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A 53-year-old female asked:

Pain at inner ankle when walk. doc said all healed.muscles n ligaments tight after wearing inflatable stirrup for 2 months. wean off. how to loosen?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Stretch: Stretch and activity will start to loosen the area.
Dr. Leo Krawetz
Podiatry 27 years experience
You need the brace!: You still need the brace. It is not all healed if it still hurts. First, get an MRI to rule out a longitudinal tear of the posterior tibial tendon. This is common in overweight patients and can be treated conservatively or surgically. Try a richie brace. Leo krawetz, dpm, facfas.
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Strengthening : Two months is a long time in a stirrup brace. A home program or structured physical therapy program to strengthen the ankle is crucial. I wouldn't rush to an MRI but a thorough exam to rule out an injury to other problems is important. Start wearing the brace less and less as you rebuild strength.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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