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What is the best way to I increase ankle strength. I have sprained and strained and torn muscles and ligaments and tendons so often they won't rebuild?

What is the best way to I increase ankle strength. I have sprained and strained and torn muscles and ligaments and tendons so often they won't rebuild?

Rebuild: I would see a physical therapist that specializes in sports injuries and they will come up with a regimen plan for you to strengthen your ankles, keep in mind when you have an injury to a ligament and there are many around the ankle they do not heal with the same strength do to scar tissue formation that is not as strong as the original ligament. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...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 you suggest some alternative medicines for muscle, ligament or tendon injury in the knee of a 12 year old osteogenic patient?

Can you suggest some alternative medicines for muscle, ligament or tendon injury in the knee of a 12 year old osteogenic patient?

Rest, ice pm, heat am: Not sure it is an alternative treatment but in an oi patient it just take a little longer but rest if painful, ice 15 minutes on 15 minutes off in the evening and heat in the am to decrease the amount of inflammation while the tissue heals itself. ...Read more

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I had possible meolitis and now suffer leg muscle and tendon pain. How can I relieve the pain?

I had possible meolitis and now suffer leg muscle and tendon pain. How can I relieve the pain?

Baclofen may help: If you had myelitis, you could have residual weakness and spasticity--need to be examined to ckeck you have spasticity--how is you urination? Urgency, frequency? --of course there is plenty of causes of muscle and tendon pain from tendinitis to radiculopathy among others. ...Read more

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Can a muscle or tendon in the leg below the skin become infected? What are some symptoms/signs?

Can a muscle or tendon in the leg below the skin become infected? What are some symptoms/signs?

Deeper infections: Certainly infections below the skin can occur. Infection of the muscles or joints can occur when bacteria in the blood deposit the germs there, or an infection spreads from another site. The symptoms usually involve pain plus the systemic signs like fever, weakness, nausea etc. Some clue is usually there in the history about these diseases so I hope u can go to a doc and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Small lumps (5mm at a guess) on borderline between leg tendon behind knee and muscle. Soft, move if pushed. What are they?

Small lumps (5mm at a guess) on borderline between leg tendon behind knee and muscle. Soft, move if pushed. What are they?

Need to check them: They do not sound like anything serious from your description, but they concern you and no one can know for sure without checking. ...Read more

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Feel pain at gap between r leg and hip when I stand up or when I try to sit cross-legged. Any tendon there or is it muscle problem? How to resolve?

Feel pain at gap between r leg and hip when I stand up or when I try to sit cross-legged. Any tendon there or is it muscle problem? How to resolve?

If its on the: Outside it could be a bursitis called trchanteric bursitis, especially if it's tender when u touch it. Aleve (naproxen) 2 tablets twice daily may help. That would likely help anyway as long as you have no contraindication. Good luck, see doc if worsens. ...Read more

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I hurt the lower part of my left calf muscle or tendon while running two weeks ago. What can I do to heal it faster, short of not using my leg?

I hurt the lower part of my left calf muscle or tendon while running two weeks ago. What can I do to heal it faster, short of not using my leg?

Gastroc strain?: If u have strained (partially torn) the medial (inside) head of your gastrocnemius muscle (most common injury that your symptoms suggest)rest for 4-6 wks (or u risk re-injury), heel lift can help. Exam and MRI will confirm diagnosis. Unfortunately there is no substitute for rest in this case and other muscle strain injuries (i.e.hamstring). Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Can taking a statin cause concentrated muscle/tendon pain after only 3 days? Right leg pain (outside knee area) ONLY during walking after a while.

Can taking a statin cause concentrated muscle/tendon pain after only 3 days? Right leg pain (outside knee area) ONLY during walking after a while.

Not likely but: Possible. Have your doctor take a look at it. There are various statins, some cause less muscle side effects. And sometimes reducing the dose helps. ...Read more

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I'm a runner, and my muscles and tendons are getting increasingly sore at the top of my femur on the outside of my leg. I stretch regularly. Ideas?

