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Excruciating stabbing pain in lower, outer edge of heel.
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qwango



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this is a really old thread but the original post exactly describes the symptoms I have, and I've not found anything else on the web that comes close.

My physio thinks it is a trapped nerve but doesn't think it can be manually released and will probably need a small operation. She has requested an MRI but my insurers are being 'uncooperative' at the moment.

Meanwhile, I've done some research and am wondering if it could potentially be a ganglion cyst on the ankle which pushes on the nerve as my foot is flexed. I have a very small lump on the back outer edge of my achilles which triggers the tingling/numbness in the foot when rubbed. The ganglion cysts you see on the web are normally a lot larger but it seems they can be small also.

I'm going to explore this with the doc as the treatment for a ganglion cyst seems very straightforward.

Any other posters still around?
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qwango



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps talking to myself here, but my issue was finally identified as a compressed sural nerve. I was given a cortisone and saline injection to 'create space' between the nerve and the tendon(?) (was interesting as I could watch it on the ultrasound screen as they did it). This gave immediate relief from the excruciating pain on flexing the foot. Part of my foot had been numb for several weeks before the injection and the doc said it could take up to 2 years for feeling to return. It's been three months so far and already I have some feeling back and the numbness doesn't really bother me anyway.

No ganglion cyst but no indication either of how or why the nerve got trapped in the first place, as usually it is the result of some other trauma.
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