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Ankle soreness ?

Published: 22 Feb 2006 - 21:00 by Viper

Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 12:22

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Did not twist or roll it but a day or so after playing it is quite tender just below and  in and under the ankle bone.

Any thoughts on how to approach this problem please ?

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From raystrach - 23 Feb 2006 - 08:56

part of the problem viper, is that, while warm, a minor injury from twisting or overstretching or bruising  will often go unnoticed. It may not be until the next day that you feel it.

I will admit to usually playing through those types of injuries, a long as it is not getting worse in the short term and improves in the medium term. i don't know what our house doctor thinks of this attitude .

over to you ap.

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From Viper - 23 Feb 2006 - 08:55

Thanks aprice.

Yes soft tissue deep below and under that outside ankle bone, press it and I jump.

Prevention and getting worse is my worry as in my experience soft tissue like this can hang around and be a real pain in the neck, I might shorten down from 2 hours straight and see how that goes.

I definately did not sprain of over stretch  the ankle before this injury, I just woke up the next morning put my foot down and yelped !!

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From aprice1985 - 23 Feb 2006 - 08:03

Sounds a lot like a repetative injury, if it is not very sore it is propably not a bone problem more soft tissue, ligament or muscle strain, the foot has 26 bones not including the tibia and fibula that make up the ankle joint along with the talus (actually in the "foot") and all of them have ligaments and tendons on them and muscles attached so there are loads of areas where you can get foot or ankle pain.  If it is the outside ankle it is the lateral malleolus and there are anterior and posterior talo fibular ligaments there and they are the most commonly injured ligaments in the ankle.  If the pain is not very severe and there is no swelling then the most likely thought would be a minor sprain/strain so rest should cure it, ice or compression would be too late at this stage as they are really needed in the first 12 hours.  If the pain gets worse or doesn't go away, the foot goes numb or you lose circulation see a doctor.  To check circulation press down on a toenail for 5secs then release and see if it goes back to being red qucikly (compare to the other foot).  Some form of support may help prevent you from reinjuring either during treatment or once healed.  Crepe bandages DO NOT support it despite what anyone may ever have told you (personal gripe, i can't put them on well) so use a proper support or strapping if you need it.

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From Viper - 23 Feb 2006 - 07:46   -   Updated: 23 Feb 2006 - 07:46

Thanks Rita, the answer is no to all 4 questions.

Maybe it is just over use, perhaps I am underestimating the pressure 2 hours of squash places on ankles, I mean a good match only goes 45min or so.


The pain is not bone BTW it is soft tissue deep under that big outside bone.

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From rippa rit - 23 Feb 2006 - 07:40   -   Updated: 23 Feb 2006 - 07:55

Viper - Arthur will tell you how many bones are in the foot - heaps I know that.  But, when the foot is sore it feels as though you only have one or two bones and muscles, and that everyone knows where it is sore, true.  So we will leave the medico stuff to Arthur.

I just have a few things to check out about your shoes:
1. Are you actually wearing out the heel of the shoe at the outside of the heel?
2. Check the cell in the sole of the shoe has not collapsed.
3. Is there a callous building up around the edge of the heel?
4. Have you changed your type of court shoe?
These are just little things that can give some idea whether it is wear and tear, strain, overtraining, or something that has occurred off the squash court maybe changing your everyday footwear too - eg thongs are hopeless footwear.

Anyway keep searching, and you will find an answer.
PS - We were on line at the same time so our posts sort of crossed.
Any soreness shows some sort of inflammation so you cannot go wrong by applying ice..
Is there any bruising noticeable or does it even feel like a stone bruise?

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From Viper - 23 Feb 2006 - 07:31

It just sore enough to notice at each step/movement and I am needing to walk gingerly, so it is not mega sore but I am more concerned about where it has come from and will it persist/get worse.

It did appear after I played a solid 2 straight hours of squash of  round robin matches, mind you I have done this on a regular basis with no problems but this time it appeared from nowhere

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From aprice1985 - 22 Feb 2006 - 22:22

Can you descibe the pain and how severe is it on a scale of 1-10 10 being the worst pain ever.  Does it keep you awake at night?  Pending answers

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From drop-shot - 22 Feb 2006 - 21:51


So, viper, where's the pain???? I will send the picture :)

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From Viper - 22 Feb 2006 - 21:27

It is the under the outside ankle bone.

Icing suggests it is inflamed from the game yes ?

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From rippa rit - 22 Feb 2006 - 21:17   -   Updated: 22 Feb 2006 - 21:24

Viper - so it is the bottom of the foot?  Around the centre or arch area? Actually we would like a diagram like Slavi provided!!  No only joking Meantime icing the foot after playing will help too.

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Rippa Rit is definitely the one to listen to regarding squash advice

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