Sports Medicine/Tendon or bone injury


To explain my injury, I was wearing sandals with straps and kicking two tennis balls to dogs in play. My right foot stepped onto the ball and the right side of my foot wrapped around the ball reaching for the surface of the ground. I heard something snap. Second day: Some swelling, localized pain is under the foot as well as on the top between toe and ankle. I can put my weight on my heal if needed and toes are not affected. The pain is when my foot will turn to the right even holding the leg up. I thought it might be a bone, but upon looking at diagrams it appears it MIGHT be a tendon. Flexor digitorum longus tendon (FDL) as the tendons pass under the foot. I am curious of your opinion. Thanks.

Hi Sherrie- depending when this happened--hope you followed the RICE,(rest, ice, compression, elevation)princibles after the injury. Sounds like you possibly injured ankle ligament, possible anterior talofib ligament, common with the snap or pop. Tendon (peronneal), also possible. Possible snap can be bone involvement also.
You need:
1. X-ray to rule out fracture, bone involvement
2. MRI or diagnostic ultrasound to evaluate soft tissue, tendon & ligament injury
With proper diagnosis, you then can proceed with proper treatment & rehabilitation
3. Wearing ankle brace, even crutch walking can be smart until you get to see dr. (Orthopaedist, Podiatrist).
4.over the counter ibuprophen, Aleve, helpful as anti inflammatory for few days,
KEY IS GET DIAGNOSIS!... Good luck, Drbob Weil

Sherrie- wear protective ankle brace for next few weeks- take antiinflammatories for another 10 days- stay away from strenuous activity few wks.
You also can continue iceing area & can add some heat application.. Lets see how you progress.. Dr. Weil

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Dr. Bob Weil


Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.


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BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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