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Calcuim Deposit on top of ankle (injury)

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I have recently had a bout with horrible lace bite which caused a nasty bruise and swelling to form of the top of my ankle; I have since corrected the lace bite problem with help from my LHS yet the swelling near the lace bite site never really went away but turned into a solid mass; think cyst filled with cement. After talking to a few people (running stores / LHS / Doctor friends) They have all concluded that the bruising atop the ankle has actually turned into a calcium deposit. I am interested if any other memebers have had this problem and what treatment options they have used to "break up" the deposit. Thanks in advance

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I had one on my wrist. my doc had two options for me, seeing as how it was starting to interfere with mobility:

1. hit it with a heavy book (think encyclopedia)

2. laser removal

before I conjured up the balls to get someone to try the book method, I accidently wacked it on a doorframe one day and the next day it was gone.

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I had that happen when I got a major deep quad bruise and the blood pooled in my quad and calcified - couldn't even straighten my leg - It took an extreme session of deep, hard massage and electro stim from our trainer to get it out. That massage was the single most painful thing I've ever gone through.

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though it probably a calcium deposit, it may be a ganglion.

had a lump at the top of my heel for quite a while; it would sometimes bother me somewhat if skating quite a bit - eventually had it x-rayed nothing showed up as bone or bone spurs so it was determined to be soft tissue depoit.

had it ultra sounded at sports clinic for a while to shrink and soften it - worked only somewhat

had it surgically removed at the same time i got my big toe nails area operated to remove some slice of toe nail due to regular ingrown toe nails, and the doctor said the lump by my heel was a ganglion; even with removal these things can reappear sometimes. still a lump there but it is much smaller and i don't feel/notice it as much.

i think i probably first started getting it after i blocked three slap shots in one game in the same place on my foot.

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I had the exact same thing last year. I figured it was a calcium deposit, and I played through it. I just didn't tighten my right skate as much I usually do and it was alright. Wasn't too much pain. Went away after about two weeks on it's own.

If you need it gone right away though, hit it with a giant book, or get it removed.

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If you haven't yet, consider getting an xray. If there is a calcium deposit located within a tendon, that is a specific treatable condition called calcific tendinosis. A MSK radiologist can then break down the deposit using ultrasound and a needle, then leave some steroids behind. Can speed healing of this lesion by weeks. Even if you've had an xray, consider asking a specialist (ortho or an academic radiologist) to take a look at it because it's rather underdiagnosed.

If it's just a spur off of your talus or tibia (eg, ankle joint), then it's just arthritis. Alleve is everyone's (well, everyone without stomach ulcers) friend.

Good luck.

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I had one on my wrist. my doc had two options for me, seeing as how it was starting to interfere with mobility:

1. hit it with a heavy book (think encyclopedia)

Yeah, they used to call it a Bible cyst.

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Topping this thread because I just started having problems with a similar spot on my foot (front of ankle, right where the top of the foot meets the shin) and Dr. Google pointed me toward a ganglion cyst... and now I'm curious if anyone else here has experienced this and could describe it a little more?

About a month ago, in the middle of a game, I noticed this spot was tender/sore, and I assumed it was just from a blocked shot. I didn't recall actually taking a shot in that exact spot that game, but I play D and get hit with all kinds of garbage so I figured it must have been that, or perhaps I had just tied my top eyelets a bit too tight... I don't get lace bite but I figured there was a first time for everything. I loosened the skate but it bothered me for the rest of the game. It was sore the next few times I skated and I noticed there was a small lump and it was tender off the ice, but I ignored it. It didn't bother me too much for a while, but now I'm finding it really bothers me again, though not all the time. For example, I played last night and it was just a bit tender and felt like my skate was too tight again but didn't affect my play, but this morning I played pickup and it was excruciating. It's been bothering me all day since I took off my skates.

If this is a ganglion cyst, my understanding is that even surgery or aspiration tend not to prevent reoccurrences, so I'm more interested in what people who do get these actually do to get rid of them or minimize them or at least reduce the pain while they have them... I don't mind the lump itself, (it's even smaller than the one in the original poster's photo) but the feeling of stiffness and then pain while I skate is obviously problematic.

Thanks in advance if anyone has experience they want to share. I'm also kind of intrigued by the book thing. The internet says that people used to do that, but if I just talk someone into punching this thing am I going to regret it or make it worse? Obviously the internet doesn't recommend it but I'd totally have a friend whack it with a book if it actually works.

And yes, I'll probably go see a doc, but it's nice to get other hockey players' experiences. Thanks!

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