 6 aside league, which is on astroturf, never really had a problem with that, but last 3 months after every match my ankle swelled up really bad, so i stopped playing for a while and yet again it all went away, but last 3 weeks i havnt even kickd a football and my ankle has swollen out again whats wrong with it ?

    have i done long term damage by not listening to doctor and continued to play football?

    • ANSWER:
      best bet is to get an MRI, to see if your did any long term damage to the tendon's you might have done so since the ligaments/tendons might have not fully healed and you might of torn something else that was helping to keep stababilty. so get it checked out. let him know that you kept playing on it, other then that keep icing RICE Rest, ICE, Compressions, Elevation.

  3. QUESTION:
    Rolled ankle, extreme pain, no swelling till 1 week later?
    I rolled my ankle outward 3 weeks ago into a bison footprint while cross-country skiing. I heard a pop and was in so much pain I could no longer hear properly and became nauseous - had to sit down for a good 10 min (iced it in the snow in the mean time) before I recovered. I was able to walk on it and only had slight pain and no swelling at all - it became more painful a few hours later, but still no swelling. Pain was always there, round about the superior peroneal retinaculum / calcaneofibular area, but only when I flexed, stretched or rotated my foot - and no swelling until a week later, the day after I did several hours of steep hiking. Another two weeks since then and that area is still swollen, just slightly, same pain and now tightness.

    At first I just though it was a mild sprain since there was no bruising or swelling, but I'm becoming concerned since it is still swollen and hurting the same 3 weeks later - is this common in ankle sprains that take a while to heal or does this sound like something I should get looked at?

    • ANSWER:
      Just asked my wife about your situation, she's an ARNP. She said that sprains don't typically elicit a "pop" and that if you're three weeks out from the initial injury and still experiencing swelling and pain, you should get in for an x-ray right away.

      Good luck to you.

  4. QUESTION:
    Cause of knee,ankle and feet swelling with pain and stiffness?
    I have had blood tests taken and DO NOT have sugar,no kidney or heart problems and no rheumatoid arthritis,lupus or lyme disease.So what else is there that can be causing these symptoms?Left foot and ankle swells more than the right one.Swelling goes down at night after sleeping,but pain and stiffness when
    i get up.My knees are painful,too.

    • ANSWER:
      There is not one test for most of these conditions. Your doctor needs to go by your symptoms and blood tests. You need to find a doctor who will take you seriously. Take photos of all your swollen joints.

      Ignore the idiot who keeps posting about avoiding sugar.

      ...

  5. QUESTION:
    I have had ankle pain for 3 and 1/2 months now and I have no mechanism of injury?
    I have broke my ankle twice before. Mild swelling with activity. My pain is on the anterior side of my ankle in front of my lateral maleolus. Dr. thought it to be a retinaculum tear but if truly a retinaculum tear there would most likely be more swelling and pain. I have done PT for 3 weeks and not much improvement. Any ideas or suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Fell in a hole. Ankle Pain. No swelling. Should i get it looked at?
    I fell in a two foot ditch/hole type thing on Halloween. I woke up the next morning and my ankle was hurting and it has been hurting ever since. There's no swelling, but it really hurts and i have to limp on it. Should i get it looked at?

    • ANSWER:
      nope. you're fine. ice where it hurts 20 mins out of every hour, and take motrin/advil or something for the pain. it should go away in a day or two. try and stay off of it. but theres NO reason to get it checked.

  7. QUESTION:
    Pain and swelling on top of my foot and outside of ankle?
    I have extreme pain in my left ankle and swelling on the top of my foot and ankle. It is painful to the touch. The pain started a few days ago with no injury at all. It just started swelling up along with having the pain today. The joint is stiff and it is extremely painful to walk on. There is no bruising and no apparent reason I should even be having a problem at all. What does this sound like it might be?
    I cannot even walk on it today. The pain is way too bad. Even just sitting has become painful, because it hurts all the time now.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you might have an infection of some sort. Your body will not create swelling (edema) for nothing. Also, there would be no pain for nothing. It would probably be a good idea for you to visit your local emergency room, where they will be able to take a look at you and order some blood tests that might be able to determine what is going on with you. Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Sudden ankle pain, no swelling at all...?
    My father woke up with bad pain in his right ankle this morning. He did not fall or get injured. Any ideas on what it could be?
    He's only 47 so I doubt it could be arthritis. There is no swelling at all, and he's been limping for the entire day, please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you see an orthopedic specialist and have them do a diagnostic test. That way your condition can be properly diagnosed and a proper treatment plan can be developed.

      Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    ankle pain and swelling?
    5 months ago i felt down the stairs and hurt my right ankle, i had it iced and added some cream right after the fall. i had no swelling or bruising the same day but the next it was swollen. i waited for a week then went to a doctor who indirectly said to my father that i was faking...(he didn't do an x-rays or asked questions of any type)
    i stopped doing sports for a month.
    4 months ago i went back to sports and experienced awful pain... i couldn't do anything since i have no excuse to stay away from it.
    i now have pain in my ankle (sometimes to my knee) and it swells when walk/run a lot. and when i walk fast i can hear popping sound with every step. I can even feel that my whole leg is a bit weak :(
    Any ideas?
    any answer is appreciated =))
    the problem is that my father have been told that i was faking so basically opening the same subject with him would be useless XD

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you've got a bad sprained ankle, I had one before xmas and my ankle is just about right now, but you need to rest it, ice it, put a compression bandage on it and elevate it to take down the swelling. And go to a different doctor. I actually went to the hospital to have mine diagnosed because my doctor didn't do anything. If you keep on it you'll do irreversible damage.

      * If you're trying to use it as normal you might be "rolling" it again (i.e spraining it again, and again) so take it easy, and get a support bandage on it!

  10. QUESTION:
    ankle pain.. no swelling?
    My ankle has been hurting off and on for a few months now. It hurts more when i run or jump and a few hours after practice. A few days ago i tripped and fell down some stairs, now my ankle hurts nonstop. it isn't swollen or bruised, but it really hurts.
    Any suggestions to help the pain, or ideas of what might be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Just because it isn't swelling doesn't mean something isn't wrong with it. A few years ago I dislocated my knee cap and tore cartilage in it and it should have been like twice its normal size, but it never became swollen, even after surgery it was barley any bigger. I would try pain medicine to see if you just twisted it a little wrong and try putting a little pressure on it, but if it doesn't feel better soon I would go see a doctor and get it checked out.

