I have had pain in my ankle and outer leg, the paroneal tendon I'm guessing

by Lucero
(Auburn, Massachusetts)

I have been having this pain in my ankle and outer left leg for a little over three months. I have done just about everything I could do. It is definitely not unbearable pain, but it is tender and ver uncomfortable at this point. I just don't want to feel like this anymore. I don't want it to be an issue anymore!

At first I really believed it was a shin splint or a stress fracture in my left tibia, but everything seemed fine in the MRI. Now I am starting to think it was never a shin splint and really muscular or something wrong with the tendon?

When I jump my left is extremely weak, well the ankle is at least. The pain is in my ankle and goes up the outside of my leg. What should I do?

I just want to run without having to worry about this constantly? Will it take a long time. I mean it's already been three months. Is that normal? In the beginning I even took a lot of time off and gave the leg or ankle a good rest. I don't have a clue what the problem is. Do you have any answers and suggestions for me?


Joshua Answers:

Well, I don't have answers or suggestions yet, but I will after you answer more questions.

:) Let's jump right to it.

1. Is the structure actually weak, or does it just feel weak?

2. If you lift your right leg,
can you raise yourself up on your left foot/toes, like a 'calf raise'?

3. Does it hurt when you use your ankle, or when you are at rest, or both?

4. You said run and jump. What activities have you been doing/do you do?

5. Did some specific event start this, or did it come on slowly over time?

6. Where exactly is the 'outer leg' pain? Upper leg, lower leg?

7. Any pain anywhere else?

8. Where exactly in the ankle, where exactly in the outer leg? Have you tracked it down in an anatomy book/picture?

9. How old are you?

10. Please describe you pain/symptoms in as much detail as possible.

Lucero, let's get this Tendonitis problem figured out. Keep in mind, there are a lot of different Leg Pain Causes.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Jul 31, 2009
PART 2 - I have had pain in my ankle and outer leg, the paroneal tendon I'm guessing
by: Lucero

Your question about my leg really being weak or not was a good question.

I actually think it's not as weak as I might think it is, but it does feel weak here and there. Not at all times of the day. Yes, I can lift my left leg up like a calf raise, there's a bit of soreness on the outer leg though.

My ankle hurts only after doing a lot of activity, like dancing, and in dance I do a lot of jumping and leaps.

I run everday, but not far. Usually just three to four miles at the most four miles. I know that the pain came on slowly and overtime. The outer leg pain is very low, right near the ankle area. There is no pain anywhere else.

I looked up what tendon it was and it said paroneal tendon, but I had never heard about this before until I started getting the pain in that area.

My pain feels more like a nagging pain, and a lot of soreness. Although there's no swelling. I am nineteen years old.

Thank you for your consideration Joshua.



Joshua Comments:

I'm glad you're paying attention to this.

While pain has a way of showing up and then going away, nagging pain like you are describing, especially when Tendonitis and Tendonitis dynamic, tends to eventually just get worse, or at least stay nagging or worse.

Peroneal Tendonitis develops due to a range of factors, including use, fatigue, muscle and connective tissue health and tone, etc.

Still at 19, you having this issue makes me wonder about the underlying health of your tissue, nutritionally.

It could be you just dance a lot, and that puts a certain strain on your system. Which I'm sure is the case, but I'm guessing that if you bolster your nutritional intake and ice to get the inflammation out, that will likely do the trick and support you in being pain free in the future.

I have to run right now, check back today or tomorrow for my suggestions on what to do next.

Shouldn't take much, but it will take something.

Jul 31, 2009
PART 3 - Pointing in the right direction
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Ok, I'm going to refer to a previous conversation and save myself some typing.

Read through the thread at peroneal-tendonitis-from-too-much-road-walking.

That is essentially what I would tell you.

Ice Massage. Massage.

Read that, then come back with any questions.

One of the questions will be something about what area to work on.

We'll get to that. Read first.

May 17, 2013
right outside leg calf down to ankle
by: Anonymous

i have pain starting outer right leg from bend of knee to ankle. i do have some spider veins in creaseof right outer calf. had sonogram showed no bloodclots.


Joshua Comments:

Ruling out blood clot is super important. Spider veings aren't a problem, but they are a clue towards nutritional issues and various other factors.

Describe the pain in great detail; location, duration, sensation, etc.

Jul 18, 2013
Ankle pain shoots up outer leg
by: MomOfTEH

I'm on day two of this ankle pain. Out of no where yesterday my ankle starting hurting (about a level 5) to the point I'm limping. As the day progessed on the pain shoots up my outer leg.

The ankle pain is in the area where the outer bone kind of juts out. It's right in that area and then right above the little bone. The pain will shoot about half way up my outer leg.

I just joined a gym about 2 weeks ago. Mostly treadmill at the moment. I started out slow as to not hurt myself or burn out. I didn't notice injury at any one point.

Like I said, it came on out of the blue. Any ideas? Not sure if I should wait several more days and see how it goes or go ahead and have it looked at. Oh, it's not as bad when I'm sitting down. Just naggy.


Joshua Comments:

Well, it never really comes on out of the blue. There's always a process going on underneath the surface of the skin that is either getting better or getting worse.

Muscles get tighter and tighter, connective tissue gets tighter and tighter, more nutrition gets used up, and it all goes downhill from there.

Unless you have a fracture or a tendon tear or some such, doctors will just tell you to give it Rest, Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen, splints and braces, then later more of the same plus Corticosteroid Injections and more extreme attempts to fix the problem (that are doomed to fail). Physical therapy will be recommended, and that may or may not help, depending.

Nov 23, 2018
Lower leg pain returning to dance
by: Anonymous

I've just recently sprained my right ankle and had to take off of my Irish dance classes and competitions. About a month ago I started slowly returning, now I'm taking full hour and half classes.

Yesterday I had a class and now my LEFT lower leg is hurting on the outside. It hurts close to the bone and feels like the pain is on a tendon. I can raise up on my toes and it doesn't hurt when I'm not moving. When I walk I feel a slight pain there. I have tried dancing on it but it feels slightly impossible. I know that this is probably some type of overuse injury. I hope you can help. P.s. sorry if I'm writing this in the wrong place.


Joshua Comments:

Hi anonymous, this is a good place.

So...what are you doing for selfcare etc to try and prevent/fix this, if anything?

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