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I recently noticed a pain on the top of my right foot when i dorsiflex it. It is about midfoot on the left side and hurts when i flex it to the right.

I recently noticed a pain on the top of my right foot when i dorsiflex it. It is about midfoot on the left side and hurts when i flex it to the right.

Could be a Tibialis : Could be an Tibialis Anterior tendinitis. This is just based on the region and activity that you describe. Without X-ray I don't want to give a definitive diagnosis. I have seen many of these and generally ice and rest as well as changing your shoe gear to something that does not run or cut on that area. ...Read more

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When i lie down and dorsiflex my feet in the air- my right foot plant is at an angle, like a book would fall off- what is this called?

Equinus: If i'm picturing what you're saying correctly, you have equinus, which means you are unable to dorsiflex your foot on your ankle to at least 90 degrees. This can be caused by a tight achilles tendon, or bony impingement in the front of the ankle. It can cause you to put more pressure in the toes and ball of your foot when you walk. It can also cause pronation, which leads to other pathology. ...Read more

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Is swelling in front of ankle & stiffness when dorsiflex normal? Sprain occurred 10 weeks ago. There's no pain but is def weaker then good side.

Is swelling in front of ankle & stiffness when dorsiflex normal? Sprain occurred 10 weeks ago. There's no pain but is def weaker then good side.

See a physician: Simple ankle sprains can sometimes result in long term problems. Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may have damaged the soft tissue around the ankle along with the bone. Once the joint cartilage is damaged, painful arthritis can develop down the line. I would recommend evaluation by either an orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist. ...Read more

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15 wks post high grade injuries to ankle ligaments,one on top of ankle starting to feel like tight rubber band when dorsiflex,exercisemore tiring.Why?

15 wks post high grade injuries to ankle ligaments,one on top of ankle starting to feel like tight rubber band when dorsiflex,exercisemore tiring.Why?

Possibility : Difficult to give you proper answer not seeing the ankle. It possible scar formation. Please use the lubrication with exercise and check with doctor. ...Read more

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I am unable to dorsiflex my foot after a bad lateral sprain 7 weeks ago. Even with stretching and exercises, there is medial ankle pain. Why is this?

I am unable to dorsiflex my foot after a bad lateral sprain 7 weeks ago. Even with stretching and exercises, there is medial ankle pain. Why is this?

Hard to say: It is common to have stiffness in the ankle after a sprain even at 7 weeks. However there may be other injuries that are not immediately apparent at the time of injury, such as damage to the talus (ankle bone). I recommend you see your treating doctor to discuss this concern. You may need an MRI. If no other injures are present you may need Physical Therapy to improve range of motion ...Read more

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Pain from ankle to mid calf when dragging my finger up the side of my leg?Like a sharp pain - did homans sign nopain when dorsiflex but planterflex ?

Tendinitis: What you are describing sounds like a soft tissue inflammation. This could be a tendinitis of the peroneal tendons if on outside or lateral side of leg. Tendonitis usually present as a sharp pain. There may or may not be a relationship between the leg pain and your other conditions. See your family doctor first and explain all the conditions and get his/her recommendation. ...Read more

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In general, post cavus surgery(calcaneal&dorsiflex osteotomies, cut plantar fascia, transfer longus to brevis), realistic everyday & sporting ability?

In general, post cavus surgery(calcaneal&dorsiflex osteotomies, cut plantar fascia, transfer longus to brevis), realistic everyday & sporting ability?

Yes: If the surgery is successful, you will be much better than you were before and as such should be able to participate in amucj higher activity level than before surgery. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Besides exertional compartment syndrome, what other things would cause gastrocnemius contracture whereby need to flex at knee to dorsiflex foot?

Besides exertional compartment syndrome, what other things would cause gastrocnemius contracture whereby need to flex at knee to dorsiflex foot?

Achilles tightness: As you've mentioned 'exertional compartment syndrome', I'm going to guess that you: 1. have had this diagnosed and 2. have transitory symptoms. Compartment syndrome usually presents with pallor, pain, paraesthesias, 'pins and needles' sensation and pulselessness. If your calf simply feels tight, it doesn't rule out CS, but it is less likely. Chronic CS should be worked up before a muscle tear. ...Read more

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