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My wife's ankle is swollen. No obvious injury. Hurting for about a month. Sharp pain when walking, worse after lying down. Any thoughts?

My wife's ankle is swollen. No obvious injury. Hurting for about a month. Sharp pain when walking, worse after lying down. Any thoughts?

Needs exam: This can be caused by a variety of conditions. Exam is needed, and prob Xray and then labs to make the correct DX and treatment. Could be arthritis--etiology can be from many things. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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I have a very sharp pain in my ankles when i walk short distances and rollerblade. What to do?

I have a very sharp pain in my ankles when i walk short distances and rollerblade. What to do?

Get ankles evaluated: Sharp pains in the ankles with activity can be caused by numerous issues. This can be either a bone and joint issue or soft tissue, such as a tendon problem. My first suggestion would be to have your feet/ankles examined by a foot and ankle specialist, like a podiatrist to help find the reason for your pain. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain at the back of my ankle? The pain comes and goes and when I have the pain it hurts so bad i can't walk on it. Its not swollen

Achilles tendinitis : The most likely cause for this type of pain is what is called achilles tendinitis. This is a small tear of the achilles' tendon or inflammation around the tendon. Some simple ways to prevent this is to do some stretching exercises. You could also benefit from a custom orthotic. I would recommend seeing your foot and ankle specialist such as a podiatrist or orthopedist to prevent further injury. ...Read more

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Ankle gives out a lot, even when walking, and afterwards, i may be unable to walk due to the pain. And it sometimes has a sharp pain. Possible causes?

Ankle gives out a lot, even when walking, and afterwards, i may be unable to walk due to the pain. And it sometimes has a sharp pain. Possible causes?

Ankle gives out: The most common cause is an old, chronic tear of the supporting ligaments on the outside of the ankle ATF and CF ligaments. PT may help give strength to the supporting ankle tendons, but if the ligaments are lax or torn, they will need to be repaired. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain at the back of the ankle? The pain comes and goes. When I have to pain, it hurts so bad i can't walk on it. There's no swelling

Achilles tendinitis: This could be achilles tendinitis ( an inflammation of the tendon in the back of the ankle that promotes ankle plantar flexion(pushing down against the ground to push off to walk). If inflamed it will hurt with walking and running. Relative rest and the use of tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and Motrin for decreasing the inflammation. Physical therapy will also aid in pain relief and healing of the tendinitis. ...Read more

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I am having recurrent very sharp pain in my ankle which was injured about 5 years ago in a fall. It was not broken, took years before i stopped having intermittent sharp pains when walking, particularly if i walk on uneven surfaces. I have done nothing

I am having recurrent very sharp pain in my ankle which was injured about 5 years ago in a fall.  It was not broken, took years before i stopped having intermittent sharp pains when walking, particularly if i walk on uneven surfaces.  I have done nothing

How's : How's the weather down there in dallas? I ask, not to be snotty, but because one of the possibilities is you're developing arthritis, which is typically made worse with weather changes. The other thought that comes to mind is a talar dome fracture. The talus is the bone that connects the ankle bones with the foot. The "dome" is the top part. Some talar dome fractures are so tiny that they aren't seen on x-ray, and if the "cuts" in the ct scan you had weren't small enough (close together), a small talar dome fracture could escape detection in a ct scan as well. What happens in talar dome fractures is, since the entire dome of the talus is cartilage (and cartilage is not visible on x-ray), the blood supply to it is poor. That little piece of bone could slowly rot away, or break free and start rolling around inside the ankle joint, grinding away at the cartilage, producing arthritis. Start with getting it re-x-rayed, and if nothing is still showing, a ct scan or MRI with 3 mm cuts in three planes would detect an occult talar dome fracture. Hope this helps. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I've been having sharp pain on the outside of my ankle bone hurts to walk?

I would see a foot: Ankle specialist to have them take a look. You may have peroneal tendonopathy, as these tendons course immediately in back of and around the underside of the ankle bone. ...Read more

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