This incredible young man has been through quite an ordeal. He was had several years of severe lower extremity pain as a competitive runner, to the point the even walking became an ordeal. He was diagnosed with exertional compartment syndrome and a series of nerve compressions in both of his legs. Exertional compartment syndrome is a medical condition in which it is believed that the blood flows into the legs fills the muscles with the blood but has a hard time getting out of the muscles. This causes increased pressure within the tight compartments that hold each of these muscles, eventually leading to intense pain and ultimately weakness. In addition to this, however, this patient was even more unusual in the fact that he had additional nerve compressions (pinched nerves) while at rest that caused his constant pain, numbness, and tingling and burning at the same time. His pain was a pressure sensation and tightness in the lower legs, in all parts of the calf and outer leg muscles, but also burning, tingling, numbness into the top and bottom of his feet on both sides.
It did take several stages to get him to where he is today, but he is back running and exercising. He had all five of his lower extremity muscle compartments released (anterior, lateral, superficial posterior, deep proximal posterior, and deep distal posterior compartments), and had the common peroneal, superficial peroneal, proximal tibial, and tarsal tunnels released on each leg.
He is now back to more normal activities, walking, and running with much less discomfort, and resolution of the burning, tingling, and numbness.
We are excited to see him active again. It was a hard-fought battle for sure, but one with a good ending.