Sorry this is so long. If anyone has experienced pain in the foot of the opposite leg following ACL reconstruction please read on!
I’m struggling slightly with extension on my operated leg following ACLR 13 months ago. I am back playing football 3 times per week but over the last month I have started to experience an increasingly painful foot on my non-operated leg. Having done some reading regarding foot problems, it sounds like I have either capsulitis or metatarsalgia, in the region of the 2nd metatarsal. However, unlike these two conditions the pain I have is towards the top of the foot, not the bottom as suggested by many sites.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this as a result of lack of extension? It could be completely unrelated, but it does seem a coincidence seeing as I know I’m not walking properly and I was limping for a good 6 months after the surgery. I can get slight hyperextension after resting the operated leg up, but I have a desk job and experience quite severe lack of extension when getting up to walk after a few hours sat down.
I have seen a foot specialist regarding this and he agreed that it is the “way I am walking” putting too much pressure on the ball of the foot, but I don’t think he really appreciated the effect of the lack of extension. He suggested rest and more comfortable shoes. Would it be worth going back to my knee OS or would he know nothing about feet?
I rested the foot for about 3 weeks and returned to football again this week as it was feeling better but the pain has flared up again (only worse) and isn’t showing any signs of subsiding. Very frustrating considering I sat out for 15 months after the initial ACL rupture. I am now literally hobbling everywhere I go. Not much fun after a successful knee surgery and subsequent recovery I’m sure you will agree!
What confuses me is that I have been playing football with no problems for 6 months now – could it be a problem that’s been building up over time?
I anyone has any thoughts or similar experiences of this; I would love to hear from you. I did do a search on “foot” on this board and found some promising stuff but don’t have the time to read every post!
Thanks in advance.