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hai, im a 15 year old girl and ive had a foot/ankle pain for a couple weeks, near to a month now. on my winter break, i did a 5k run and a week after i went to knotts two days straight and walked alot. yesterday i went to disney and walked alot to. i walk to school and walk home mostly everyday. but the pain in my right foot/ankle hurts. i looked up what the part that hurts and i got 'inferior extensor retinaculum'. its been cold since December so i dont know if my joints react to the cold. if i compare both my feet, i notice my right foot (where the inferior entensor retinaculum is located) is puffy than my left foot. please help and what can i do to stop hurting

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Deana, I would suggest trying some inserts in your shoes.  Try over the counter inserts initially but if they don't help or don't seem to last long, I would consider getting orthotics.  Also make sure that you are wearing supportive shoes when you run and walk daily.  Avoid use of flip flops or sandals if you are going to be walking a lot or performing a lot of activity.  RICE therapy is always good to initiate if you are having pain or swelling to a certain area.  Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  The inferior extensor retinaculum does not usually cause people a lot of problems by itself; it houses the tendons and connects to joints that can become very painful or inflamed.  Also try using an NSAID (Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen), NOT Tylenol to reduce pain and swelling to your foot.  Ultimately though you should have it checked out.


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any podiatry related question. bunions, hammertoes, arthritis in foot and ankle, lumps and bumps, foot pain, ankle pain, neuromas, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot care, ulcers, neuropathy, charcot, ankle replacements, trauma, sports medicine, Achilles injuries, ankle sprains ect.

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Currently working as an Associate for Advanced Podiatry in Tampa, FL. Finished 3 year surgical residency with additional certification in rearfoot and ankle reconstruction. Worked in wound care clinic at Veteran's Hospital using advance wound care techniques.

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DPM degree earned from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine 2005-2009 completed 3 year podiatric medical and surgical residency training at James A. Haley VA 2009-2012. Board qualified status for American Board of Podiatric Surgeons in foot and rearfoot and ankle surgery 2012.

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1st runner up in Resident case presentations at annual Science and Management Symposium 2012 Who's who among colleges and universities 2009

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