Ankle Injury, Please help me!

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  1. Hi,

    I would be massively grateful if anybody can help me with an injury that I have picked up.

    I’m 19-year-old Ocdt and in training for the London Marathon for the Army Benevolant Fund, approximately in mid-December I twisted my ankle while running, rolling my foot clockwise if the axis runs from the back to the front of my foot. I finished my run without any problems, but was in a lot of pain the next day. I left it over Christmas and stopped training entirely. However when I started running a few weeks later my ankle was still giving me lots of problems. I saw a doctor and started seeing a physio and am currently taking anti-inflammatorys. Under the guidance of a physio I have started running again for 20 minutes every 3 days, however my ankle still hurts. Furthermore a specific part of my ankle still hurts when pressed even now (please see below for specifics). It always hurts when pressed but more so for up to 24 hours after a run. The point that hurts when pressed is very specific and about the size of a 1p coin. It does not hurt to press above or below that point.

    The area of pain is indicated by a blue ring in the pictures attatched, it is just above the ankle joint.

    From what I have worked out it appears to be either the Peroneus Brevis, or Peroneus Longus.

    Any help explaining while it still hurts would be greatly appreciated, as well as recovery info or any other relevant info.

    I happen to live near Selly Oak, so if anyone fancys having a closer look I would be more than happy to oblige!


    Too Tall

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  2. Two brufen and some tubigrip should see you right. If it still hurts in the morning i'll give you a chitty! :wink:
  3. You think you've got problems? Try talking to Eduardo from Arsenal.

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  4. Seek physio advice on this asap. It could be as simple as an insert in your running shoes.
  5. Thanks for the help so far, although some posts have been more useful than others! I am currently seeing a physio who has given me some exercises and some stretching to do but, in reality she has not been a massive help. I’m keen to know exactly what is going on in my ankle and was hoping someone here might be able to give me some rough advice i.e. the pain could be the result of scar tissue which formed after the twist, and then a rough timeframe for recovery judging on past experiences, and whether in such instances it is ok to keep running in moderation.

    The Physio did mention I might need orthotics, but it would probably cost upwards of 250 quid, money I don’t have. Also I used to run long distance with no problems before the twist.

    Thanks Again,

  6. did you rest your ankle for 6 weeks post injury ?
  7. Yeah, well kind of. I still walked and tried a couple of small runs because the doctor I saw said it would probably be ok to do so. The runs resulted in a massive increase in pain in the area. The runs I’m doing now only make a very slight difference.

    Is it possible that the very specific and localised nature of the pain could be the result of a partial tear of the ligaments or tendons in that area?

  8. I'm in Selly Oak! About as central as you can get!
  9. Sorry matey,

    Haven't read all your posts because I was flicking through a number of threads.

    You need a second opinion though, my youngest child has just been deferred for a similar injury and is receiving first class treatment from the RN guy.
  10. TT - for flying christ's sake, get a proper sports physio, pay for a scan, get the orthotic insoles. Do WHATEVER YOU CAN DO to get youself back on the horse. Even if it means taking out a buckshee-ish insurance policy to sort the treatment out.

    This callsign has possible arthritis art 22 thanks to a similar injury that I didn't get properly seen to at the time because I was a student - and couldn't afford it. Keep doing non-impact exercise - I found swimming helped (though it didn't really compare to ten milers). This is very much a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do post. I don't want to sound melodromatic in this, but I got downhearted, lazy and my morale was lower than a submarine's shithouse (loath to use the term 'depression') but it wouldn't be an understatement to say that every day, without fail, I remember the life I led before I did my ankle in. KEEP UP THE PHYS, and don't DONT get caught into thinking 'itt'l never heal' (no matter what frucking NHS witch-doctors tell you). Good luck mate, I can sympathise fully with what's happened, just don't make the same fcukups I did.

  11. Cheers for the advice, I completely understand your point re. depression. I'm getting properly down about my ankle. Its been 3 months and dosent appear to be getting better. I've had to pass up an oppotunity to do P-Coy, and might have to defer entry to Sandhurst.

    I'm gonna speak to a proper sports physio tommorow if I can afford it time wise.

    Cheers Again,

  12. I believe that that's known 'in the trade' as fraud. It's a bit like theft, but no doubt much more socially acceptable in some quarters.

    It's entirely incompatible with holding the Queen's Commission, lest there be any doubt whatsoever.
  13. I had pretty bad ankle injuries and saw an osteopath - he was quick to diagnose it as cartelidge (sp?) damage and gave me appropriate exercises/movements to do in order to sort it out.

    Doctors tend to just fob you off with "Sports injury." which is about as generic as it gets.
  14. I agree with several others here. Both my achilles went rotten on me after years of heavy tabs with heavier packs, and though your problem does not seem to be the tendon, the lesson I learned after years of poorly-informed non-specialist medical attention may be of use to you:

    * Find out all you can for yourself from t'Internet, esp. forums, chats, blogs, so you get other sufferers' perspectives, stories and information.

    * Go armed with all you know to the medics, do not be fobbed off with pills, and insist on a referral TO ...

    * (Key point) a specialist sports injury consultant. These are rare but about 1000% more useful than non-experts.

    It's amazing, and utterly gutting, just how much seemingly minor ankle problems can screw you up. Do whatever it takes to sort it or you will be so, so sorry .... may I wish you good luck!