Frequent ankle pain and swelling

Patient

Q: I am having ankle pain on the outside of my ankle just under the bone. I have had pain for a few years in my ankle (just the right one) and sometimes it swells up. I never really thought anything of it because the pain would just come and go and my ankle isn't tender to the touch. I can touch it and it doesn't hurt. But sometimes (a few times a week) I just have sharp pain in my ankle. Usually it only lasts for a few seconds and then it goes away for a while. Some days it doesn't hurt at all. Lately, it has hurt so bad that I am not able to put any weight on my foot without it hurting. I never did anything to hurt it. It's just sharp pain that comes and goes. I went to the doctor for it once and they told me to go on crutches for 2 weeks. While I did this, it didn't hurt, but as soon as I stopped using the crutches, it started hurting again. I have tried several different braces/wraps on it and I even got an expensive pair of shoes that had good support and nothing helps. Does this sound like a ligament/tendon issue that might require surgery? Or what does it sound like? Whenever I go to the doctor they just say "sorry, we can't do anything to help your ankle." But I can't stand it anymore. I have had it x-rayed twice and the x-rays always come back normal..... Thank you for your time!

Symptoms:  Frequent ankle pain and occasional swelling
Doctor

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: My son was injured at hockey practice, he fell backwards onto his arm, he screamed instantly and was taken to the ER,...

Q: My dad is in his mid 50s has always been strong and hard worker as a drywaller few years back he broke his two floate...

Q: Yesterday my daughter and I were playing and she leaped forward and hit my cheek bone with her head. The pain was imm...

Q: Hi doc , i did my first boxing class today i am a 35 years old female , fit after i finished my class i felt some pai...

Q: I fell off the bed trying to step on the night stand to hang a picture. It all happened so quickly, i fell with the ...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews