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Can resting sprained ankle/no rehab and limping for months after the injury cause achilles tightness and bottom of foot pain(metatarsalgia, plantar f)?

Can resting sprained ankle/no rehab and limping for months after the injury cause achilles tightness and bottom of foot pain(metatarsalgia, plantar f)?

Compensation....: Limping for months, with or without pain, can cause a change in the mechanics of your normal walk. This is known as compensatory change or compensation. As the body compensates, you can expect that new problems such as muscle tightness and weight shifting will develop. Treating these new symptoms can be even more challenging than treating the original ones. A Healthtap specialist can help. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Scar is your friend: In this case scar is your friend as it by this mechanism that healing of sprains occurs it takes several months to fully recover/ try to avoid repeat injuries general stretching helps/ backward walking helps/ hot and cold packs help and the both work go back and forth between the two also consider wrapping the ankle with plastic wrap at bedtime this helps to limber up stiff tissue good luck in. ...Read more

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Can achilles feel tight and thicker even 8 months after ankle sprain? Sprained ankle achilles feels much thicker and knotted than noninjured

Can achilles feel tight and thicker even 8 months after ankle sprain? Sprained ankle achilles feels much thicker and knotted than noninjured

Achilles: If it is thicker than normal it has been injured and has healed with scarring. Be SURE to warm up before exercise even more important now. Us the runner's stretch that looks like they are pushing something over while bending each foot upward alternately. Ah yes, SLOWLY! ...Read more

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What's the best ankle brace for a ruptured Achilles tendon?

What's the best ankle brace for a ruptured Achilles tendon?

See your doctor: As a decision to operate or not needs to be made. Having said that bledsoe makes a nice achilles tendon brace. But, you should be followed by a doctor. ...Read more

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What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

Torn muscle: Healing depends on degree of trauma, type of muscle, location of joints, age, and degree of rest. Like wise so many variable. Some doesn't heal at all without surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Can peroneal tendon subluxation cause swelling around the posterior calf by the achilles?

Can peroneal tendon subluxation cause swelling around the posterior calf by the achilles?

If it causes: You to walk differently there may be some effect....but that high up and in the back should not... ...Read more

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Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Physical exam: An xray will not directly show a patellar tendon rupture, however, typically your knee cap will be further up your leg than normal. The xray will also show if a piece of bone was pulled off of the patella or tibia. The diagnosis is made clinically - you cannot raise your leg straight up while keeping your knee straight. You may also feel a defect in the tendon. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a knee ligament tear or sprain?

What is the recovery time after a knee ligament tear or sprain?

It depends: Based on the info provided, it is hard to give details. The time to heal depends on which ligament or ligaments or injured and to what degree. ...Read more

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Navicular fracture 7.10.13. Subsequent calcaneofibular ligament reconstruction 28.2.14. Still pain + swelling, unable to stand on 1 foot or up on toes?

Navicular fracture 7.10.13. Subsequent calcaneofibular ligament reconstruction 28.2.14. Still pain + swelling, unable to stand on 1 foot or up on toes?

Your Orthopedic Sur.: Please go back to your orthopedic surgeon. there may be a nerve entrapped, or exuberant bone regrowth. In other words he may have more work to do. If you don't get anywhere, then I might suggest a second opinion with a Sports Medicine Specialist orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the best shoe after Achilles tendon rupture?

What is the best shoe after Achilles tendon rupture?

Heel lift.: A walking boot, with a heel lift, to place your foot in a "toe point" position, is optimal for healing. ...Read more

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Ankle pain, no injury. Start with heel pain on L, ankle, move to achilles, outer ankle bone, then L ankle can't bear weight. Then, R outer ankle bone?

Ankle pain, no injury. Start with heel pain on L, ankle,  move to achilles, outer ankle bone, then L ankle can't bear weight. Then, R outer ankle bone?

Pain: can be arthritis and compensating to other side causing pain. It is common issue with plantar fasciitis patient will favor the other side and then they get inflammation to the joint area ...Read more

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How many months does subcondral edematous contusion adm fluid around the tendon sheath take to heal?(ankle injurie)

How many months does subcondral edematous contusion adm fluid around the tendon sheath take to heal?(ankle injurie)

Subchondral is a : Term that describes bone injury not tendon injury. Having said that - the tendon or bone injury on average could take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks. Sometimes less, sometimes more.... ...Read more

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Can ankle tendonitis cause tenderness over the metatarsal above the little toe? Does ankle tendon run over the metatarsals?

Can ankle tendonitis cause tenderness over the metatarsal above the little toe? Does ankle tendon run over the metatarsals?

Who Knows.: I am not sure if you are describing tendonitis and pain of the tendons passing over the ankle or tendonitis and pain of the tendon passing over the 5th metatarsal. There are other possibilities that can also cause pain in the area of the 5th metatarsal. Capsulitis, stress fracture and neuritis to name a few. The tendon in question is the extensor digitorum longus (EDL). To remove doubt, see a Doc. ...Read more

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Can bilateral Achilles tendinosis pain move up into the calves as the tendons heal? The tendon pain has improved but high calf pain has worsened.

No, thats very unli-: Kely. You probably developed some other problem, depending how you were treated for tendinosis. Possibilities include muscle tears (unlikely that you have it on both sides); clots (again very rarely do they occur on both sides); weakened muscles in the calves, if you have been treated by resting them for more than a few days ; now they are hurting, as you start getting around. See an orthopod. ...Read more

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Burning pain in ankle up to knee. Ankle injury 20 days ago. No fracture in x-ray. Arch and heel pain with sweeling on ankle with burning while walking?