  11. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain and swelling...?
    I had surgery back in march and was in a no weight bearing cast almost 11 weeks now that im putting weight and pressure on it.. it tends to hurt and swell up. what can I do to get rid of the swelling and ease the pain??

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest you can find information about it anywhere on the internet if you search for it but ask your doctor if you have one. But im on my 4 month on a broken ankle and i had reconstructive surgery. Iam walking now but limping. The doctor did tell me you are going to see swelling and bruising plus pain. You have worked your leg and everything that consist in your leg however long you have been off of it. My doctor said the swelling can last up to 6 months but i would be ok its signs of healing. Trust me i know how you feel its scary to even think there might be something wrong again right? I just went to the doctor today and i have a small surgery the beginning of July to get a screw removed. Take it easy and take or your ankle.....

  12. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain. No swelling but very painful?
    I've had an on off pain in my ankle for a few months now. It seems to just get sore after I finish work. I work as a waitress so it's fairly physically demanding.

    The past 2 days though it seems to be constant and since I got home tonight it has been so bad I can't put weight on it anymore. The pain is just below the ankle bone and feels (if this makes sense) as if it's really deep under the skin. It hurts the most when I bend my foot to the side, raise my toes or move my foot up but it's not so bad when my toes are pointed.

    does this sound like a tendon or muscle. It's not swollen so I know it's not too bad, I just want to know if I should bandage it up for work tomorrow. Also is it better to put ice or something warm on it?

    • ANSWER:
      dont assume that because it hasnt swollen up that its not bad! i would go and see your GP or go to minor injuries. you should get it looked at immediately to prevent causing yourself further damage! good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    Hurt my ankle.. pain.. no swelling..?
    So I was stupid and a friend was pushing me in a shopping cart. Needless to say we hit a huge crack and fell over landing mostly on my head but i hit my ankle and my elbow. Everything felt fine when I got up, but the next morning (this morning) my ankle started to hurt. I believe I specifically hit the golf ball like bone on the outer side of my left ankle.. I believe it's called the fibula? Pretty painful where I'd wanted to limp today but have always babied my pains before and most doctors told me I'm just screwing things up more by not walking on it so just decided to walk. Then was wondering if maybe I chipped it?? It's painful, but I can walk on it. I've iced it today, but there is no swelling. The only thing that I just noticed is there is a slight bruise to the side of that bone leading to the back of my leg. This is not where it hurts though. Should I wrap it in ace bandage or a brace? Do I need to stay off it all together? Unfortunately I don't have health insurance. I know this sounds bad, but the best help I can get from here the better. I've had too many injuries before and without insurance I really can't afford another doctor visit.I hope someone can tell me what they think I did. Any advice on what to do? Any help is SO greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      well i have bad ankles. ( i twist them all the time) what i do is i ice it. get a hot and cold pack and place it on the ankle. take ibprofin if it is really hurting, but take it right b4 or after u eat. stay off of it. and get a brace or wrap it ur self whatever u like better.:) from like walmart or something. hope i helped

  14. QUESTION:
    Ankle Pain... No swelling... Gymnast/Cheerleader?
    it only hurts when I tumble and sometimes when I do jumps during cheerleading. It hurts a little when I flex my foot. no swelling or bruising.
    what could be wrong?
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a minor grade 1 ankle strain or contusion. I recommend you see a orthopedic medical specialist for your condition and have them perform a diagnostic test. That way, you can find out the nature & extent of the problem and a treatment plan can be formed.

      Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    ankle pain.. no swelling.. what's wrong?
    i landed short on a tumbling pass one day and it started hurting really bad... it starts hurting once i tumble or run or jump again, but it gets better after wards.. any suggestions or answers?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like joints of your ankle got misaligned during tumbling. When joint does not articulate properly during the load it will cause the pain. Your local D.C. will be able to fix it.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have left ankle pain and a little swelling with a red patch, no real trauma.?
    I am over 40, working out a lot, about 6 to 7 hours per week. I did a lot of squats the morning prior to 'pulling up' lame, but it did not hurt immediately, in fact,not until that evening. The doctor did an x-ray and shows OLD trauma but nothing new. He felt it was a sprain. I stayed off it for the weekend, elevated it and iced it. The second day it hurt so bad that I had to use crutches to get to the bathroom, gradually the pain and slight swelling subsided, but there still is a red patch on the left side of my ankle/foot. It feels like nothing happend to it after four days. Isn't that odd? This kind of thing hapend to me before, with the same ankle, it swelled up, hurt like the devil and stopped, in a few days without any preciptating trauma. Once when I was 19 and then after when I was in the late stage of my last pregnancy at 37. Weird, glad it is over.....

    • ANSWER:
      You just sprained it and are over using it. Working out 6 to 7 hours a week is a bit to much you need to cut it down to about 5 hours and no more than an hour a day. You are just putting to much strain on it. Take a couple of weeks off to let it heal up well and then start back again but slower than you have been.

  17. QUESTION:
    ankle pain but no swelling after dance class?
    I had tap class last night and my ankle popped with pain. rotated it and shook it off (happens a lot... weak ankles) but then when we ran the dance again, there was intense pain in my ankle and leg. iced it last night and it only hurt when i moved a lot.

    this morning it hurts all the time. no swelling or bruising but a lot of pain.

    should i go to a doc or hospital? is it just a sprain?
    but i can walk on it?! hurts a lot tho when i do

    • ANSWER:
      if it were sprained it would be swollen... you need x ray as you could have a stress fracture

  18. QUESTION:
    my right ankle has become very red around the outside ankle bone and there is swelling & pain to touch or stan?
    My right Ankle around the outside Ankle bone and behind ankle area has become red(mostly on outside Ankle bone area..It is swollen and painful if you were to press on this area or even touch to hard there is pain, not to mention I am having a very hard time standing on this Ankle..I have no clue as to Why, or What is going on.. please Help Educate me.. There is also some burning ..Thank-you Victoria

    • ANSWER:
      There are numerous things that could be going on, from a bruised bone to a bone spur. This is something you should get checked. Check these sites for information about the possible causes of ankle pain.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/ankle_pain_and_tendinitis/article.htm
      http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/tarsal-tunnel-syndrome.htm
      http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/anklesprain.htm
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/bone-spur/bone-spur-ankle.htm

  19. QUESTION:
    Just recovering from sprained ankle,no swelling,no pain,easy to walk again.?
    Would a gentle 3k jog be permissible?

