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Hi I hope you can help? I have been running and recently I

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Hi I hope you can help?
I have been running and recently I hurt my ankle. It started hurting the next day after my run, I have no swelling or bruising, I stopped running for 3 weeks as advised on runners world, and on the 4th week when all pain had subsided is started doing gentle starching with my feet, after a week of stretching I started to run again, short runs to break into it again as suggested, and all was fine and till I got a sharp pain in at the top of the foot and at the base of the leg in the joint. Someone suggested it could be a trapped nerve and would go away after a few days rest that it did! So I ran again and the pain seems to be in the same place and now goes around the ankle under the outside ankle bone, hurts when I stretch my toes out / when putting on wellington boots! The pain is more apparent when not being used, and when I press all around the foot there is no pain. Can you help and advise?
I look forward to hearing from you
Thanks & regards XXXXX
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 5 years ago.
Hello Mark Florey,

Were any investigations done to see for the cause?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No, like I said I hurt my foot originally it was on the inside of lower ankle, pain went away after rest. And then this new pain has arrived in different place!

Expert:  Ken replied 5 years ago.

I do understand your anxiety.

Pain at ankle and foot {re-appearance of pain} worries me. It needs to be evaluated. Let me explain a bit.

Ankle is a complex joint of the body. There are multiple bones {tibia, fibula, tarsal bones} with overlying ligaments, tendons/ nerves and vessels. Trauma or jerk to the ankle can injure any of the above. In your case I suspect bone contusion or tear at ligaments. Stretching of the toes causes pressure over the concerned ligaments which either arise near the ankle or are closely related - leading to pain.

A physical evaluation along with MRI for ankle joint should give us more answers.

Till than - Strict no to running or taking on excess weight over the foot/ avoid postures which trigger pain/ cold compress, Motrin should reduce inflammation and the pain/ keep the leg raised whenever possible, raise the leg part of your bed.

Wish you well.

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