Muscle/tendon pain near the ankle

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    Mar 26, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    I think I may have seen a thread about this, but I can't remember for the life of me where so I'm making my own.

    I often get a lot of tightness and even pain on a certain area of my outside legs near the calf when doing cardio, whether that just be walking fast, snowboarding, running, or jumping rope. I don't have any idea how to stretch it, nor, in fact, do I even know what causes it. I don't know really what triggers it, as sometimes it happens and other times it doesn't, so I don't know what's going wrong. I'll post a picture of the area in question (and it's on both legs, not just the one diagrammed). I'm not sure if it's a muscle issue, or a tendon issue, or what.

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    Mar 26, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
    Sounds like shin splints? The pain is on the front side of your leg right?

    Its pretty common... If I remember correctly its caused by an imbalance in your leg muscles--calves too strong, front shin muscles too weak. In my cross country days, we would do warm ups where we would walk on our heels, toes, and each side of the foot for 20 yards or so each before running to strengthen these muscles and prevent shin splints. I think it usually goes away on its own as you build everything up.
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:17 AM GMT
    mynameisrusty saidSounds like shin splints? The pain is on the front side of your leg right?

    Its pretty common... If I remember correctly its caused by an imbalance in your leg muscles--calves too strong, front shin muscles too weak. In my cross country days, we would do warm ups where we would walk on our heels, toes, and each side of the foot for 20 yards or so each before running to strengthen these muscles and prevent shin splints. I think it usually goes away on its own as you build everything up.


    No, it's not on the front side. It's not shin splints, that I know (I had them in high school when playing soccer). It's on the outside of my legs, like I pointed to in the picture (that's meant to be pointing to the outsides, not the front).
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    Mar 26, 2009 7:57 AM GMT
    My bad... Well, maybe you have chronic exertional compartment syndrome?
    Basically the muscles in the lateral part of your legs have run out of room to swell once you start exercising. Unfortunately the treatment isnt as easy as shin splints. Check it out and see if this sounds like you:


    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/88014-overview

    http://orthopedics.about.com/od/overuseinjuries/a/compartment.htm

    http://www.theacc.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/061005aab.html
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    Mar 26, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    Hi - this could be trouble with your peroneal muscles which are crucial for ankle movements and maintenance of the foot arch. I would see a sports medicine specialist asap.
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    Mar 27, 2009 9:36 AM GMT
    devontrainer saidHi - this could be trouble with your peroneal muscles which are crucial for ankle movements and maintenance of the foot arch. I would see a sports medicine specialist asap.


    That's not really an option at the moment. Also, this has been happening for many years, if that changes anything.