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Sural Nerve Entrapment?

Posted by Sniff Y on 9/18/03 at 08:36 (130418)

Hi. I'm a 32 year-old male. I ruptured the Achilles tendon in my right leg about 6 months ago. The surgery seemed to go well, and the tendon itself is healing nicely. However, my rehab is being badly hampered by pain that radiates through the outside of my heel as I walk. I find the I can reproduce the pain by rubbing the outside of my Achilles tendon, about halfway up towards the calf.
From consultations with doctors, and my own research, I believe that I may have sural nerve entrapment.

My questions are: (1) does that sound like a plausible theory? and (2) are there non-surgical ways of alleviating the pain, or even gettgin rid of the entrspment altogether.

For obvious reasons, surgery is my last preferred course of action.

Thanks.

Re: Sural Nerve Entrapment?

Dr. Z on 9/18/03 at 11:58 (130437)

It could also be the peroneal brevis tendon causing this. Could the doctor reproduce the sural nerve pain on examination? It this is a sural nerve entrapement local steriod injection may help this. Must first be sure that this is in fact a sural nerve problem