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They did an ultrasound of my achilles this morning. The radiologist said that as far as he could tell, it looked fine, with no obvious calcification or tearing. And now I'm totally confused: if there's no sign of any damage to it, except the normal wear and tear, then why am I constantly in pain? Why, when I get up in the morning, can I not stretch my leg, or put my heel to the floor? Why do I always need some 10 minutes to warm up? Why, if I sit down for any length of time, and then get up again, do I stumble and limp for a while before I get back into my stride? Why is there this constant dull pain in my calf, and can't I push off or stand on tiptoe with my left foot? If it's not my achilles, then what. the. hell. is it?



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Jan. 17th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Is it the ankle you damaged at the club? Because it could be related to that injury and have nothing to do with any measurable damage.

I still get gyp from the ankle I broke nearly ten years ago and I have trouble balancing on that foot for some tai chi sword moves. I also get 'ghost pain' from the scar from a motorcyle accident 30 years ago. I suspect the ankle weakness is the lack of doing the strengthening excercises but haven't a clue about the leg pain (same leg) in the scar region.
Jan. 17th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
As a matter of fact, it is the same leg on which I've damaged the ankle (which by the way, is pretty much healed now)...but unfortunately, this problem predates that injury. It started with a massive recurring tendonitis way back in 1997, a sports injury gained in competitive fencing. At least, it was diagnosed as such at the time, and I received treatment in the form of physio and medication for it, and it improved until it reached a certain plateau, and then all progress stopped. In the end, I had to give up fencing.

Since then, I've had several periods in which the pain has come and gone, and it has felt like and I have thought of it as phantom pain, also because no amount of physio (and I've had lots) has ever been able to alleviate it...but last year, it's been especially bad, which is why I decided to mention it to my GP again. But even though she could see me limp into her surgery, she couldn't actually feel anything wrong with it (not that she was pressing where I told her it hurt) and so she sent me to have the ultrasound today. Seems like that was a waste of time, too -- and now I feel so embarrassed because they're obviously going to conclude that I'm making the whole thing up, and I still won't get to the bottom of this.

Meanwhile, my limp has caused me to compensate with my other leg, and now my right hip and knee are protesting from overuse. They're very painful at the moment as well, since they've had to carry all my weight for the past year.
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe you need some new shoes?
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Hee. I've already got my eye on a pair of purple pumps! ;-)
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
::eye roll::
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
This might be a totally dumb question, but did you get checked out for plantars fasciitis? Much of what you've described sounds exactly like PF.

PF really doesn't have anything directly to do with the achilles, but is caused when the plantar fascia (the tendon band that connects your toes to your heel) gets irritated, inflamed and swollen, caused by itty bitty tears forming in the tendon.

I don't want to clog up your comment area, but feel free to contact me if you need or want some help figuring out where to go from here.


**I worked for 5 years in an Athletic shoe store, and they trained us very well when it came to foot issues and proper fitting, shoe tech and all that jazz. I also had a number of athletes that were loyal to me at both of my stores (2 stores, 1 company), so I don't mind saying that I know what I'm talking about :)
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
No, no I haven't been tested for plantar fasciitis (yet)...I've just looked it up online and it does sound similar in in its symptoms, except for one: it isn't my foot that hurts. The problem I'm having feels to be located in the lower 4 inches of the back of my leg, with its epicentre an inch or so higher than the doctors keep checking. My heel and the arch and ball of my foot don't hurt at all....shouldn't they do if it was PF?
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hm...definitely a mystery. Maybe seeing someone who specializes in sports medicine could give you a different perspective, and maybe see something that your other doctors missed (regardless of whether or not you are an athlete)

Have you had your gait checked for over-pronation (rolling inwards) or supination (rolling outwards)? That can certainly affect the calves.

Have you been looked over for a leg length discrepancy?

**One does not have to be overweight to have PF. Just wanted to throw that in there.**
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
I have been seen by a specialist in sports medicine, but that's close on 10 years ago...I was kinda hoping I could be referred to him again.

And apparently, I have exemplary gait! Or, I would have if I wasn't limping.

But thanks for all your suggestions, they do help to rule out a couple of things. ;-)
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Eh, no worries. If you ever do figure out what it is, let us know. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm damn curious. LoL

Jan. 18th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
I don't have anything useful to add except that I don't think it's plantar fasciitis (which I had when I was heavy.) I sympathize, though, and concur with Bogwitch that new shoes are always a good idea.

Love your shoe banner, BTW.
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
I don't know what it is either, but at least now I know why doing the exercises my physiotherapist recommended don't seem to make a blind bit of diference. I'll see if my GP has any more ideas when I talk to her on Monday.

Love your shoe banner, BTW.

It's the original from which this shoe icon was made. hesadevil kindly lent it to me, it's one of her photographs.
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
I hope you can get some answers soon.
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you, so do I.
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Aww...I'm sorry about their inability to find what's bothering you!
Man! Modern medicine should really be able to do better than that.

I really hope they'll have some more inspired ideas to find out why you're in pain.
Jan. 20th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I can ring for the results on Tuesday...I'm curious to see if they can come up with any new ideas! ;-)
Jan. 20th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I will kep my fingers crossed that they will come up with some GOOD new ideas. Ah well, docs...

I have a mysterious pain in my knee that keeps bothering me too but I've given up since the doctors I have seen by now, have never been able to suggest anything useful.

Jan. 20th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Are you still doing you ankle exercises daily? This is vital because you've obviously injured that leg even before the accident in the club and you'll need to constantly keep working to keep the flex and mobility.

I broke my leg and ankle in several places and snapped my achiles tendon back in 1999 and even now if I miss a single day of the exercises I'm hobbling and in pain but if I keep up with them it's much better.

Even with the exercises I've lost some flexibility, the false ankle joint doesn't move like a real joint and the foot doesn't bend and flex like it should , plus it's still super sensitive and hurts like buggery in wet weather , but the exercises help that too.

It was explained to me that physio would need to be daily and lifelong and that certainly seems to be the case.. I'm wondering if that's the case with you too

Also vary your heel heights , if you wear high heels one day wear flats the next and try to walk barefoot around the house as much as you can.

And when you're playing on you computer or watching TV rotate that ankle and stretch and flex that foot!

Jan. 20th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
You know, I think you may be on to something...Much as I would like to report that I'm really good about doing my exercises, the reality is that I often forego them in favour of other things. However, even with my haphazard regime, I have managed to regain almost 90% of my former flexibility.

I'm starting to vary my heel heights again, too -- my ankle has now regained enough strength and stability to cope with a 2 inch heel, and walking in heels is definitely more comfortable than walking in flats.

Thanks for your advice: I will make veery effort to follow it from this day forward!
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
It can't hurt and it may help. I just fit the exercises in whilst I'm doing other things.

I can wear up to a 3.5 inch heel now but as soon as I get home I kick them off and walk barefoot then make sure that I wear a lower heel or flats the next day

also I try to wear boots with good ankle support as often as possible.

I think that the key is to remember that these things never really heal and need constant work :)

Good luck!
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