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For many months now, i've had a non-stop tenderness with mild-to-moderate pain across my left ankle. there was no known injury or cause. it has worsened and is slightly swollen. it hurts to the touch, even during sleep, and also any time i flex it. my parents think it might be tendon-related. i'm wondering what sort of healthcare provider should i seek out to have this looked at? i feel a bit paranoid b/c i worry about blood clots (i have factor v leiden-heterogeneous) tenderness in ankle?

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Dr. David Ellis
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Ankle pain: Usually this is tendon or joint related pain and not blood clot related. Your primary doctor can evaluate your ankle and consider plain Xray first along with a physical exam which can tell a lot about the possibilities. Day to day strain on this weight bearing joint can make a mild sprain difficult to heal and cause pain.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
PCP: I agree with Dr. Ellis. Start with your primary care provider who can assess and determine cause. S/he will determine if any further referrals are needed.

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