Cracking and popping inner left ankle above foot. Severe achilles pain that comes and goes in left posterior ankle.

by Jess

For about 6 months I have experienced constant cracking/popping in my left inner ankle area at times causeing pain. In the past two months have been experiencing severe pain in the outside posterior region of my left ankle that comes and goes.

When the pain occurs I have minimal to no movement of my foot, its like it just locks up. It is extremely painful to stand, walk, or attempt to stretch out.

It is somewhat relieved if I squeeze the achilles tendant. Ice and oral NSAID' have little to no affect. I am a nurse and on my feet constantly.

Any suggestions?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Jess. Thanks for all the details.

Some Questions.

1. How did you ice it, that had no effect. How, and how much?

2. What does if feel like when it's hard to stretch out the ankle.

3. Describe the pain in greater detail. Who, how, what, when, where.

4. 10 hour shifts, yes? How is it on your feet all day? Hurt during, hurt after?

5. Say more about comes and goes.

6. Describe 'severe' pain.

7. Any previous injury to the area, etc?

8. Age?

9. Overall health?

10. Does anything specific start a bout of severe pain? And, how long does it last? Does it just go away on it's own?

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Jul 23, 2018
Achilles pain and tight joint
by: Patti

Hi I have this pain in my left Achilles’ tendon. And I been limping for 1 1.5 months.

Don’t remember having a injury It feels like I have to separate the joints by pressing heel hard to floor and pull back in my heel and hope to get a crack or relief. If I flex foot the pain is higher. Tha pain is mostly posterior past ankle region but deep inside I even squeeze it to get some relief.

Most of the time it doesn’t seem to go away unless I stay off it but then I get tight muscle spasms (Charlie horses). I am a nurse too and use to standing on my feet with good shoes and compression socks.

I don’t remember having an injury at all and don’t know why this would suddenly occur. But If i wear flip flops or walk too long the pain is horrible. Tried Motrin with tiny relief and ice helps but one the coldness goes away it back.

Any suggestions...should I tape it and wait and hope for relief ???


Joshua Comments:

"should I tape it and wait and hope for relief ???"

God no. Rest is a terrible strategy. Because it won't work.

It sounds like you have a normal tendonitis dynamic. Things get tight and painful a little bit, comes and goes, gets worse. Then you realize it's not just going to go away, and you don't know how to fix it.

Tendonitis is tendonitis, no matter where it shows up.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Lack of nutrition causes tightness and cramps.

Tight muscles causes joint compression and achilles pain and inflammation process.

Inflammation process eats up nutrition, makes muscles tighter, and releases pain enhancing chemical which increases pain levels.

All of that feeds on itself to maintain and increase symptoms over time.

I could offer a couple tips and tricks, but it wouldn't do justice. You have a multifactored problem, you need a complete plan of attack.

I suggest you get the Reversing Achilles Tendonitis program. It shows you how to decrease pain, decrease inflammation process, decrease muscle tightness, decrease nutritional insufficiency.

Said another way, it shows you how to get your lower leg working properly again, and that's what gets rid of pain (ultimately). Might as well fix the problem instead of just try to get rid of pain and leave all the causes in place (rest, anti-inflammatories, etc).

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