Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendonitis in both feet pain won't go away after some time

by Jess



Hello.

My name is Jess and I was first misdiagnosed by 2 doctors saying I had achilles tendonitis and calf strain, for 2 weeks I did the RICE protocol that did nothing.

I was examined by a foot/ankle specialist and he told me FHL tendonitis, by overuse and by the fact that I have been unconditioned due to other illnesses.

I have been in PT for about 4 weeks for this using ultrasound and deep tissue massage, but i have to take painkillers to even go out. The pain then returns once they wear off and the pain in the side of my ankles is so severe, it hurts to walk.

I am trying to rest my feet for a few weeks, the hardest thing about this kind of tendinitis is that you have to use your feet even to shower, go to the kitchen etc.

I used a tens unit and overstimulated the muscles in my ankles and probably tendons. Is resting my legs the way to go? How do I get out of this inflammatory state? The pain has not subsided now for over 6 weeks. I am afraid by overdoing the tens I caused the muscles in my ankle area to tighten and am not sure what to do.

thank you jess

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Joshua Answers:

Hello Jess.

That sounds like a lot of pain the last 6 weeks.

I have some questions and then I'd be happy to help.

1. Both legs, yes?

2. Where exactly does it hurt? Feet, calves, shins, up higher? Please describe in as much detail as possible.

3. Does it hurt constantly, all the time? Just when you're on your feet? Comes and goes. Intense sometimes, less intense the rest of the time? Please give me a more complete picture.

4. How old are you? Age doesn't play a factor, really, but it is a valuable clue and can lead to other important questions.

5. Does the massage help for a while? The skill level of every therapist is different, but does working the legs help with the pain for some length of time?

6. You used a tens unit and that started the pain, or you have started using it since you've been in pain. I'm not clear exactly what's going on there.

7. Did you do something that brought this on? You said you were 'unconditioned', which I take to mean 'out of shape'. Did you go do something athletic and now have pain? Say more about what activity might have helped cause this.

The Flexor Hallucis Longus muscle is deep in the structure, and does a lot of work. I'm curious if that is the only problem muscle...

Answer the above questions to give me a better idea of what's going on, add as much detail as you can, and let's get started on getting you back on your feet.

Literally.



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PART 2 Flexor Hallicus Longus Tendonitis
by: Anonymous

1. Both legs, yes?

YES, it is in both legs.

2. Where exactly does it hurt?

It hurts at the sides of the ankles the most, and then radiates pain once in a while to feet.

3. Does it hurt constantly, all the time?

It hurts less when i lay down, most when I stand up, walk, am on my feet, it is there all of the time, except sleeping.

4. How old are you? Age doesn't play a factor, really, but it is a valuable clue and can lead to other important questions.

I am 40, had been active all my life, but since July 08 have had a series of illness and injury that left me somewhat deconditioned."

5. Does the massage help for a while?

The deep tissue is sore the day of, but helps a few days after.

6. You used a tens unit and that started the pain, or you have started using it since you've been in pain. I'm not clear exactly what's going on there.

The Tens unit caused more pain, as the intensity was too high and muscle contractions made my ankles more sore, possibly putting my tendons and muscles in an inflammatory state. This was only done 2 weeks ago.

7. Did you do something that brought this on?

I was training for a triathalon when in July 08 I came down with pudendal neuralgia, a nerve condition, was later in a car accident with back probelms, and thus was not used to being off of my feet for so long.

Jess

Dec 04, 2010
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same symptoms - Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendonitis in both feet pain won't go away after some time
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same thing, what did you find out Jesse, I have had ultrasound, physio, acupuncture,taping for over a year and am now in a foot brace. what is this?

My feet are still killing me a month now in brace.




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resolution
by: rob

did it ever get fixed?

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Tendonitis surgery FHL 8/29/2014
by: Erica

Partial Flexor Hallucis Longus tear and I have been a runner for many years.

I am 47 and I have tendonitis is both Achilles with my left foot the worse. It's been a year with no recovery and so much pain when I am active during the day.

My left Achilles' tendon is very swollen and a huge lump.

I'm going in Friday 8/29/2014 for a FHL transfer to Achilles .

I'm scared , please share let me know what to expect ...


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Joshua Comments:

Hi Erica.

I'm just getting to your post now.

Give us an update on what happened and where you're at, and we'll go from there.




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