I'm a runner, and my muscles and tendons are getting increasingly sore at the top of my femur on the outside of my leg. I stretch regularly. Ideas?

Sorry just noticed: Just realized you said top of femur. If in lower leg my answer. Would stand. Out upper leg could be a bursitis or tendinitis....Even a type of fasciitis. Avoid offending activity for several weeks....Otc antiinflamatories and ortho follow up if conservative measures aren't enough. ...Read more

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Had acl reconstruction on 1/8/2016 using a patellar tendon graft. My question is- Is it normal to lift your leg with tendon when muscles don't work?

Had acl reconstruction on 1/8/2016 using a patellar tendon graft. My question is- Is it normal to lift your leg with tendon when muscles don't work?

No: The answer is "No" because tendons don't contract... meaning they don't move on their own. The muscles contract. To move against gravity, such as lifting a leg, at least one muscle has to move. Otherwise, nothing happens. To move with gravity, such as letting a leg drop down, whatever muscles that were holding the leg up just have to relax or stop contracting... and the leg will drop. ...Read more

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Strained my muscle/tendon, specif. Arnd semitendinosus tendon area I think, near the inner and back of my right knee when I stretch out my leg to run?

Let it rest: Hamstring muscle/ tendon strains esp.@ the knee take a while to heal. If you strained your "semi- t" then rest, ice, compression, elevation (rice) is appropriate acutely. Avoid running or other activities which will aggravate it. The biggest mistake I see in athletes is coming back to soon after a hamstring injury. There is no substitute for rest. U may be able to swim or ex. Bike w/o re-injury. ...Read more

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When I stretch my left leg I get a stinging pain in my heel. I broke my left ankle some years back and pulled the ligaments and tendons in my foot.

Think back...: Although the first thought may be to link the past ankle and foot trauma to your heel pain now. One can never be to sure about these things as there may be a some involvement with your back, specifically, the lower spine. This also could be the true reason for the heel pain. To get to nitty gritty, so to speak, a thorough lower back and leg evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male

Left leg flex-or tendon unresponsive, when seated or standing or walking unable to point toes/foot upwards using muscles/tendons partial loss of sensation in left leg from knee down, causing embarrassing limp, 25 year old male

This: This sounds like a serious issue that should be evaluated in-person by a qualified physician! If your weakness was sudden, there are numerous possible causes, most importantly associated with your nervous system. It does not sound like you had a trauma, so muscle-or-tendon ruptures are unlikely.
The most common reason for this problem is an acute disc herniation in the lumbar spine, that can occur without back pain or even any kind of bending/lifting injury. This causes nerve compression that gives patients typically radiating leg pain, numbness and weakness. The muscles that are associated with each lumbar spine level need to be tested individually during a good physical examination, and the distribution of your numbness should be traced. That can often lead to a pretty good diagnosis, even before imaging studies are done.
You will probably need a set of standing lumbar x-rays and then possibly an MRI of your back to determine the real cause of the problem. There could be an inflammatory problem with onevof your nerves in the buttock or leg, although that is not as common as nerve root compression in the lower spine.
Very rarely can individual nerve roots be affected with a disease inside of the cauda equina, the lower part of your nervous system inside of the lumbar spine, so that is unlikely. Even more rare would be a spinal cord problem higher up in the spine, or some kind of stroke inside of your brain, so that would not be the first thing your doctor will be looking for.
Make sure you tell your physician as clear as you can when the problem started, where you feel weak, and where the numbness is (front, side, back of the lower leg?). Associated fever, chills, recent weight loss and problems with urination are important to convey to your doctor also. Do not wait too long to go see someone.
Hopefully you can be treated with a course of anti-inflammatory medicines (similar to ibuprofen) and maybe physical therapy to see if things improve. Even with weakness, there is no good evidence for early surgery, as most patients -even if they were weak for a long time from nerve-root compression- eventually regain their strength just fine.
Depending on the evaluation and possible MRI scan, do not let yourself get scared into surgery right away; try non-operative treatments first. If things do not improve, and there is indeed a significant amount of nerve compression in the lumbar spine, surgery might be the answer, and it is often very successful for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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My ankle hurts. Should I see a doctor? I broke my ankle/leg a year ago and I was supposed to see if I tore any tendons/ligaments..... But my orthopedist never got me an appointment to... My ankle always hurts especially after I exercise... It starts to

