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swimr4life
September 14th, 2003, 01:39 PM
Has anyone had this experience?.....One day at practice I kicked a lot of butterfly with fins. After practice I had pain and swelling on the top side of my foot and ankle. It has bothered me now for 2 weeks. I've banned myself from fins, pulled some workouts, taken ibuprofen and it is still tender and has a slight "burning" feeling. If you have ever had this, please tell me what you did to make it better and how long it took to go away!

Conniekat8
September 14th, 2003, 02:52 PM
I think you may have injured the tendons that are on top of your foot. Pulled, or slightly torn? Maybe a micro fracture of the bone?
Can you walk? Does it hut when you step on your foot, or only when you point?
Swelling is usually a sign of inflammation (body trying to heal the injury).

Take anti-inflammatory, as a therapy (follow the instructions on the bottle, for couple of weeks straight). This will help fight the inflammation (not just lessen the pain).

Use interchanging hot/cold compresses at least twice a day. This too helps the healing process. One promotes the circulation, the other one soothes the pain and inflammation a bit.
Don't freeze your skin!!! Cold is only meant to stay there for a short time. Don't put frosted stuff directly on skin, use a towel or similar as a buffer. Jacuzzi works pretty good for the heat.
Bring a cold compress to a Jacuzzi, and alternate hot cold for 5-10 minutes

Tendons take 2-3 times linger to heal, when compared to muscle and other tissue injured, because they inherently have a lot of blood circulation, so it's hard for the body to heal them up. So, if a wound takes about 2 weeks to heal, you may be looking at 4-6 weeks before it's completely healed up.

Keep your feet up in the air (little bit above the torso) every chance you get. That will help the circulation, which will help healing.

If your foot hurts a lot (you can't step on it), go see a doctor. Not being able to step on it would mean it's likely you have a little fracture.
If the swelling doesn't start going down even a little bit in couple of days, go see a doctor.
If this was me, even with knowing all of the above, I'm too chicken, I'd go see a doctor now, because there is also a chance of a small fracture, or a completely torn tendon, which may need more attention than just the above. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Actually, seeing a doctor wouldn't be chicken, it's preventive maintenance.

swimsum
September 14th, 2003, 05:34 PM
The one time I had something like that ... it was a stress fracture. A hairline fracture of some small bone, more to the side of my foot and as best I can tell my only "activity" was stepping on a tree root while mowing the grass. See a doctor. An x-ray will show if there's a slight fracture.

good luck!

swimr4life
September 15th, 2003, 01:18 PM
Thank-you for your responses. I can walk on that foot. I can even swim with a light kick. The swelling has almost gone. It is still bothering me if I kick hard or move my foot a certain way. It feels like it is burning all the time, even when I'm not standing or using it! I hate going to the doctor! If it doesn't get well soon, I may have to! If anyone out there has gone through this, please tell me!