Hi Guys, I posted in ask a TMS Therapist but thought this would also be a good place to see what people think. Back in January 2018 about middle of the month, I was going through a bunch of shoes trying them on because I needed a pair to wear for a convention that goes on that I work at for 4 days on my feet. My job normally is in an office but we do the convention once a year and I've been at my job for 12 years now. I know on one level I really don't want to be at the convention as it is very social and I have to carpool there and work at the booth the whole time. So, I was putting on different shoes and couldn't find a comfortable pair and this made me angry at myself on why my feet don't just fit. I felt I was running out of time and needed something soon. I was in a mall and on my way out my right foot felt like it got twisted or bent over too far. I felt some pain and thought uh oh...did I just hurt myself? It didn't feel right after that so after a few days I went to urgent care and had it looked at. My foot was not blue or dark and the pain was bad but it wasn't on the surface so when the doctor felt it, he thought it was a very minor sprained ankle. I was nervous on standing on my foot in a week for 4 days so I ended up telling work and they got a chair that I could sit on for the convention. My foot seemed to be hurting really bad whether I was sitting in a chair at work or standing, or even laying in bed. I ended up getting a brace at big 5 sporting goods to help it. I started to cry after work on my way to get a brace as I didn't want to make a scene at work on the discomfort and the stress of what if it doesn't get better? Some of the pain could be described as burning or a pin needle feeling, sometimes feels like something being pulled or stretched...It is the very bottom right side like the nerves and it can go upward in the back towards the ankle/back of the foot. Sometimes standing causes issues or walking, sometimes it hurts in general, other times just sitting down in a chair and my foot will be irritated. I got a brace the first week it happend and I felt some relief. The week later, I had to drive to the convention, there was traffic and I was stuck driving for 2-3 hours. The pain was really bad from the stop and go motion. When I'm walking it wasn't as bad but in that position of the pedal, it irritated worse. Long story short, I felt stressed out and ended up leaving home as I thought I may have had food poisoning as my stomach was all knoted up and I couldn't talk one of the nights after hours during dinner with the group. After I came home, it slowly went away and I felt normal again so I think that was just stress of the whole thing. I felt dissapointed in myself realizing it was anxiety at play and I couldn't just make it through the show the 2 days left of the 4. Long story short, it is now June 20th, I saw a podiatrist foot doctor a few times and tried a sock like brace thing he gave me which gives support and helps tendonitis/sprained ankle, he thought I may have had tendonitis or ligament issues as I explained when I initially hurt myself. Since I felt like I wasn't feeling better, I ended up getting an MRI of my right foot and this is what it says. I haven't gone back to see him yet because I'm not sure what he would suggest next and am wondering if there is any reason for the pain or if this all points to TMS and may be counterproductive to continue the Podiatrist route. MRI Findings: Tendons: There is no evidence of tendoinosis, tendon strain, tendon tear or tenosynovitis. The peroneals, flexors, extensors, and achilles tendons are well visualized. Osseous structures. No evidence for osseous stress response, fracutre, or avascular necrosis. No evidence for talar dome osteochondral defect. There is no evidence for coalition. Ligaments. The syndesmotic ligaments are intact. The anterior talofibular ligament midly tented, but noting intact fibers. The calcaneofibular and posterior talofibular ligaments are intact. Plantar fascia is not thickened or torn. There is no plantar denervation effect. other findings. The fat planes in the sinus tarsi are preserved. The onctents of the trasal tunnel are maintained. IMPRESSION: 1. No acute tendon injury. The peroneal tendons are intact. 2. Midly attenuated anterior talofibular ligament with otherwise intact fibers. No acute changes seen. 3. No acute fracture, ostenecrosis or stress response. From this, it sounds like there is some attenuation on my ligament in the back right where I do get some pain but my question is is this normal or from the actual injury? Is the injury more of a mental reason to cause distraction for me or does it just require actual time to heal? Right now, I have been wearing a sock shaped thing (perhaps still called a brace)? with a figure eight strap around it that I put on in the morning and keep on until I go to bed. My mind tends to go all over the place not sure of anything so I wonder if the sock brace thing is good to wear or if perhaps I shouldn't wear it at all and maybe it is all psychological. It has been 5 months now. I have had TMS related issues in the past with my hands with tendonitis in my forarms and hand pain. I also had shoulder pain from an actual injury that started hurting for awhile and I was able to calm that down after getting an MRI and realizing it was so minor. For some reason though, my foot it scares me as I like to take hikes and also my convention thing will be coming up again in January so I just think, I will need to be on my feet this time (no chair) and I start to have fear of will it be healed by then. There is just an insecurity. I don't know what to believe as TMS is not really widely believed so it gets confusing seeing a foot doctor. Looking at the MRI report, I would really appreciate thoughts on this. It could certainly be TMS again but what if it isn't? Should I not wear the brace anymore? Thank you very much for any help on this!