    • ANSWER:
      i would be willing to act as your personal trainer on your first excursion.

      that way if anything goes wrong i could administer first aid and suggest alternative forms of 'exercise'.

  20. QUESTION:
    Ankle Pain, however no swelling?
    Okay so today after walking all day and then going for a 4 and a half mile walk I noticed that I was experiencing minor ankle pain. It wasn't anything major and it was easy to just brush it off. I drove to the store and experience no pain until I started to walk again and entered the store. It started to become sharper and sharper. I decided to be cautious and bought an ankle brace just in case. After getting home and taking off my shoes and putting it on and trying to walk a bit I noticed that it only got worse.

    As of now I cannot, repeat CANNOT, walk on it properly. When I do walk I have to limp and I also have to walk on the balls of the foot that hurts.

    I was just curious to if it was a sprain and what I can do to help with the pain.

    Some extra information is I am
    -very active female
    -exercise daily (elliptical or running)
    -16
    -Flat footed
    -no swelling or bruising
    -no external pain

    To describe the pain to you guys..
    well If you've ever had a cramp in your leg or foot that's what its like after the sharp pain comes in. It seems to stay for awhile and then goes away. It's very difficult now for me to walk period.

    Thanks for the help in advance :) I truly appreciate it.

    (I've so far only put ice and a brace on it. My father believes I sprained it as well as my Aunt. She suggested that I wore the wrong shoes for running; however I've always worn the shoes when running and this is the first time for the pain. Prolong damage maybe?)

    • ANSWER:
      Your aunt might be right about your shoes regardless of whether or not they've caused you any pain previously. It could possibly be past damage due to your shoes putting unnecessary pressure on your ankle as well as the muscles in your leg and even your knee. Chances are that right now you've only sprained it, but I suggest getting different shoes and running a little less until your ankle and leg can handle the pressure of your body weight when running. So best of luck and I hope your ankle feels better.

  21. QUESTION:
    ANKLE PAIN WITH NO SWELLING?
    so at soccer about a week ago, this kid kicked me right in the ankle. It hurt so bad i couldnt move for a few minutes then i got better and could continue running. We've had soccer practice a few times after that and i could sprint my fastest with no ankle pain, it was just stiff and tight. Well yesterday, i was sitting down and went to get up and my ankle started hurting out of no where. there wasnt a pop or anything.

    There is no swelling, i can walk fine, but can't run. I can twist my ankle with little amount of pain so im not sure what it is? Any ideas? i have it wrapped in an ACE bandage and have been off my feet all day today. Oh, and my next soccer practice is tomorrow, need to be better? what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a deep bone bruise. there does not have to be a bruise visible for this to happen. they are painful and take a while to heal. keep icing and try to take it easy and keep it wrapped.

  22. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain with no swelling?
    so at soccer about a week ago, this kid kicked me right in the ankle. It hurt so bad i couldnt move for a few minutes then i got better and could continue running. We've had soccer practice a few times after that and i could sprint my fastest with no ankle pain, it was just stiff and tight. Well yesterday, i was sitting down and went to get up and my ankle started hurting out of no where. there wasnt a pop or anything.

    There is no swelling, i can walk fine, but can't run. I can twist my ankle with little amount of pain so im not sure what it is? Any ideas? i have it wrapped in an ACE bandage and have been off my feet all day today. Oh, and my next soccer practice is tomorrow, need to be better? what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      You should have stretched it out. Stretch it before you do any activity and keep the ace bandage on. Use ice and elevate all day today.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain but no swelling?
    I feel a slight discomfort in my left ankle for about 3-4 days now. It's not very painfull but it's got me worried. I can walk, run without problems but the pain seems to be there when the ankle is not "warmed" up - in the morning, when i go to sleep etc. I can roll my foot but when i try to strech it straight ahead (as in raising on my tips) i fell a slight pain. However, if i warm the ankle up a bit, by rolling the foot in all directions and streching it for a few times, the pain is not felt. The ankle is normal looking ..it's not swollen or anything. I can also touch it without feeling any pain. The funny thing is that the pain came without no apparent reason ...i didn't strain my ankle, I didn't get hit on it ...nothing happend that would explain this light but worring pain. Can anyone tell me what the reason for the pain could be ? Is cancer/carcinoma etc a possible answer?

    I'm a 24 years old male. My height is 188 cm and weight is 93 kg. I restarted jogging about 1 month ago

    • ANSWER:
      you might have heel spurs

      www.medicinenet.com/heel_spurs/article.htm

  24. QUESTION:
    Ankle Swelling with No Pain?
    I went for a long run two weeks ago and developed severe pain in my ankle. Since then, I have been using the RICE method and taking ibuprofen. I haven't run on it since then. The pain is gone, but I still have swelling around the outer ankle bone on my left foot. It doesn't hurt when I walk, do spin or use the elliptical. The area is tender only if I massage it deeply. Any ideas about what this could be? Any advice about when to start running again?

    • ANSWER:
      I have experienced this many times. It usually happens after a sprain. When you sprain something it creates microscopic tears. Those tears bleed, causing the swelling. It takes a while for the swelling to go down. If you're at the point where you don't feel pain then I would suggested doing ankle strengthening exercises. Use a leg press but keep legs extended, only using feet to push. Also, you could try standing on your tip toes then going back down repeatedly. Once you feel you have strengthened your ankle you can start running.

