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Achilles' tendon or something else?

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Haggisfish Mon 04-Aug-14 20:50:00

Hello everyone, am after some advice. I have just fine six weeks of high intensity interval training. Trainers I wore are a bit old and worn out. Yesterday I was squatting down and felt a pea sized lump on my left lower leg, about 10cm above my heel. I can only feel it when I weight bear on the leg and it's most prominent when I squat. Went to dr who thinks it is attached to Achilles' tendon and advised rest and ice for a week. This would all be fine, except there are some things that don't quite tally with Achilles things I've read. For example I'm not limping and it doesn't hurt more when I flex my foot. The lump itself was painful but that seems to have subsided. My calf is sore on the right hand side up towards the knee and under the knee cap is sore, too. Sorry for essay-just wondered if any physics or sports injuries people had some more ideas or reassurance that it does sound Achilles like. Finally, no major trauma to Achilles I can remember and no heat or redness on lump. Thanks if you've got this far!

agentv Sun 17-Aug-14 01:49:34

Bumping up for Haggis.

CheesyBadger Sun 17-Aug-14 02:13:24

Maybe pop this in chat to get more traffic. Hope you're ok

agentv Sun 17-Aug-14 11:32:52

bumping again

Agree, ask for it to be moved to chat

MerdeAlor Mon 18-Aug-14 11:28:31

Is it in front of the achilles tendon or just behind it?

When you hold it between your fingers does it move?

Haggisfish Mon 18-Aug-14 20:14:48

Thank you everyone! I did post something similar in chat but got no replies either! It's on the back of the Achilles and slightly to the right. I have an ultrasound on weds so will hopefully know more then. You can only really feel it when I am squatting-when muscle and tendon are relaxed you can't really feel anything-you can still see a slight bump outline but can't feel anything.

Haggisfish Mon 18-Aug-14 20:15:40

You can't really get a hold of it to see if it moves. It's very odd.

Haggisfish Mon 18-Aug-14 20:16:19

I'm totally paranoid that it is a sarcoma but am trying to remain rational.

Haggisfish Mon 18-Aug-14 20:25:36

And finally, in my paranoid defence, two gps and a sports physio have not been able to identify what it is!

MerdeAlor Tue 19-Aug-14 12:02:09

It sounds like a retro achilles bursitis to me.
Doesn't sound like a sarcoma at all, so don't worry.
Try:
Anti-inflammatories
Rest
Ice
A heel wedge
Review after 6 weeks.
If no change see a musculo skeletal podiatrist.

Haggisfish Tue 19-Aug-14 17:44:59

Thanks. I think it's a bit too high for that, looking at diagrams. It's about 10cm above my heel, more like the other end if the Achilles' tendon. Will let you know what the scan suggests! Thank you.

MerdeAlor Tue 19-Aug-14 20:07:21

Ok, although a retro achilles bursitis is different from a retro calcaneal bursitis (it is further up). It isn't usually 10cm above the heel.

I would still follow the advice above. It may help in the interim.

Haggisfish Wed 20-Aug-14 11:37:17

Hello just in case anyone is interested, here's the results! It is a slightly odd soft tissue hardening, probably caused by past trauma. It's definitely not in the muscle or connective tissue, which is a relief.

Elswyth Wed 20-Aug-14 14:29:06

That is a relief, glad to hear it. It is easy to worry about these things.

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