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Discussion: ankle help

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April 10, 2007
desertlady
Women's 60
19 posts
ankle help
Ok, so I'm a lady who in the last year has had problems with my achilles. Just when I think it is better, about 2 innings and it feels pulled and is screaming. Am in early sixties and usually active but need to know how to correct/fix this from reoccurring (strain?) I'm not much of a water drinker and my ankle hurts to touch. I usually walk alot to stay fit but this ankle thing is making that really hard. Any help with the same problem?
April 10, 2007
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
418 posts
There are all kinds of ankle and Achilles problems, but have you tried a routine of regularly stretching your Achilles? I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. I got some relieve by stretching it throughly before excercising and taping may ankles for games. In my case I ended up having surgery to remove some calcified tissue that had grown into the tendon. One of the excercises that the therapist recommended to prevent a recurrance was regular stretching. One of the best stretches is to stand on your toes on a stairstep or curb and slowly lower your heel as far as you can to stretch the tendon. Today, I keep a concrete block in my office and do this for 10 minutes every morning when I get to the office.
April 10, 2007
desertlady
Women's 60
19 posts
texas: tried stretching and taping just seems to make it worse. Tried velcro ankle wrap and high tops just in case. Tried icing but that didn't seem to help either. I used a icy-hot bandage which seems to relieve the pain for a short amount of time. Do you think there is anything to the "pickle juice" or rolaids theory that I have been reading in some of the other messages? I do drink alot of Pepsi, so maybe I'm dehydratng and that is part of the problem.
April 10, 2007
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
Had almost the same problem I got a Hot tub and did a lot of streching between tournament and local games help alot
April 11, 2007
surf88
Men's 60
868 posts
Have had nearly every injury one can think of. You state that you are not a water drinker. You must change this and drink water as much as possible. This will assist to hydrate and cleanse toxins. Our bodies are made up of majority of water. Stretching the tendon is also important. Texas Transplant shared one stretch. You may also wish to purchase a rubber width that you can find at any PT office. Place it on the ball of your foot and apply consistent pressure as you pull it back toward you while sitting on the floor. There may be, as TT mentioned in his case, some calcification there. I also use Wintercrest on all my sore areas. It helps me and I know it help others that I meet at tournaments. I had Tommy Johns surgery last November and I use Wintercrest on my elbow to assist with the healing (along with much stretching and weights. The trick is low weights and high reps).

Good luck with it and please make sure to drink water as much as you can.
April 11, 2007
Gary Heifner
248 posts
You need to stabilize the ankle and the back of the ankle bone. Go to a sporting goods store or pharmacy and buy two padded heel cups. They will help stabilize the entire foot and ankle as they don't allow movement that could continue to tear the achillies. Also, you have an injury. Don't do a lot of stretching for now. Take shorter steps while running and let it heal.
April 11, 2007
jim16
Men's 65
169 posts
Yes, stretching but if it gets bad enough the fibers in the achilles start to separate and cause a knot to appear in the middle of the top of your heel. I had this pretty bad a few years ago and if you push too hard it can tear. Two important things I learned. An ice massage is very helpful. Fill a styrofoam cup with water and freeze it in the freezer. Then peel off pieces of the styrofoam, kind of like an ice cream cone. Then hold on tto the cup and use the exposed part of the ice to massage the area and reduce the swelling and fiber separaton. The other exercize is to stretch the tendon with your thumb and index finger to each side of the tendon and kind of twist it. Relax your ankle and stretch it with your fingers, its amazing how it will work.
April 12, 2007
desertlady
Women's 60
19 posts
Thanks for all the input - I just had hand surgery so have 6 weeks to get my hand and my ankle ready. Am working on drinking water, hot tub could be in the future and the stretching keys with Wintercrest. Hopefully I will improve by May-June season.
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