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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ankle Sprain with Significant Ankle Problems: Email Advice

Hello Dr. Blake,

You had helped me immensely through a long sesamoid recovery 7 years ago. In the end, I made it through to fully healed with no pain! For anyone with bad sesamoid injury, you can and will make it through the nightmare!  It can be done. 

Unfortunately I return with a new issue. 2 weeks ago I twisted my ankle stepping off a curb. I had some pain, though the majority of that pain went away in a few days. Then a few days later i was pushing my kids in the stroller up a steep hill (I’m new to the Bay Area) which put my ankles into intense dorsiflexion. I started getting pain the day after and was not able to dorsiflex, but Especially plantar flex without pain in my ankle (in the back). I was able to walk on it for the next week,  but had to limit dorsiflexion to avoid pain. After seeing a podiatrist, I was recommended to wear a boot (talk about PTSD from my sesmoid injury). The majority of my pain is on the lateral side, right behind and under the boney bump of the ankle (fibula). 

Nothing showed on x-ray, which I’m starting to realizing doesn’t mean all that much.  Today I got MRI results back and was hoping you could help to interpret and provide your thoughts? Photos attached.  I clearly have a talar dome issue (cartilage), though my Dr. seems to think that’s been there for a long time. For a long time I’ve always had some minor stiffness and pain in this ankle, but it always went away after a few minutes of getting ready in the morning. I’m assuming that what that is. But since that issue is more on the medial side (whereas my pain is lateral), is it possible that’s not the driver of most of my current pain? Or could a lot of this be due to that and I will need surgery?

My Dr believes the majority of the pain is from the sprains (ligaments) that need to heal. Though I see some remarks in my MRI about “stress reaction” which makes me think that there is possibly a stress fracture, but for some reason that didn’t make it into the MRI’s concluding remarks. What are your thoughts?

The Drs plan is to stay in the boot and revaluate after 4 weeks? I also know better and will do contrast bath.  

Does all these seem reasonable?  I “feel” like there is enough pain to possibly be a fracture, but can’t tell if it’s ligaments and soft tissue issue we’re dealing with here. How long of a healing process do you think I’m really facing?  I just want to set the expectation for myself, my work, and my family correctly. 

Thank you,


Dr. Blake’s comment: thanks for the update on your sesamoid. You have a fragile ankle, and someday you may have to have it cleaned out, possibly bone graphed or replaced. Someday! I see people all the time that sprain their ankles and wake up a sleeping giant, which you could have done. You have to treat the worse possible scenario to protect you, so you place it in a boot for awhile, gradually wean out into a brace, gradually increase all activities and follow how the ankle behaves. With the goal of walking around with 0-2 pain as our guide, you go one month at a time. Have you achieved 0-2 in the boot? Do not let anyone put cortisone into your joint as it can weaken it further. If you get a bone scan, and it lights up, you can call this a stress fracture and qualify for the bone stimulator. That may just strengthen the bone enough to have you dodge the surgical bullet. Separate from your injury, I would get surgical consult from several orthopedist or podiatrists on what they would do if this does not improve. Hope this helps. Rich

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Great Article on Running: Forefoot Strike more Prone for Plantar Fasciiits

Here is the link to "Foot arch deformation and plantar fascia loading during running with rearfoot strike and forefoot strike: A dynamic finite element analysis": https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021929018308959

Posterior Tendon Tendon Taping: Leukotape


Leukotape with Coverall to protect the skin is the best tape for pronation control and posterior tibial tendon injuries. It starts just below the lateral ankle bone, goes under the heel and up the inside of the ankle 2/3 up the leg

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Anti-Pronation Shoes Work, but only until the athlete fatigues

 2019 May 14;14(5):e0216818. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216818. eCollection 2019.

Effects of anti-pronation shoes on lower limb kinematics and kinetics in female runners with pronated feet: The role of physical fatigue.


This is a great study showing how stability and motion control shoes work in controlling pronation only to the point the athlete fatigues. Shoes and proper training and strength work are all key ingredients to athletic success.

Plantar Fasciitis: Support the Foot Taping


My patients know I love Quick Tape from www.supportthefoot.com for my plantar fasciitis treatment. It is meant to stay on up to 7 days. My wife just wore it every day in our 500 mile trek across Northern Spain to prevent her right plantar fasciitis from ruining the trip. I feel it is diagnostic also, since other problems that are not plantar fasciitis can mimic the symptoms. If you use Quick tape, and your symptoms improve, you definitely have some plantar fasciitis. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Plantar Fasciitis: Success Email

Dr Blake,
Your patient with the left foot plantar fasciitis that is virtually gone with your 4 pronged approach.  😊
Dr. Blake’s comment: Simple first visit plantar fasciitis treatment is rolling ice massage for 5 minutes twice daily, plantar fascial wall stretches 3 times a day, Sole OTC inserts, and Quick Tape by supportthefoot.com. Works most of the time if it is pure plantar fasciitis. 

Got up the next day after tennis with oven baked Sole inserts and 0 pain. Just feeling a tiny 0.5/10 “this might return” sensation now that doesn’t limit my activities at all.

Found Quick TapeTM 3 pack on Amazon for $30 but only up to size 11, not my size 12.  I want to have them ready for use on day 1 of a flair.  Was I using regular size up to men’s size 11 from your office or is there a better source?
Dr. Blake’s comment: Use Quick Tape regular size on every one men’s 14 and smaller.

I’m stunned at how effective this has been. Thank you for this great combo treatment that isn’t on UpToDate or other reputable sources.

Look forward to celebrating over coffee, tea, meal and checking out the Sole fit at your convenience

Thanks,

Good Success Post Sesamoid Surgery