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Strange ankle/achille issue?

Old 04-27-09, 09:18 AM
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Strange ankle/achille issue?

Got about 250 miles on a new rig and the last two rides that I have been on that were over 20 miles, within an hour of the end of my ride I get really bad pain behind the ball of the ankle on the outside part, kind of running from the very bottom of the calf down towards the heel.

But the pain only happens when the leg bends in what would be considered a squatting motion. If i don't squat or go down stairs, I feel no pain. The pain is gone within a day or two. When I ride I don't feel any pain at all or a feeling that I am straining the area.

Any thoughts or comments on how I could be straining the area, or a fix for it? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-27-09, 09:45 AM
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Culprit could range from flat feet to improper fitting to improper technique ("ankling" on the downstroke).

That said, don't mess with ankle pain. Get a professional fitting. Otherwise you could be looking at long-term damage.
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Old 04-27-09, 10:36 AM
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As a starting point...ice and stretching. Reduce mileage on the bike. I get it on ocassion. Too high a seat height will promote toe pointing and ankling as mentioned putting your ankle through a greater range of motion than necessary. Also..cleats too far forward tax the achilles more....like using a longer wrench on your ankle...greater leverage. I ride with my cleats well back...not to mid arch like Joe Friel...but more rearward than conventional for a number reasons and this is among them.
I would back off on your miles...don't stop...just reduce unti you resolve it.
Hope that helps.
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Thanks for the input.
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Old 04-27-09, 08:06 PM
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Take time off and evaluate fit/get medical advice.

Ice, rest, ibuprofen for 1-2 weeks and ice/ibuprofen when the pain returns or even if it doesn't.

I had post tibial tendinitis in my medial side of my right ankle 3 weeks ago, and after 2 weeks off I can still feel it every now and then.

Taking ibuprofen has helped keep the inflammation and pain away but I'll still take a day or 2 off if it flares up. It's too early in the season to earn yourself a repetitive use injury.
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