  25. QUESTION:
    bruised swollen ankle pain?
    since football today my ankle has really hurt in certain positions and with certain amounts of pressure on it. mainly if i pointed my toes out and stiffened my foot it really hurts like a sharp pain in the main circular bone bit above the arch of your foot above the heel and if i press it it hurts quite a bit as if it's bruised but theres no visible bruising and i don't remember a collision on my ankle :S.
    but now it's started to sell a bit like the vein that sits over the bone has popped out and is squidgy

    also today after footy when i went to the cinema i stretched my leg and tried to reach my shoe which had moved under the seat i was on and i had this spasm when i felt like i should straighten my leg out really quick but i couldn't and i had a cramp feeling and couldn't move for a few minutes and since it's hurt a fair bit in my hamstring areaand ive played football almost eery night of the week now so could i have overdone my muscles and should i see a doctor?
    and with hamstrings how does the doctor check to see if you've pulled or teared it? and even if i haven't done either could he give me crutches even if it's just bruising on my ankle because it's really hurting. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You could have some sort of pulled muscle or a spained ankle.
      Bone bruising isn't always visible but can be extremely sore and painful.
      Take a trip to your doctor to make sure that there isn't any serious underlaying problems with your ankle.
      Also he/she can prescribe you an anti-inflammatory and some pain medication.
      Get well soon.

  26. QUESTION:
    heard a pop in ankle little swelling no pain?
    it also feels weird when i turn it inwards like its goin to pop out

    • ANSWER:
      well i have twisted my ankle a few times. you might want to get it checked out. swelling is not a good thing. you might be numb right now count on pain in a few days. if not you might have messed up a jont of some sort. best advice is get it checked to make sure walking on it will not further injure it because i get pain occasionally from walking on a messed up ankle when i was younger

  27. QUESTION:
    Ankle Pain, but no swelling?
    Hi, last wednesday, I tripped going down the stairs in school. It hurt a little bit for the rest of that day but then it stopped, so I figured it wasn't a big deal. Then, that Monday, I noticed the same pain, and it became increasingly painful the next few days until today. It is not swollen at all, and it is not consistent. I feel pressure all the time though, and if I point my foot or walk on it it hurts. It also cracks way more than my other ankle, and constantly feels the need to be rolled and cracked. Oh, and I'm only thirteen. If it continues, I will go to the doctor, but right now my mom says she doesn;t want to because it is not swollen.
    oh wow. a cast and MRI and everything. I have nothing, I just limp a bit when I walk on it, because my mom won't let me go to the doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      the exact same thing has been happening to me!
      for me i have everything ur saying except mine also feels weak and numb. now it hurts to move or touch it. the pain fades in and out, i always feel pressure on it, and it always feel like i need to roll and crack it. mine is swolen but not in the ankle area. it is swolen from the base of my leg to right before my toes. im going to be 13 in a month. i went to the doctor but they couldnt find anything on my x-rays. they gave me an air cast and crutches and on tuesday i have to go to get a MRI. they recomended physical therapy but i don't want to do it until after the MRI.

  28. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain with no swelling; injured from soccer ball impact?
    I have a weak ankle due to surgery I had a couple weeks ago. I'm undergoing physical therapy and the whole shibang.

    Yesterday I was playing goalie and the ball was kicked hard at my right ankle. It hurt instantly and even today but there's no swelling. Did I just pull it or is it possible to tear a ligament or tendon without swelling?
    I forgot to add the surgery had nothing to do with the ankle. There was a congenital bone behind my ankle that needed to be removed. My ankle's only weak because of disuse after the surgery. So no, I'm not gonna freak out and call my doctor. Answer the question: Can you have tears without swelling, or is it only a pulled ligament/tendon?
    And I can walk on my ankle fine, just a little pain I want to go away because I have a game coming up soon.
    No offense poopoo but that's not my question. Let me assure you, I'm an experienced athlete who's been through TONS of injuries (rugby). I can tell a fracture, break, sprain, anything almost instantly. I know for a fact the ligaments/tendons are damaged, most likely ligaments. I just need to know, can you have a TEAR without swelling, or is it just PULLED?
    No thanks, Dixon, I did not ask for shady illegally prescribed drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to call your doctor and let him/her know what happened and what you should do, especially if this is the ankle that was just surgically repaired.
      ----------
      Anything is possible. The only way to know for sure is with evaluation and testing by a physician. It doesn't matter *why* you had surgery, it's the fact that you *had* surgery that is important. It takes awhile for everything to heal up in there. A sharp blow to the area could cause damage. Call, don't call...it's up to you.
      -------------------
      YES, it is entirely possible to do damage to the internal structure without swelling. Swelling is usually secondary to blood vessel rupture. It is possible to damage a ligament or tendon without damage to the vascular structure around it, especially in an area that is bony without much surrounding it, such as the ankle. I have seen badly fractured ankles with minimal swelling and badly sprained ankles swollen up like basketballs from the muscle tearing and blood vessel damage.

      I can't tell you whether it's pulled, torn, strained. No one here can tell you that. We aren't capable of performing the necessary tests to determine that over the internet. If you are an experienced athlete, you should know that. You want a diagnosis, see a doctor. Pain is a symptom of an abnormal condition.

