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Trouble with Achilles and ankles that I tried to address and have recently have been trying to ignore, but . . .

Posted by Nancy S. on 6/22/00 at 21:59 (022258)

Hi all,
My PF 'proper' has been making good progress since Birkenstocks, bromelain, ditching orthotics, 3-month rest during which I also swam and stretched some.
I think it's been over two months since I came out of the rest and started trying to get back to semi-normal activity (if I can remember what that is). This means that for the past couple of months I have been working on antiquing for about 4 hours some days, and some days mostly resting because some of those 4-hour days told me I'd overdone it. But even on non-painfree days, the heel pain has been way down from what it was before I found the Scott's site in December.
However: Since I started more activity, the Achilles tendon has been tender, and the area between that and my ankle has been swollen and sore (both inner and outer ankle, but mostly inner). Sometimes it spreads along the whole low side of my foot. On a day of rest this is minimal but still there. On a more active day, it results in a lot of stiffness and tenderness and very noticeable swelling. I gave up any stretching because it wasn't helping and I was afraid it was making it worse. I guess I am guilty of trying to ignore it lately -- who needs more foot problems -- but last night it was painful and swollen enough that even ice didn't help; it hurt, in fact. I couldn't even find the Achilles amidst the swelling to wiggle it, as Alan suggested I do and which sometimes helped for a little bit.
My husband noticed that my foot near the ankle and along the inner edge of the foot looked discolored -- nothing dramatic, but it doesn't look right. Today I feel some of this happening in my right (non-PF) foot.
I'm quite sure this isn't TTS -- I have no numbness or tingling or burning or shooting pains; it feels more achy and tender than anything else.
Besides any other advice anyone has to offer, which I'm always eager for, my question is this: Should I See a doctor? (Oh no.) Most of you know I have an ex-pod who I wouldn't take money from, never mind pay him. (He made me so incredibly fond of foot doctors . . . I'm just dying to go to another one.) We lost our insurance, so what I'd be doing is going to the walk-in clinic at the medical center, where they do refer you to a specialist if you need one.
I'm wondering if my feet are about to cave in or something. They feel empty beneath the swelling. I have little puffballs around the ankles and Achilles and my heels below them look tiny and fragile, like they can't handle this stuff over their heads forever.
My heel still is doing so much better than it was, but this development, I don't what it is or if it's related, but suddenly I think I shouldn't ignore it anymore. Of course, I probably shouldn't have ignored it at all, but now and then denial is a powerful temptation.
Any advice, please?
--Nancy

Re: I would see a regular medical doctor as soon as possible or go to ER.

Beverly on 6/22/00 at 23:10 (022263)

Nancy,

I am so sorry to hear about your setback. Realize I am not a medical person and I tend to be a worrier, but if it were me, I'd get to a regular doctor (not a pod) as soon as possible. If it were me, I would want to get seen soon to make sure it's not something more serious than PF. Do you have a county hospital where people without insurance can go to the ER for free or at a reduced cost? I have always been told that swelling in the lower leg should never be ignored. Combined with color changes, I would definitely want to be seen. I don't want to scare you. I have a minor heart condition I've had for years, and last year I was having terrible chest pains that sent me to ER. It turned out to just be my gallbladdar, but I was still glad I went, and the people at ER said I did the right thing.

Good luck. Keep us posted,
Beverly


Re: Trouble with Achilles and ankles that I tried to address and have recently have been trying to ignore, but . . .

Bob G. on 6/23/00 at 02:48 (022264)

If it were me, I'd see a doctor. We could discuss and guess and miss the correct answer.

Also, if it were me, I would try (very) hot baths and plenty of rest.

It could be a medical thing we know not. I wish you well, and soon, Nancy.


Re: Trouble with Achilles and ankles that I tried to address and have recently have been trying to ignore, but . . .

john h on 6/23/00 at 10:59 (022276)

see the doc. for swelling remember to ice. buy a $6 ACE ice pack where the ice pack is in stretchable material with velcro on the end. you can wrap it to fit your foot anywhere.

Re: Nancy, how are you doing today?

Beverly on 6/23/00 at 13:20 (022278)

Nancy,

How are you doing today? Did you get to the doctor or ER? As Bob said,
we are not medical people, and so it would be pointless and unwise to try to guess what could be causing this. However, I do know that swelling in the lower leg is just not something to ignore. Let us know what you find out. We care about you.

Keep in Touch,
Beverly


Re: I would see a regular medical doctor as soon as possible or go to ER.

Beverly on 6/22/00 at 23:10 (022263)

Nancy,

I am so sorry to hear about your setback. Realize I am not a medical person and I tend to be a worrier, but if it were me, I'd get to a regular doctor (not a pod) as soon as possible. If it were me, I would want to get seen soon to make sure it's not something more serious than PF. Do you have a county hospital where people without insurance can go to the ER for free or at a reduced cost? I have always been told that swelling in the lower leg should never be ignored. Combined with color changes, I would definitely want to be seen. I don't want to scare you. I have a minor heart condition I've had for years, and last year I was having terrible chest pains that sent me to ER. It turned out to just be my gallbladdar, but I was still glad I went, and the people at ER said I did the right thing.

Good luck. Keep us posted,
Beverly


Re: Trouble with Achilles and ankles that I tried to address and have recently have been trying to ignore, but . . .

Bob G. on 6/23/00 at 02:48 (022264)

If it were me, I'd see a doctor. We could discuss and guess and miss the correct answer.

Also, if it were me, I would try (very) hot baths and plenty of rest.

It could be a medical thing we know not. I wish you well, and soon, Nancy.


Re: Trouble with Achilles and ankles that I tried to address and have recently have been trying to ignore, but . . .

john h on 6/23/00 at 10:59 (022276)

see the doc. for swelling remember to ice. buy a $6 ACE ice pack where the ice pack is in stretchable material with velcro on the end. you can wrap it to fit your foot anywhere.

Re: Nancy, how are you doing today?

Beverly on 6/23/00 at 13:20 (022278)

Nancy,

How are you doing today? Did you get to the doctor or ER? As Bob said,
we are not medical people, and so it would be pointless and unwise to try to guess what could be causing this. However, I do know that swelling in the lower leg is just not something to ignore. Let us know what you find out. We care about you.

Keep in Touch,
Beverly