I am/ was in my late 20's. I began getting horrible tendinitis in both feet and ankles. For years this has plagued me, mostly in the winter. After going to various orthopedists/ podiatrists, the conclusion seems to be that my calves are too tight causing other problems down the leg, especially in the foot. One doctor called this equinus gastrocnemius.
The pain appears randomly and lasts for several days/ weeks usually affecting one foot/ankle at a time. Many times I can't walk and I miss work, etc. And when I say "can't walk" I mean I can't even get from my bed to the bathroom without crutches or crawling.
That said, 1/3 doctors recommended surgery to lengthen my calves. The others just recommend stretching and physical therapy. At this point I think the surgery is the way to go. That said all of my doctors have just been guessing. Blood tests come back negative for gout, rheumatoids, etc.
Tight calves though!?! I am an athlete in my 20's and I can't walk 20% of the time because of tight calves??? I am in minor pain 90+% of my life! I think something else is up, especially since the pain comes and goes without correlation to movement/stress/ exercise.
Anyone been here?