Burning pain in ankle up to knee. Ankle injury 20 days ago. No fracture in x-ray. Arch and heel pain with sweeling on ankle with burning while walking?

Pain: Agreed - sounds like tendonitis . The nerves in the area my be injured also depending on the mechanism of injury , which we don't know. As stated , stay in close contact with your treating physician ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 2 mos. ago and there is still slight pain a little swelling in the Achilles Tendon. Any guesses how much longer it'll take to heal?

I sprained my ankle 2 mos. ago and there is still slight pain a little swelling in the Achilles Tendon. Any guesses how much longer it'll take to heal?

Not healed...: As ankle sprains can come in varying degrees of severity, from very mild to very extreme, it is hard to tell just how long it will take you ankle to totally heel. More concerning, is that you are having some issues with your Achilles tendon. Your tendon may be showing signs of an early tendinitis, due to the change in tendon function. This change could be secondary to the unresolved ankle injury. ...Read more

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I had a sprained Achilles' tendon 6 years ago in high school and it sometimes flares up and swells making it uncomfortable to walk what can I do?

Achilles tendonitis: RICE, rest ice compression elevation, but with it being 6 years ago likely a chronic injury, will be difficult to get better. Try some Physical therapy for 6 to 8 weeks with the RICE and if not better get MRI may have a partial tear. Go to ER if pain or acute weakness gets suddenly worse. ...Read more

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A nurse said I have badly pulled/sprained my Achilles tendon. It is really painful to walk on, she hasn't given me any crutches? Help?

A nurse said I have badly pulled/sprained my Achilles tendon. It is really painful to walk on, she hasn't given me any crutches? Help?

See a podiatrist: There could be a partial tear in the tendon or associated structures. I love our nurses, but you should see a doctor on this one. ...Read more

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Swelling in left ankle near achilles tendon. No pain or discoloration. Started after I did jumping jacks. Could it be sprained/strained?

Probably not: Sprains and strains are invariably accompanied by pain. Painless swelling can have many causes . If it is exercise induced it could be a nearby joint capsule, tendon sheath enlarging. Some people also have some small defects in the fascia (tissue that forms compartments in the leg) and muscle can push through these areas during exercise. Bottom line, if it is not painful I would not worry. Dr. R ...Read more

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My ankle is in severe pain, especially my Achilles' tendon, rolled ankle a week a ago, healed quick, lots of bruising, woke up tonight with pain.

My ankle is in severe pain, especially my Achilles' tendon, rolled ankle a week a ago, healed quick, lots of bruising, woke up tonight with pain.

Those darn ankles: Sounds to me like you have done some degree of damage to the soft tissue that envelops the ankle. There could also be some bone damage. I strongly suggest that you seek professional advice and treatment to minimize the possible effects of your injury. ...Read more

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Can having mulitple ankle sprains cause microtears in Achilles tendons?

Can having mulitple ankle sprains cause microtears in Achilles tendons?

Yes: Multiple ankle sprains can lead to micro tears in the achilles and other ligaments around the area. An MRI would indicate if you have torn the achilles and to what extent. ...Read more

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If I strained/sprained my Achilles tendons 10 years ago and they still get achey sometimes, is there anything I can do about that? Cause for concern?

If I strained/sprained my Achilles tendons 10 years ago and they still get achey sometimes, is there anything I can do about that?  Cause for concern?

Eccentric strength: You likely have some degeneration of your achilles which led to the "sprain" in the first place and now causes achy pain. Your sports med provider can prescribe a series of specific eccentric resistance exercises that have been shown in many studies to be the best non-surgical treatment for achilles tendinopathy. You are at slight higher risk for a complete tear, but i wouldn't be too concerned. ...Read more

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How can I heal hurt Achilles tendon?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use a heel lift in your shoes to take pressure off the achilles tendon. If persists see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What can cause my Achilles tendon to hurt?

Overuse: It could be over stretch from too much activity. Trauma would create pain. ...Read more

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How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

Often clinical dx: The signs of this are often fairly typical and a physician is usually able to tell with a simple examination; both palpation of the tendon and a test call the thompson test are easy techniques. A surgeon may order an MRI for preoperative planning if needed. ...Read more

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How can I know if I tore my achilles' tendon?

Pain: A full achille's tendon tear causes severe pain in the back of your leg, difficulty walking on the affected leg and possibly a "snapping" sound at the time of injury. A partial tear will cause pain and weakness in the affected leg. You need to see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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When and how often should I ice my Achilles tendon?

Ice : I tell my patients up to 4 times a day for about 15-20 min. Do not apply directly on skin. Wrap ice in a small towel to prevent burns. ...Read more

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How to stop pain to the right of my Achilles tendon?

Ice, rest and heel l: Achilles tendons have poor blood supply. Therefore they tend to heal from injury slowly. It is important to rest the tendon. Apply ice and use a heel lift to reduce pressure on the tendon. Also use of a running shoe, with good heel support may be beneficial. If ipain does not improve, see a sports podiatrist. ...Read more

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What can I do if my Achilles tendon hurts.What to do?

It needs treatment: When the achilles tendon is sore it is strained. The inflammation must be reduced along with reasonable rest to allow this to heal. Physical therapy can really speed up healing time. ...Read more

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What can I do about this pain in my achilles' tendon?

Stretch!: Make sure you do your warm-up and cool down stretches consistently. Check your shoes and make sure they are not wore out. Adding an arch support or heel pad may be beneficial. Temporarily hold back on your exercise intensity or duration. Ice, use of antiinflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help. If these things do not work, of there is swelling and difficulty walking see a podiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more