My ankle hurts. Should I see a doctor? I broke my ankle/leg a year ago and I was supposed to see if I tore any tendons/ligaments..... But my orthopedist never got me an appointment to... My ankle always hurts especially after I exercise... It starts to

I: I agree with dr. Fowler, and suggest you get your ankle checked out.

In terms of which type of doctor to see, you have a choice between an orthopedic surgeon and a podiatrist, as this falls into both areas.

Why not go back to the doctor who saw you initially last year? He/she has the unique ability to know how your ankle was a year ago, which may be of help in treating it now.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Ant tib rupture missed last Oct. Now scarred down lengthened -weakened muscle use. Can tendon be fixed this late? Pain leg/arch tenosynovitis post tib

Maybe: Usually muscles shorten, or contract. It is rare for a muscle to heal lengthened after a tear or rupture. Repair is possible but has a lower chance of success this late. Tendon transfer has a better chance of success. You need a thorough evaluation by a foot specialist ...Read more

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Any conditions where "muscle"/cartilage/ligament pain is localized in mult spots thru body- ribs, back, shldr blades, hips, leg? Neg 4 RA/osteo/fibro.

Any conditions where "muscle"/cartilage/ligament pain is localized in mult spots thru body- ribs, back, shldr blades, hips, leg? Neg 4 RA/osteo/fibro.

See rheumatologist: Have you seen a board certified rheumatologist? There are sero-negative arthropathies (conditions that test negative in lab test. Do you live around deer-lynes disease is another condition -if worked up by above and a negative, reccomed staying as physically active as possible and if persists 3-4 months seek a second opinion ...Read more

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Why am I having compression fractures in my spine along with pain in pelvic area, muscle spasms in feet, legs, and tendon area?

Why am I having compression fractures in my spine along with pain in pelvic area, muscle spasms in feet, legs, and tendon area?

See your doctor: All those symptoms appear unrelated. It is very unusual for someone of your age to have spinal compression fractures without significant trauma. So if you really do have compression fractures, you need to find out what is causing those fractures? You will need to undergo a physical exam, and various diagnostic work-up, to understand what's is causing these issues. ...Read more

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31-34 wk preg, 48 hrs of achey leg muscles, hard tummy, back strain, hip/ligament pain from spreading, but reg baby movement. Normal to feel like this?

31-34 wk preg, 48 hrs of achey leg muscles, hard tummy, back strain, hip/ligament pain from spreading, but reg baby movement. Normal to feel like this?

Please call your OB: Everything you are describing you can get except your abdominal area should not be hard, please call your OB to make sure that your OB does not want you to be checked to r/o premature labor or other, a person that does pregnancy message should be bale to help with all the other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best recommended vitamin that helps support muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve conduct?

Generic answer: The basic vitamins that seem to have most to do with neuromuscular function include many of the b complex especially b-12, b-1, b-6 and folate. Vitamin d levels are best kept in the high normal range. ...Read more

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I pulled my trapezius muscle 5 months again. Still getting a lot of snapping from the tendons/ligaments. Is this normal and how long before that stops

I pulled my trapezius muscle 5 months again. Still getting a lot of snapping from the tendons/ligaments. Is this normal and how long before that stops

Not normal: Any minor issues should be resolved long ago. With continued problems you should have the issue evaluated by an orthopedist. If there is no pain, then I would suggest ignoring the snapping. ...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


Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more