  29. QUESTION:
    Medial ankle pain (what is it?)?
    I am a 39 y/o female and recently started walking/running about 8 miles a day on a treadmill. I now have an injury to my right medial ankle with no swelling. The pain is so severe I cannot walk on it. It seems to get worse after I lay down and get back up.
    I am a registered nurse but do not currently have health insurance. Is this something that will go away in time? I realize there are a lot of tendons in that region. I have also used RICE. Ibuprofen works well. What is this pain. It's been about 2 weeks since the initial injury which did not hurt until I got off the treadmill and sat down for a while
    Please no uneducated answers here, as I said I am an RN and need professional opinions only. Thanks.
    Richard, first of all thank you for such a great answer so far and thanks for your time.
    The treadmill is new and expensive with great sgock absorbtion. I recently bought the sneakers, which are new Nike airs and I tried on 20 pairs at the store before I decided on the right ones.
    The pain is sharp and extreme. It sometimes radiates slightly up the right lateral tibia. Almost indicative of nerve involvement. The majority of the pain is right below the ankle joint itself. Hyper-extention causes more apin and dorsiflex causes less. On palpation the pain is acutely and directly beneath the right medial ankle.
    I used to work in the OR around Orthopods all day but, now work as a nurse consultant and don't really have access to the orthopods.
    I really want to run and love doing it. I hate the thought of not being able to run again.
    Thanks again for all your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Shelly, I wish that you had included a little more specific information on where the pain was and that movements evoked pain. You stated that it is difficult to stand or walk on it due to pain but is the pain sharp or dull? Can the pain be specifically identified any one movement or direction. Is there weakness to a specific motion when it is challenged and in a non-weight bearing position? Is there a specific point of tenderness with palpation? The answers to these questions are going to help give a specific answer to this problem. The medial side has the large deltoid ligament along with some tendons present. It is rare to injure the medial ligaments. But the one thing that could be happening is that the ground reactive forces from being on the treadmill are irritating the medial ankle joint. How old are your sneakers in terms of mileage? Most sneakers are shot after about five hundred miles even if the tread looks good. Check the floor of the treadmill and see what it is made of. Most all units are based on a piece of metal and then a thin layer of wood. The better units have more wood or a better shock absorption system. Most home units don't have the best of shock absorption to them. Also look at the wear pattern of the sneakers. Are they worn heavily on the inside of the rear of the shoe? If this is the case try this for a simple solution. Get a pair of arch supports from a local pharmacy or supermarket from either Dr. Scholl's or Spenco. If that helps when you can afford to go see a podiatrist for custom made orthotics but they are going to cost you somewhere around three hundred. Being that you are an RN do you know any orthopedists that would just take a fast look at the ankle? Do you know any PT's that would take a look at the ankle? Usually the therapists are more than likely to just give you some evaluation and advice for free.

  30. QUESTION:
    WHY DO I HAVE PAIN INNER ANKLE BONE WITH SWELLING?
    for several weeks i have swelling inner ankle very painful on ankle bone. no injuries.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure you didn't get up in the middle of night and trip? Definitely go to the doctor if it's been several weeks!

  31. QUESTION:
    Ankle looks swollen, pain moving up my leg?
    My right ankle has been hurting for a few weeks now, I have no idea what I did to it. When you press on it, it hurts REALLY bad. The pain seems to be moving up my leg. It hurts about 3 inches above my ankle, kind of on the side (this just started) You can tell a big difference between my hurt ankle and my normal one. The normal one is a lot bigger and you can actually tell I have an ankle. My hurt one you can barley see it.

    What could this be?
    I am going to the doctors, they just couldn't get me in for a while. So I am going. Just like two weeks from now.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you sustain any kind of injury or did the pain and swelling appear with no apparent cause? If you injured yourself, it could be a sprain or a fracture. If you did not injure yourself, it could be a clot or infection. You need to see your doctor as soon as possible.
      ---------------
      Two weeks is too long to wait. Go to an urgent care or walk in clinic. At least they can diagnose and begin appropriate treatment until you can see your doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is swelling, severe pain and popping normal three weeks into a broken ankle with a cast?
    I broke my ankle three weeks ago. When I first got the cast put on the swelling went down immediately and the pain went away as well. One week ago I fell on my broke ankle and knocked my foot out of alignment and had to get a new cast put on. There were xrays done and no bones moved. Ever since the new cast, my foot swells worse everyday and my foot is purple. Also, the pain is excrutiating and feels like I just rebroke my bone. I went back to the doctor and he said I wasn't elevating it enough. I elevate it all day at work and then when I get home again. Is it normal for pain and swelling three weeks into the healing process or could something else be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not normal. You need to get your doc to listen to you, or you need a new doc.

  33. QUESTION:
    persistant minor pain and swelling on foot 6 weeks after sprained ankle? PLEASE HELP ME!!!?
    i twisted my ankle invertedly about six weeks ago, causing a sprain. immediately, my foot had swollen, and it was EXTREMELY difficult to put any weight on my foot for the next few hours. by the next day, my foot was still quite large, but i could walk. swelling lasted about 6 weeks. now, most of the swelling is gone, but there is pain when i invert my ankle. the pain is on the front and lateral side of my ankle, and on the top of my foot -- exactly where all the remaining, though minor, swelling is. what is going on with my ankle? please help me...i have no idea, as my mom will not take me to the doctor. all i want to do is get out and get fully active once again. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the same situation around Thanksgiving weekend...Not a pretty site! Believe me, it takes a LONG time...it was February before I could walk without concern & even then my ankle would give out on me or twist easily again! What I had to do was get several different ankle supports...one for wearing with shoes[thin anlkle support], another to wear after all day & hanging around home. I also had to keep my foot elevated EVERY chance I got...it would swell ALOT! I also purchased Arnica gel...it is AWESOME...no smell, no stick,all natural but WORKS! Not cheap [about -11] but it not only alleviates pain it amazingly reduces the swelling too! Great stuff! Get some! You won't be sorry! And keep your ankle supported & elevated as much as possible...I still have pain & weakness in my ankle and it has been six months! Even when asleep, if I twist it when laying down to readjust position, I wake from pain...your sprain was more than likely a "STRAIN" which is far more serious and requires lengthy healing! Take some anti-inflammatory OTC[over the counter] like Ibruprophen for discomfort & swelling too. Baby that ankle because IF you don't...you may re-injure it easily again! Keep it supported when feeling better & beginning to participate in any impact activities/sports etc...or you WILL re-injure it again! Take care~

  34. QUESTION:
    bad ankle orthopaedic sur xrayed saw no damage yet periodically swelling and pain occur?
    this left foot had a corn growing going inwards sur had to go about 4cm deep for it pain in ankle was there but intensify after opt on the inside of the left heel corn was removed now ankle on same foot paining more surgeon xray but could not see no damages whatsoever any suggestions please

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to also ask your doctor about Gout. This comes with swelling and pain as well, but the pain is usually intense enough you would want to cut your foot off. This would not show up on any x-ray.

      THe area is real touchy and has a burning pain and tough to the touch.

