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(San Diego, California)
Hi I am a mail carrier and have been doing it for over 9 years on 08/16/2011 I sprained my right ankle while crossing a front yard (uneven dried grass) carrying my satchel (mailbag) half way full may be 15 pounds. I did not have a lot a pain, actually I was getting better the next 3 days. I noticed that if I walked over 4 hrs or carrying a lot mail I will get the pain back and started limping and swelling ankle. It was a on and off condition. After two weeks a callus on the left foot started hurting me, put a callus remover on 09/10/11 and callus was gone on 09/12/11. Since I am diabetic, I had a reaction and my foot got infected. I was on crutches for a week. I returned to work and the infected foot (left) was ok, but the right ankle was still bothering me, the same on/off pain. I seek for medical help, x-rays look normal on 09/26/11, returned to work with no restriction only with an ankle support. My condition was the same and returned to the doctor with the same problem, on/off pain and ankle swelling. Finally I was put off from work on 10/27/11.Had a aq-boot for 2 months, cast for 3 weeks and air cast for other 3 weeks and no walking for more that 20 min. On 02/15/12 I had a MRI and I was told that I have fluid in my ankle and torn ligament, diagnosed with "SINUS TARSI SYNDROME". I had 2 shots for pain, and going to physical therapy, I don't feel any improvement. Since I am a mail carrier do you think this could be a chronic condition due to the type of job that I have? Or it was only caused because I sprained my ankle?
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