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#158 Achilles tendinosis treatment failures in a runner

If you’re a runner who gets tightness in your calves and develops Achilles tendinosis it can be very difficult to get it to heal and it can be very frustrating. Some runners fail multiple treatments including stretching, home exercises, physical therapy, braces, PRP injections and many other treatments. You just have to figure what it will take to get the Achilles tendon to heal so you can get back to running.

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Peroneal Tendon Subluxation

The peroneal retinaculum is a thin band of tissue that helps hold the peroneal tendons behind the fibula at the outside of the ankle.  There are actually two distinct peroneal retinaculums; the “superior peroneal retinaculum” and the “inferior peroneal retinaculum.” The one you actually care about if you’re having popping and clicking and pain at the outside of the ankle is the superior peroneal retinaculum.  

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Ganglion Cysts in the Foot and Ankle

Ganglion Cysts – A Painful Bump On the Top of The Foot.


What is a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is fluid filled sack that appears a lump or bump under the skin. In the foot this most often occurs on the top of the foot or at the big toe joint. The fluid within a ganglion cyst is actually synovial fluid (the fluid that lubricates your joints). The ganglion itself is a little balloon of synovial tissue that has squeezed out of the joint capsule. Because of this, a ganglion cysts is always a little mass attached to or extending from a joint or tendon sheath. 

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What Are Sesamoid Bones in the Foot?
One of the potential causes of foot pain in runners and and athletes is sesamoiditis. Sesamoiditis is inflammation of the sesamoid bones. 

Lisfrancs Fractures
Lisfranc’s Foot Fractures in the Foot: An Injury That Gets Missed Often and Won’t Get Better Without Treatment – By San Francisco’s Foot Fracture Specialist
What is a Lisfranc’s Injury?
A Lisfranc’s Fracture is an injury to the midfoot where the Lisfranc’s ligament tears (called a ligament rupture by podiatrists or foot doctors). In some cases, the ligament doesn’t really tear but it yanks off a small piece of bone where the ligament is anchored. In this case doctors call it an “avulsion fracture.” Because Lisfranc’s ligament is one of the primary structures stabilizing the bones in the midfoot, a Lisfranc’s fracture has to be treated correctly to heal correctly. Otherwise continued foot pain, arthritis and loss of foot function may result.
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Achilles Tendinitis

What is Achilles’ Tendonitis? 

Achilles tendinitis is inflammation within the tendon itself. Achilles tendinitis can occur anywhere within the tendon, all the way from the heel bone up to the calf muscle. However, most often the Achilles tendinitis occurs in a specific area just above the heel bone.  This area, where the tendon is easiest to feel with your hand, happens to have decreased blood flow as compared to the rest of the tendon.  For this reason, an overused tendon may become weaker, inflamed and injured in this area. 

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Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

What Is Retrocalcaneal Bursitis? 

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is closely related to Haglund’s Deformity (or “pump bumps”). If you have a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that rubs the Achilles tendon, it can cause the formation of a bursa (small fluid filled sack). It usually happens in athletes as shoes rub against the heel. The bursa can aggravated by the stitching of a heel counter in the shoe as well. It can make wearing shoes and exercising difficult. Another term used for this condition is “pump bump” because it can frequently occur with wearing high heels as well.  

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Os Trigonum Syndrome

Os Trigonum Syndrome: A Rare Form of Posterior Ankle Pain

Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome (also known as Os Trigonum Syndrome)can affect up to 18% of runners and triathletes who have training that includes running downhill. Many incorrectly think this is an Achilles tendon problem. It is easily treatable.

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