  35. QUESTION:
    why do I have swelling and sharp pain in the top of my foot and ankle with no injury?
    I have pain shooting from the inner part of my foot near my ankle and the top of my foot swells and I have not injured it.the pain is in the arch and feels like a sharp object is being pushed into my ankle.the ankle is not swollen but the top of the foot is and my lower leg is too. Can anyone tell me what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you wear flip-flops a lot? If so, I believe you have something called tendinitis. Just ice your foot and keep it up for about 24 hours and then try not to wear your flip-flops as much... Sorry that sucks i know, I had to go through it...

  36. QUESTION:
    I have a strange swollen ankle, no pain?
    About a week ago I looked down and noticed a large lump on my right ankle. (towards the front, below the bone) I didn't hurt it, and there is no pain. If I push down on it it pops right up with no depression from my finger so it doesn't sound like normal edema from what I've read. Anyone know what could cause swelling out of the blue?

    • ANSWER:
      might be some sort of inflammation ... i had something like that happen to my finger. My knuckle swelled out of nowhere and it did not hurt. Mine went after about a week. But something liek that happened to my teacher and he needed antibiotics. So i suggest you see a doctor

  37. QUESTION:
    pain in ankle no swelling or trauma?
    I woke up this morning with very severe pain to my outter ankle, no trauma, no swelling and when I went to bed last night i was fine. Pain seems to be spreading around to other side of ankle and to the underneath heel area. Pain is bad at rest and while attempting to walk.... what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      From your description it is very difficult to tell what is wrong. It could be "Achilles Tendinitis". However there are a few things that are missing from your description, so in order to be positive please answer these additional questions -

      1) Is the pain located in the back of your ankle where your heel bone is?
      2) Does it also hurt when you are not walking/standing?
      3) Is it sensitive to the touch?
      4) Do you have high or low arches in your feet?
      5) What kind of shoes you usually wear?
      6) What kind of sports activities/exercises you do?
      7) Is it painful to wear a shoe with a back?

      Here are some suggestions for things you can do right now.

      * Ice the area at least 4 times a day.

      * Avoid walking/running on the injured foot - you should rest as much as possible.

      * Buy over the counter inserts to wear in your shoes - these can support your feet better and help with the pain.

      * If you must walk, then wear super comfy shoes with good arch supports.

      * Wear an ACE bandage over you ankle - I know it's not an ankle sprain, but the bandage can support your achilles tendon and foot better.

      If it's indeed Achilles Tendinitis then it is possible to recover with these conservative treatments.

      Again, if you can answer my questions above I will be able to help you further.

      You can write to me directly if you prefer, my email is in my Yahoo profile.

      Good luck and feel better!

  38. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain from move, no swelling or bruises?
    I attempted this trick right here, I landed on my ankle while twisting downward with my weight+gravity so I am not sure what to do... I don't see swelling, or bruising, I just feel pains, Sharp, small, and shocking pains and I can't walk. If I do the weight seems to be making it hurt more. I also feel that its locking and it hurts and every so often it clicks or pops like your fingers, I cant put the foot upward a lot but going backwards hurts and triggers the pain the most going left and right do not hurt. What to do? This is the move I did btw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7wkjHxyxGk t
    My family is poor and we don't have any spare money to go to a hospital and sometimes it turns out to be something less than it is. So I am just going to take it safe

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce the pain & swelling of my ankles?
    It makes it very hard for me because I've gained weight, & now I can't exercise. They just started hurting & swelling for no reason.

    • ANSWER:
      first thing u need to do is elevate ur legs up especially at night when going to sleep. if that doesnt help with the pain u could use ice packs. good luck to u!

  40. QUESTION:
    pain and swelling of ankle?
    I've noticed pains in my ankle during gymnastics while tumbling for a couple of weeks now and recently it has gotten to the point where I can't tumble at all. It is swollen and when it hurts it's one of the most intense pains I've ever felt.

    the area that is in pain is on the top of the foot where the calf meets the foot. it's the right one and it mostly toward the right side.
    most recently, when I get the sudden STABBING, CUTTING, HORRIBLE pain, it goes the whole way up my calf and down to my toes.

    could it be tendinitis, a stress fracture, or something else entirely?

    p.s. there was no actual "injury" that occured.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to guess it's Achilles tendinitis. You said it travels up your leg and I'm willing to put two cents on that. lol Seriously you should take an anti-inflammatory and see if it feels better. The treatment would be a cortisone injection and rest the foot and ankle of course the best way to do that is cast it for four to six weeks.

      Oh I cheated so I'm going to put ten dollars down. I googled the most common injuries for gymnast. The think its because you do a lot of your routines in a pointed Good luck in gymnastics.

      "Problems with Acchilles tendonitis are relatively common in gymnastics. Gymnasts perform most of their maneuvers with a pointed toe, which leads to decreased flexibility of the tendon. The repetitive nature of the sport, especially during practice, also increases the risk of injury. Usually, problems with the Achilles tendonmay be atributed to dismounts and tumbling."

  41. QUESTION:
    i injured my ankle in September 07 it is not broken. but i have constant pain, swelling, cracking. what is wro
    it is the right outside of my ankle.it swells evey time i run or physical activity. it feels stiff so i fell i have to crack it to get the movement back. i can run and no major pain but after is when it hurts. does anyone have any idea what i have done
    yes i had an xray to see if it was a fracture or broken and everything was fine. i also saw a physio for a while but they just gave me some exercises to Strengthen the ankle. but after all this time still swells after exercise, loads of cracking involved. but could this mean an operation if it is a tendon or ligament damage.

    • ANSWER:
      Sound like the tendon gets inflamed because of the previous injury, which I assume some numbnuts told you to put ice on and worsen the problem :-/
      Definately see a doctor in case there is an invisible fracture, and never use ice on your body.
      If you have an herbalist in your area see if they can set you up with some jow or a plast.

  42. QUESTION:
    Pain in ankle no swelling or bruising?
    I was playing basketball the other day and after practice my ankle hurt really bad, I dont have any swelling or bruising and I can put all my weight on it. I've also been practicing for a while so I know its now just from not exercising for a while, WHATS WRONG WITH MY ANKLE???!???!???

