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Diagnosed to have a extra bone growth in ankle. What might be reason for this? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jul-2013
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User:gud moring
Doctor:Good morning...
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:i have a extra bone growth in my ankle wt might be reason for this?
Doctor:Is this present since birth?
User:no no just got it digonised
Doctor:I understand, but is this growth something which occurred recently or is it present since birth/
User:i m not sure whether it was since birth but i feel recently
User:it is
Doctor:Can you describe the symptoms for which you visited the doctor?
Doctor:How was the extragrowth diagnosed - was it after X-rays?
User:yes i took xrays
User:and then doc confirmed
User:the growth
Doctor:May I know the reason why you visited the doctor? It would be better if you can describe the symptoms you had?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:cos of leg pain
User:i was gettting heel pain
User:could not walk
User:it was painful
Doctor:Since when did you have this pain?
User:think since 1-2 months
User:once i had checked with u only
User:and the pain used to come and go now that it was little high had to visit doc
Doctor:Thanks for sharing the details.
User:so could u be able to tel me wt might be the reason for this?
Doctor:Extra bone is medically described as bone extosis.
Doctor:It is something which can be present since birth.
Doctor:Sometimes the growth is after birth.
Doctor:This is an abnormal proliferation. The cause for this abnormal proliferation is unknown.
Doctor:If multiple areas of bone develop similar growth, it can be linked to genetic factors.
Doctor:Most often this extra growth is a benign condition which needs no special treatment.
Doctor:However the growth needs to be monitored carefully.
User:but any remedy?
Doctor:If there is rapid proliferation or if it causes severe pain and discomfort it can be treated by surgical excision.
Doctor:The growth cannot be resolved with medication, it has to be excised by surgery.
User:no no not very severe
Doctor:I understand, mild to moderate pain can be treated with pain killers.
User:doc gave me some tab and told to wear 1-3/4 heels
User:so that it wuld be fine
Doctor:However as we do not recommend long term use of pain killers, if the pain continues to persist or if it worsens it needs to be operated.
User:OH okk..
Doctor:Your doctors have recommended conservative treatment which I agree is the right approach now.
User:Ok any food deit required ? r excerise ?
Doctor:Based on how you respond and how the extra growth is in future, we can decide the treatment.
Doctor:Food and exercise are not known to make any difference with this problem.
Doctor:You can continue to eat normally.
Doctor:Restrict spicy food while on pain killers.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes yes got it Okk.. thank you so much will update after the tab course is over
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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