Possible Peroneal Tendon damage after rolling my left ankle

by oscar

Mid September 2010: Rolled my left ankle outward....MRI showed cartilage damage that would require arthroscopic microsurgery.

January 2011: Surgery performed. On crutches for four weeks.

It is now mid March and though I can walk with mild discomfort, my major complaint isn't resolved.

My main complaint was a burning pain in the crevice just in front of the bony knob of my outside left foot.

The pain extends under the bony knob towards my Achilles. The pain would intensify with increased walking to the point where I could hardly walk.

I mentioned this to my doctor and he states the MRI doesn't show any other problems. I wonder if an ultrasound would show a small tear or anything to explain this. I am now at six months since my injury and the issue is still there.

I would appreciate any advice ...



Joshua Answers:

Hello Oscar.

The first thing to do is to determine how much injury there is, as opposed to how much pain is coming from the ongoing Process of Inflammation.

Maybe you still have actual damage/injury, I don't know. Doctors tend to be a bit one dimensional...if they don't see anything on an MRI that would cause pain then they're going to believe that you can't really be experiencing any pain.

But just like there are There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis, there are two types of pain.

Pain with damage, and pain without damage.

Some or all of your pain is because pain
enhancing chemical from the inflammation process is packed into the dense sponge of your tendon/cartilage/connective tissue.

This sends damage signal to your nervous system, which responds with more muscle tightness and more pain enhancing chemical.

1. Feel around and see if the painful spot correlates to where a tendon runs through.

2. Learn How To Reduce Inflammation and do that. A lot. Get a frozen water bottle and rub it all around the area, and up the lower leg too.

Let me know about #1, do #2 seriously and a lot for a full 7 days, then let me know how that goes.

Depending on the results you get, that will give us good information.

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.
The Tendonitis Expert

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