    • ANSWER:
      i fell playing soccer and broke my ankle. It was such a clean break, therre was no swelling. I wouldsee a doctor. from my expierence, just because its not swollen, doesnt mean its not broken. You also could of tore a ligament or sumthin. go get it examined.

  43. QUESTION:
    Seems like all the sudden I have joint pain &swelling ,?
    First my right wrist,for no good reason swelled & became very painful.I used a wrist support brace, helped.Then after working down on one knee that swelled was sore and clicked when I walked a few weeks later , all I did was cross my left leg over my right knee,then a few minutes later It swelled so bad I could not bend it for a couple days. Used crutches took advil,allseemed getting better.Wait,limped on right foot two months because of right knee, now 2nd toe on right foot swollen,wont go down two months.Throughout toe misery,favored left foot.Now left ankle sore [only during use]stand or walk on left ankle intense "nerve pinching pain".Now after moderate use both right wrist &right knee back to moderate swelling and soreness,left ankle -screaming pain,My biggest question is the possibilty I have developed a debilitating chronic joint disease,or may bone cancer or ?Please truthfully tell me I have only slight age related [40's}osteo or some temp strain I will be so happy If you can!

    • ANSWER:
      A doctor better examine you and you should do blood test before we can say anything. If tests where normal then it is likely that you have an overall body weakness. ALL your muscles are very weak and you should strengthen them. By strengthening your muscles the pressure would be on the on the muscle and not the joint! Another reasons could be of over weigth. You haven't mentioned it thought but if you are over weighted then you should control your diet. Again, I don't tell you to starve coz you don't wannu burn muscles too.

      In conclusion, I think you should consult and always be in touch with a 'physiotherapist' (of course after you saw a doctor I mentioned above) to show you the proper exercises so that you can strengthen your muscles.

  44. QUESTION:
    I recently had sudden swelling in lower left leg,ankle,and foot.BAD pain.What can it be?
    Lower left foot hurt just a little out of blue, then within 2-3 hrs was swollen 3x normal and hurt so bad I couldn't walk. Even when sitting it ached so bad I couldn't sleep. Dr put me on 50mg Prednisone for 5 days and it went away. First day after taking all of the Prednisone, I woke up feeling like my whole body was one big bruise. It got worse throughout the day, until that night the same swelling and pain came back. So, now I'm back on Prednisone and my Dr. has been doing bloodwork, but no answers. I've been really fatigued for last few months...even falling asleep while standing only waking when I hit the floor! I've gained over 20 lbs in just over 2 months. I've never had any problems with my weight before and haven't changed any of my eating habits to explain this weight gain. I have muscle spasms in my lower legs (esp at night) and what feels like charleyhorse, but in my shin bones, not muscles. I sometimes lose my voice w/o cause or have trouble swallowing, unless i take a drink. I suffer from depression and anxiety and bipolar. I feel like I'm falling apart, piece by piece. I just wonder if taking all these meds are treating the symptoms, but theres something else going on? Does anyone have any idea what could be going on with my health? I'm a 40 yr old female, not overweight, and until recently, was pretty active.

    • ANSWER:
      Many things to investigate. I'm sure your doctor is working on that. Sounds like he's looking at perhaps an auto-immune problem. The Prednisone will halt the bodies immune response by suppressing the immune system. Blood test may include ANA, RA Anti-CCP(looking at Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis). ESR and CRP were probably ordered which are just general markers for inflammation/infection likely to be positive with any swelling. Exposure to tics may also warrant Lyme Studies. Routine CBC, Chemistry panel, LFT's are also good to have as a baseline. Coagulation studies and possibly a vascular study to rule out blood clots. Another problem associated with sudden swelling and pain without trauma might be Gout. Also a need to look at current medication...some medication could cause joint inflammation, muscle wasting.
      As far as the fatigue and weight gain I'd be sure and look into your thyroid function. This may be the cause of all; to include your joint pain, swelling. Hypothyroidism. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/AN00069 See, I told you lots of stuff...those are important first line things I would be looking at.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do we have staph and all forms of it? My leg, my baby's lungs? My hubby's ankle pain?
    So I took my baby to the doctor for fever 2 months ago. She's eleven months old. Then her father's ankle was hurting with no injury and there is a little bruise looking spot on it, but that showed up way after the swelling and pain. My coworkers had staph infections a month ago. I did my best to stay clean. Now I have what appears to be a tiny cigarette burn on my leg. The baby keeps getting small amounts of red crust at the corners of her mouth and OMG the chesty cough had made her puke some nights. Doc gave us an xray for her. Haven't taken myself or the hubby to the doc yet now that I'm puzzling this all together. I'm just now seeing what staph can do to people. i have the mini-boil, the baby has the lung problems and my husband with the ankle pain with a small bruise in the center and some swelling. Now, today he has a whitehead in his nose which has swollen the whole side of his nose. Could all this be tied together. None of us has a fever, we have been tired at times. We thought we had mold in our apartment so we chalked the baby's cough to allergies, but the mold has been treated and she sounds like a 40 year old smoker at times. What is going on with that?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    SEVERE PAIN AND SWELLING 10 WEEKS AFTER ANKLE ORIF SURGERY... HELP?!?!?!?
    I had ORIF on my left ankle 10 weeks ago for A BAD bimalleolar fracture (broke both ankle bones that stick out off and broke the small leg bone also).Have 1 plate and 11 screws to repair breaks. I have been weightbearing for about 4 weeks with boot with no crutches. My problem is that when I walk or stand for more than and hour or 2 my ankle swells up really big and I have excrutiating pains that I can not even describe. Sometimes the pain med I have works but sometimes not. Is this normal and how long should this last? I have taken a 12 week leave of absence from work as a cashier that expires on 10/23/2010 and dont think I am able to return yet. When will this nightmare end? and HAS ANYONE EVERY BEEN THROUGH THIS?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask your doctor or a physical therapist. usually you can experience some pain after surgeries but I would guess you should be elevating it more. You might be able to do some physical therapy with it to make the healing process faster.

