Possible Achilles Tendonitis, 25yrs old
see the achilles tendonitis lump? above the wrinkly bent part of the ankle
Hi, my name is Sandra. I'm 25 yrs old and currently live in east Texas.
One day I noticed my right ankle was making a popping sound when i walked but it didn't hurt. I felt it but it didn't hurt so i ignored it.
About a couple of weeks ago, my right ankle started hurting a little and I ignored it. That was on a Saturday. By Sunday it got a little more intense but not enough to keep me from walking.
Tuesday morning I woke up and I had to limp to walk but the pain wasn't on my ankle, it was on the back of my leg between my calf and heel (about 5 inches above from where my tendon is attached to my heel). I kept walking on it all day because I work.
On Wednesday I went to the doc (general MD). He checked for a clogged vein by moving around my foot and applying pressure to my leg (didn't hurt)so he thought it was a muscle strain.
Gave me meds (anti-inflammatories) and a sheet of paper with the RICE method. I didn't take the meds and only rested my leg when I could.
The pain seemed to be going away on it's own. I had to work on Saturday that week and did a lot more walking and standing than normal because we held a special event at work.
By the end of that day, I got home and couldn't walk (I could but with a lot of pain and discomfort in that same area). So I decided to lay on the couch for the rest of the day.
On Sunday I took it easy, but went with my husband to the store, and found my self limping badly on it so we decided to go home. I sat down and layed around for the rest of the day.
Come Monday morning, I could barely walk on that leg when I got out of bed. Called in to work and went to the doctor(the same one).
By the time I got to the doctor I could walk a little better on it. He told me to take the meds and again gave me the same sheet. I asked him if he thought it was my tendon and he said no.
I took the meds that afternoon and Tuesday morning seemed to help but had to stop taking them because they were hurting my stomach, my heart was spreading and I felt week.
Called the doc and he prescribed tramadol which is only for pain, which I'm not taking because I don't want to eliminate pain and hurt my leg even more.
Wednesday I borrowed a crutch to be able to move around. I was able to walk more but might of overdone it because today it's worse. To top it of, my other leg is now starting to bother me the same way my right leg started.
I don't see any visible inflammation and when I press on my tendon it doesn't hurt until I get closer to the calf muscle and apply significant pressure. My calf muscle doesnt feel sore. But if i apply pressure with my thumb on the back of
my calf and push deep that does hurt, but i don't know if it's normal or not.
When I pull my heel into the back of my leg I see a lump on my Achilles tendon. Is that normal?
I'll try to send a picture if I can. I asked my co-worker to do the same and I didn't see the same thing happen.
When I first get out of bed the back of my leg between the calf and heel feels stiff.
Throughout the day it hurts when I walk. Pain goes away when I rest and stop walking. After resting it doesn't hurt as bad when I initially start walking but the more i use it the more it hurts.
More info. I don't exercise regularly. I didn't do anything or don't remember doing anything to injure my leg. I eat like a normal person, but nothing special. Chicken, red meat, some vegetables not so much fruit, fiber cereals for the am and pm. My big meal is at lunch. My height is 5'2" and I weigh 136 lbs.
I recently had a kidney stone removed and I drink more water now than what i did before but it might not be enough. (2 litters of water) The doc that removed the stone wants me to drink 3 or more.
I really hope you can help me and I'm sorry for the long LONG e-mail. I just wanted to provide as much information as possible. I'm scared to walk on it too much and cause a rupture. Thank you so much for your help in advance.
No need to apologize. The longer the better, the more detail the better. You have given me plenty to digest.
It sounds like Achilles Tendonitis
, but....I don't think repetitive motion is the culprit.
Certainly there is a big Pain Causing Dynamic
and Process of Inflammation
Let me think about it as you answer the below questions.
1. Any other health issues?
2. How much time do you spend getting actual sunshine on your skin?
3. History of any other medications/anti-biotics? (there's antibiotics out there that cause tendon degeneration and rupture.)
4. Describe your work, it sounds like a lot of walking and standing? How long have you been doing that?
5. Do you have a history of running types of sports?
Age 25 is theoretically WAY to young for this, but the U.S. diet and lifestyle is causing this kind of injury to show up earlier and earlier.
Maybe it's classic Achilles Tendinitis, maybe it's partly degeneration from not enough nutrition.
Answer the above questions, and let's get this figured out.
Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com