Weird foot/ankle pain ?!?!?!?

By MarkS Latest Reply 2012-01-17 10:09:35 -0600
Started 2012-01-16 12:21:04 -0600

I wonder if anyone else has experienced anything like what I will describe below as well as what you've done for relief. About a week before Christmas I woke with terrible pain on the outide (left lateral) of my ankle. There was slight pain when I walked, however, when my leg was relaxed my ankle throbbed so much that I was taking ibuprofen. Stairs were a challenge since the pain was exacerbated when going both up and down. The worst pain was when I crossed my right leg over my left to either put on my sock or tie my shoe. My wife suggested the doctor and then the emergency room, which I refused since I didn't want to screw up the holidays. On Christmas morning, the pain suddenly was gone and I felt perfect. Fast forward to two and a half weeks later and I was awoken at 2 AM in the morning by sharp pains in my right foot. It took 4 ibuprofen and about three hours before I was able to fall asleep because of the pain. I endured the discomfort for a day and then saw the doctor. My symptoms really puzzled him. He ordered an arterial doppler for my foot (blood flow was normal) and an x-ray (beginning osteoarthritis); the amount of pain was considered unusual for osteoarthritis with the end result being "Take Alleve." Can anyone offer suggestions? Thanks to all.

5 replies

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 13:28:49 -0600 Report

Have had something similar. For me it is an issue with the lower (lumbar) spine and i've found a chiropractor most helpful. (This was after 2 years with an orthopedic doc who eventually offered me a referral to a psychologist so that I could learn to live with the pain! Yeah, right: not what I wanted from my life either!) I usually use ones who are Palmer graduates and have found a number of very good ones over the years. There are many others, I wouldn't go near, so look at their training not just their ads.

Young1s 2012-01-16 13:20:33 -0600 Report

Yes. Get a second opinion if you can. The only thing OTC meds are going to do is mask the symptoms that are screaming to be dealt with. Otherewise, you'll be dealing with a major problem later on down the line, when it could have been avoided ahead of time.

Rick Forcelle
Rick Forcelle 2012-01-16 12:36:19 -0600 Report

I have foot pains everyonce in awhile and when I first get up from sitting down I walk with a limp. By taking the meds will that help in time? Just wondering

MarkS 2012-01-17 09:50:19 -0600 Report

The Alleve helped (had to take three tablets - 660 mg) to get me through the night without the pain waking me up. This time the pain lasted for four days (Sunday night through Thursday night) and was pretty much gone on Friday.

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