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• Icing is very helpful constantly rub an ice chunk directly on the tendon for 15 minutes each night.
• If the soreness is on the outer side of the foot, a more stable shoe is needed. If new shoes were recently purchased, they may allow the foot to supinate more than needed. Many times this is not visible to the person evaluating the stride. Very small differences may be the cause. The outer tendons not only lift and lower the foot, they also lift and tilt the outside of the foot.
• A very slight amount of outer tendon soreness is common with adaptation to new orthotics or a change from poor shoe to a better shoe. This should be very mild and disappear in a couple of days when training is reduced, without having to rest completely.
• Pain in line with the big toe is possible during a mileage increase. A more stable shoe and proper arch support can manage this and may eliminate the pain. The tendons on the inner side of the top of the foot help prevent pronation and keep the arch from flattening too much. They also lift and lower the ankle.
• For pain at the ankle crease, the same pronation and supination suggestions apply. In many cases, simply loosening or changing the lace pattern can help. It is surprising how much protrusion of the tendons occurs as they tighten, even when there is no sensation of pressure on them while lacing the shoes.
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• A doctor may prescribe physical therapy treatment for the tendinitis which can be helpful. If there is a bump on the ankle tendons, a doctor may suggest an injection to dissolve it. It’s best to avoid this because it can weaken the connective tissue and cause permanent damage. In rare cases the bump is caused by a fluid filled cyst called a ganglion (not fibrous tissue). A knowledgeable doctor can usually identify this by examination. It is safe to drain this if needed, but it often disappears naturally. It is very common for ganglionic cysts to reappear after draining, repeatedly. It is best to leave them unless they are irritating and bothersome. Composed of normal tissue, ganglionic cysts result from defects in the tendon sheath or joint capsule, allowing it to balloon outward, attracting the normal fluid found within joints and tendon sheaths. They will sometimes become firm over time and be mistaken for fibrous bumps.
• This type of pain is often diffuse and hard to locate.
• The quantity of pronation or supination needed to cause this soreness is very small and easy to overlook.
If a bump has occurred on a tendon, it may take months to go away. If there is no pain do not worry unless it grows, turns red, or is very large.
• If the pain becomes centralized to a small area on the forefoot, a stress fracture should be suspected see a doctor.
• Stop training if the motion of the stride, or moving the foot and ankle up and down while sitting, causes a feeling of sticking or makes a “celery breaking noise.” This is known as crepitus and it means the tendons are inflamed so they do not slide normally along their sheaths or tunnels. Even proper foot positioning can cause increased damage. Regular icing and rest is needed, until the inflammation and sound have gone away.
CONSEQUENCES OF yoga/WALKING THROUGH THE PAIN
• A single workout or yoga pose is unlikely to cause worrisome damage, but ignoring the pain over a period of time can allow the problem to progress from mild tendon soreness to crepitus and more extensive damage requiring extended rest from training.
• Most people train through this injury as long as common sense yoga/walking rules are used and action is taken to correct the cause. Stay below the threshold of irritation.
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