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What can I do for pain in the hamstring that radiates to the ankle?

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I was playing tennis this am, ran for a ball (probably shouldn't have tried for it). I heard a pop in my hamstring as I went for it and immediately had to sit down on the court. I sat there awhile. The pain radiates down to my ankle. I had to forfeit the match. Definitely hurts to walk on it.

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Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. We sincerely apologize for the late reply.


I have read your query.

It looks to be hamstring strain.But to confirm this please answer some questions-

-Is there any swelling.

-Is this pain increases on walking or stretching your leg?

-Is there difficulty in walking?

-Is there any discoloration at back of your thigh?

Hamstring injuries can be very painful. So i advise you to rest completely for the next one week or so. You can try applying some anti-inflammatory spray like volini/Relispray or any other local brand that is available. It will help in reducing the inflammation inside. Also for quicker pain relief, you can use Tab. Diclofenac twice a day after food. Once you reply, i will be able to guide you further.

We once again apologize for the late reply,

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Patient replied :

I did the RICE method and couldn't walk for a full day. I have been remarkably better each day. My new question is, it doesn't hurt to walk or even run (I did!), I think I would be nervous to play tennis or do odd non forward motions. When is it okay to go back?? While I have iced I have also sat in an infared sauna which does wonders at least temporarily with pain relief.


I am very happy that you are improving.

You will be okay after 3 weeks of injury.

If you are able to run then you should gradually come to play slow paced tennis. Meanwhile continue the measures for pain relief.

Take care.

Dr. Mukesh Tiwari
Category: Spine Surgeon
Fellowship - Khandaka Hospital, Jaipur
Residency - MS, Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur, 2000
Medical School, Internship - MBBS, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, 1995
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