  47. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen ankle with no pain (anymore - details inside)... Suggestions? And should I be worried?
    Okay. So on Tuesday, I pulled my both hamstrings so bad exercising, I could barely walk. My right side was much worse than my left, but both were painful. I couldn't straighten my legs and stand flat footed.

    Wednesday, the pain was bearable and I could walk (though a little funny). Yesterday, it was MUCH better.

    However, yesterday night when I showered, I looked down and noticed that my right ankle was quite swollen in comparison to my left. The weird thing was, there was no pain. I could bend, walk, and point fine. It just felt like maybe it had acquired slightly more mass than usual.

    I massaged it, iced it, and slept on my side last night, but it's still pretty swollen this morning. I stood a lot yesterday and yesterday night, and I didn't notice the swelling until pretty late so I suppose it didn't have much time, but...

    I'm just wondering if I should be worried. The lack of pain tells me no, but the unusualness about swelling without pain is also what makes me worried.

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably some simple edema (water retention) in the ankle. It's your body's way of telling you that you need to rest up those legs a little. You're doing great with the ice, but you need to rest the legs some and keep them elevated when sitting down. Also at night, elevate them on a pillow, so that they're above the level of your heart. This will reduce and keep the swelling down. Edema doesn't tend to become uncomfortable unless it gets really severe.

  48. QUESTION:
    Severe pain in ankle bone with shooting pains up leg 2 weeks after a sprain?
    I broke my ankle/bottom leg last August and required surgery to insert pin. I had surgery 4 weeks ago and had the pin removed, no problems. My friend whom is a nurse removed my stitches 14 days later. Last Wednesday the same friend slipped and fell back onto the ankle. I was in agony and couldnt walk. The ankle was swollen so I went to the hospital. I explained everything and they did an x-ray. They said that the old fracture had healed but was still showing as line in xray & still week with hollow bit due to the pin being removed. Im not sure if they checked for further damage anywhere else or ligemants/tendoms. Only to make sure old fracture wasnt hurt again. They advised me it was a bad sprain and gave me pain relief to take home. Im already on Co-Codomal and Tramadol but they also gave me 600mg of Ibuprofen to take 3 times a day. I rested for nearly a week and the pain was getting better until yesterday. The pain became very bad and I had burning, shooting and almost electric shock pains in it spreading up the leg, even my hip. It feels like flu pain that you get only 10 times worse with little jolts of pain. Slight tingling. Its not as swollen and not sore or warm to touch. Ive not been taking the pain killers constantly as Ive been on them a long time an dont want to get addicted just take when I cant take pain anymore like today and its only eased although im drowsey. Ive nearly been crying with the pain a few times and I have a high threshold for pain. Im currently on sofa with leg raised but Im quite concerned about the pain as a friend suggested it could be an infection in the bone or nerve damage. I know if I go and see my GP they will just tell me to go to the hospital but Im reluctant to go to the hospital again as they said it was just a sprain and dont want them to think Im wasting there time however as the swelling and pain had eased earlier in the week and now its back and very sore/keeping me awake im worried. Ive also been feeling sick with diahorrea few days ago, have sore throat with white spots and generally look n feel awful,sweating buckets at night which is prob unrelated.Any suggestions?Please be kind, Im not suggesting Im a proffessional or anyone else is but I dont want to waste a doctor/hospitals time and I hate NHS 24. Ive tried to explain it my best..hopefully its not swine flu!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You really do need to get to a doctor as it sounds like you may have an infection. Whether it's connected to the injury is hard to say.
      I clicked on this question because I sprained my ankle 8 weeks ago now - I went right over on my ankle when I didn't see a pothole in the road I was crossing - and I am still getting shooting pains up the inside of my ankle, towards my knee and your symptoms in that respect are the same. The swelling and bruising on my ankle went after about 2 weeks.
      But it seem like you have a possibly unrelated problem for which you might need antibiotics.

  49. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain w/NO brusing or swelling?
    I developed sudden pain in my ankle, and went to urgent care. They said it a possible stress fracture. I then met with a Podiatrist, and he put me in a Cam Walker, and I got x-rays taken. He said its a possible sprain. I have been researching on when my ankle hurts, and it looks like it could be a sprain; but I've had no swelling or brusing. And it also might be pulled/torn ligament. Again, no swelling or brusing. So I am unsure now. I go back on Friday to my podatrist. Im in constant pain, and the Nyproxen he perscribed isn't helping. I feel I need to "pop" my ankle and the nurse said that was normal, but don't. What could happen if I would "pop" it?
    I went to the ER, in the evening, after the urgent care. They said it was probably sprained. And put me in an aircast. It didnt help any... so I called my podatrist. I just hate waiting until Friday to find out whats wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      if you pop it you could make it worse if it is something bad like a sprain. Usually, no swelling is a bad sign of a sprain or break. I would have an ER doctor take a look at it...

  50. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain with fever but no swelling or bruising?
    My 2 year old daughter has been having a lot of pain on the top of her ankle. She has been having fever as well. I took her to an urgent clinic where all they did was verify there was no fracture or broken bones. That afternoon she seemed better and was walking on it, with a limp but was not complaining anymore. After she woke up from her nap it seemed like it hurt her even more. I have been giving her motrin to help with the pain but she still cries even when she is not putting weight on it. I am unsure of what to do, and I don't know what it causing her so much pain. She has had minimal swelling that her dad says but I just don't see it and I also don't see any bruising. What should I do? Should I take her back to the doctor? Is there any other medicine that would work better? She is in pain and I hate seeing my baby like this.
    I have also been putting a cold pack on her ankle about every 2 hours or so.

    • ANSWER:
      At this point with no obvious injury and a fever-you need to take her back and have lab work done to rule out an infection. If they don't want to do lab work, find another clinic or doctor. The indicator of pain and fever at least warrants lab work. Sometimes doctors have to look "outside the box".

      As a nurse I just want to add that the pain in the ankle and the fever may be related. Some things pop to mind and one of them is osteomylelitis or infection in the bone which may not show up on xrays until much later. Littles ones bones have a long way to go to be fused and pediatric xrays can be difficult to read. It would be nice if she could be checked out by a pediatrician rather than an urgent care doc. Not to make little of urgent care docs as they are good in their own right.