Former McKinney Patient? Numb Foot

Hi Dr. Abrams,

Was Googling for some info on a nagging post-running issue and saw this board...wonder if you're the same MD who fitted me for orthotics back in the early 90s! :o)

I have a quick question: after running, whether I rest for six weeks or three months and take it up again, the same issues crop up:

- I have an incredibly tight (left) Achilles Tendon despite stretching, ice, etc. It takes up to a week to return to normal.
- My left foot goes numb and cold...almost like a "carpal tunnel" affect. It is usually 30 minutes after I stop running and it will take a day before feeling fully returns.
- I can "feel" the tissues from mid calf to a point below the Achilles Tendon move when I rotate my foot around.
- The outside of my left ankle, which suffered a severe sprain in 1995, "aches" and feels swollen while the numbness exists.

Orthotics, changes to running form/posture/gait/etc., different shoes, etc., don't help. I've been experimenting for the last 10 months with various tricks to no avail.

I know you'll probably recommend that I stop running for good, which I think was your advice when I first saw you back in 89 or 90. (Ok, I should have listened!) But, do you have any medical definition of what the problem might be?

Thanks,

Parker

Posted By Parker on July 30, 2005 at 22:31:01:

The Active Ankle offers flexibility and security. It will feel different from anything you have ever worn for ankle protection. The hinge allows freedom of motion that you may not be accustomed to. Do not mistake this freedom of movement for lack of support. A leading university said, the Active Ankle provides more support (inversion) than the leading air-stirrup brace, the leading lace-up brace, or a tape job.

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