Sports Medicine/Ankle issue

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Hi,

I have 2 quick questions. I hurt my ankle area back in May playing softball. I was running towards fence to track down a ball and as I reached ball I planted and heard a pop and immediate pain. It swelled up and was very painful. I went t o Urgent care and it showed there was no break and most likely was a sprain. Something is still not right after 4 months. Any time I unexpectedly jam my heel whether it's from catching a back of a step or playing with my child I get a sharp pain. The best I can describe what triggers is if I walk down the stairs and I clip my heel on the step before the one I am intending. I am thinking I ruptured something else. The pain is Above my heel and wraps to left lower ankle. My insurance denied MRI and PT is subject to my deductible which I can't afford. Any ideas?

Also do you have any experience with athletes foot. I've had a stubborn case for months now. Lamisal keeps it at bay but it hasn't cured it. Been using that for 3 months now.

Thanks

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Hi Alex- when you experience the pop sensation, & hear it, it's quite possible that you injured, possibly partially tore some ligaments in the ankle . An MRI would show that. Ins might allow the test since you have not responded or improved. Diagnostic ultra sound test is much cheaper than MRI & would also show ligament or tendon injury. Bottom line is that you need proper diagnosis & most likely some rehab with physical therapy. Podiatry could help both with that ankle as well as consulting with you with the athletes foot. For now, continue the Lamasil & consider possible alternating with 1%hydrocortisone cream.
Wear ankle brace with good sneakers for solid protection with your ankle, especially if you are active. You might also consider some oral anti inflammatory meds like ibuprophen (possiblbly 400mg. 3x/day for 10-14 days),  If being active is important to you, you've got to properly identify & treat ankle injuries like yours- ... Hope this helps.. Dr. Bob Weil

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Dr. Bob Weil

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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 sportsdoctorradio.com- radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.

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Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed sportsdoctorradio.com- news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed sportsdoctorradio.com-radio shows

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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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