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05-02-2012, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by salty justice View Post
I've had lace bite on my left ankle for 2 months now and it's not going away.

I injured myself by playing with my skate too tight and then I took two weeks off initially because the pain was too great to even put on a skate. Since then I've played 2 games a week for the last 6 weeks. The swelling has decreased significantly but there's still a solid knot about half the size of the golf ball sitting on the front of my ankle.

It only hurts for the first 3 minutes of a game and maybe the last 5 minutes, and it's swollen to the size of a golf ball after I take my skate off. 500mg of aspirin and the swelling goes away. I play with an elastic brace to hold it together, which eases the pain greatly.

I keep reading online about it taking months to heal and people just playing through it. My doctor said that I risk tendenitus by doing so, but she also doesn't know what hockey is, so I am a little worried about the right path to take.

Any advice?
Tendinitis is a common long-term effect of lace bite, so you need to be cautious of that. Lace bite is typically an injury to the extensor hallucis tendon, which runs from your shin to your big toe.

I am not a doctor and you shouldn't take professional advice from some jerk on the internet anyways, but: A cyst the size of half a golf ball at rest and a full golf ball after use is astoundingly large.

If the cyst is associated with the tendon itself, you run a real risk of tendon rupture, which means you are probably never skating again.

My advice is to get a referral from your doctor to a podiatrist or orthopaedic specialist. You need better guidance than what you are receiving.

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