Sharp ankle pain, no known injury

by J. Freyberg
(Seattle, WAshington)

I am getting a sharp shooting pain, more and more frequently, that seems to start from the inside ankle bone, the medial malleolus and goes upward a few inches. It doesn't last long but it is so bad that I have to immediately take the weight off it. It only happens when I walk/put weight on it, but not every time. There was not injury (that I know of). I do have flat arches, but I've worn good (fitted) orthodics for many years. My main exercise is walking several times a week. I am a 55 year old woman, overall in pretty good shape. I can't "make" it happen. There is no bruise or swelling, but just an inch and two inches above that inside bony knob, it's sore when I press it, just to the inside of the front of the long bone of my leg. Thank you for any help you can give.

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May 05, 2016
Anonymous guy in pain 2 NEW
by: Anonymous

To anonymous guy in pain posted Mar 17 16. You have described my exact situation. Been happening now on and off for several months. Have you received any help?

May 04, 2016
Crossing your ankles? NEW
by: Anonymous

I too have this shooting pain in my ankles. Sometimes it's the left, sometimes it's the right ankle. I try to walk 1/2 hr a day but lately I've been cutting it short because of these pains. It feels like my ankles is going to break. And, no, no sports injury either. I have been wondering if it may have to do with crossing my ankles. I normally rest in the recliner and have noticed that I automatically cross my ankles. I am 67 and I'm thinking that could be pulling those muscles or tweaking the joints. Any thoughts?

May 02, 2016
ankle pain NEW
by: Anonymous

this has happened to me twice starting 1 day ago. No injury whatsoever, just this sharp stabbing pain that takes my breath away, then it's gone. My ankle is not sore before or after. Really bizarre.

Apr 29, 2016
Been going through this for a long time NEW
by: Anonymous

I've experienced this for many years. But comes out of no where and takes my breath away. If I'm walking or running or just take a step. But this week has been insane. I went to adjust myself in my computer chair and pushed down on the arm rest with my hands. I had the same pain in my wrist. I've been diagnosed with Fibromyagilia. I assume it had something to do with that.

Apr 22, 2016
Quick fix NEW
by: Kurtis388

I just wanted to reach out to all of you suffering from this crazy ankle situation. Ive been experiencing the same pain for 3 months now, on and off like a light switch. Though I haven't been given a prognosis for my situation, I have found a way to alleviate the pain. Pulling up on my heal, more or less slipping on a shoe seams to reverse the pain, for the most part. I have to play with it a few times, but my first occurrence had me out for 3 days. The second time, being frustrated, I forced myself to leave and go to work. As I slipped on my boot, it reversed whatever had jammed in my ankle and it seemed to be 99% better. Don't force anything, I certainly wouldn't want an extensive injure due to my part, but it did work for me, several times, so good luck everyone, I hope this helped!!

Mar 17, 2016
Sharp intermittent pain from ankle NEW
by: Anonymous Guy in Pain

I just started experiencing this shooting pain originating from just below the outside of my left ankle. The shooting pain lasts a few seconds and when it does, my whole body reacts. I have not injured it at all. I have no idea what it could be and have never felt anything like this before. I don't believe it is anything serious, but then I am not a doctor. It doesn't look like anyone has posted any answers as to what it might be, guess I should call my doctor. If anyone knows or has had it diagnosed, please post.

Mar 16, 2016
Inner ankle sore for 2 weeks now. No idea why. I don't remember injuring it NEW
by: MLB

What you described is exactly what I have now. I have no idea how I did it. I was hoping to find some answers here but I don't see anyone posting any. 🙁 I wish I knew what it was.

Dec 30, 2015
Pain in ankles and legs NEW
by: Sarah

Several hours ago I was watching tv and from nowhere a shooting pain occurs underneath my left ankle and up my leg ive had this pain a few times before but this time the pain is much worse im only 30 what could this be Im slightly concerned

Dec 22, 2015
Ankle pain NEW
by: Mary

I have the same thing off and on for 3 weeks now, sharp pain on inner right ankle bone "no injury" I am not one to go to the dr. I am hoping it will just go away on its own. Anyone have any answers ... Serious... Not serious?? Thanks in advance!!

Dec 09, 2015
More info on ankle pain NEW
by: Nancy

I now can add after having the sharp ankle pain, and having sciatica for over four years, my foot goes completely numb by the end of the day, and during the night, stays numb and tingling through the night. This is a new thing, and I want to know which of the specialists I shoud see about this.
I am tired of going to a family doctor to get to the next step.

Dec 09, 2015
can some one tell me why? NEW
by: worry wort

I have the same pain in my ankles.more so on the right.sometimes I almost fall.wont no wat it is till my doctor app.Im going crazy thinking it's something bad.What is this

Dec 01, 2015
Ankle Pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the exact smae description of sharp ankle pain, but on the outside of my ankle. It varies on when, but is so sharp I have to wait when I stand, to continue to walk. The aching has bothered me at night also, but is not sharp like when I put pressure on it.

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Sep 04, 2015
light ankle NEW
by: Anonymous14

I'm 14 and when I walk the outside of my left ankle hurts and it is bariable but does anyone know what it iS

Sep 04, 2015
Also dealing with this ankle pain NEW
by: Amanda

It came on all the sudden and keeps catching me off guard. It will be fine for awhile and then POW! It literally almost know I me off my feet. I can't make it happen but I do feel some pain when I push my ankle inwards while pushing on my toes. I'm praying this isn't something serious but it hurts so bad I'm scared. I am 24

Aug 21, 2015
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by: Mike Edison

you should go to the doctor you may get rid from the pain.
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Aug 06, 2015
Title NEW
by: Anonymous

I was just in bed last night when out of the blue this ankle pain happened so first I didn't move it and it stopped hurting so then I moved it but the sharp pain came back. I have had a "super bug" in my toe and recently have had probable me again with my toe. Anyone know what this is???

Aug 06, 2015
Title NEW
by: Anonymous

I was just in bed last night when out of the blue this ankle pain happened so first I didn't move it and it stopped hurting so then I moved it but the sharp pain came back. I have had a "super bug" in my toe and recently have had probable me again with my toe. Anyone know what this is???

Jul 24, 2015
Random sharp Pain in left ankle NEW
by: Jessica

Today I went to a rope course and I did not get hurt at all then I when I got home I took a nap and I got up and as soon us I put my foot on the stairs my ankle just started to hurt so bad then I limped down the stairs and lied on the couch and then after a few seconds it when away I thought it was gone to I got up took 2 steps then it was back and I am only 13 so it could not be old age so now I don't know what to do

Jul 14, 2015
ankle sharp pain NEW
by: Anonmouys

I have gone to foot doc and oh. Here is an ankle wrap. I had an emg also. Still nothing since January. No one cares.

Jul 07, 2015
ankle pain NEW
by: eunk21@hotmail

I don't think it is all cases but I could see it could be caused from joint problem in many cases.

If you would like to know more email me.

you can also look up gout and it would be similar cases.

Jun 28, 2015
Ankle Pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I've read almost all of the comments and am amazed at how 'common' this malady is. I am a 74 yr. old female and just recently began experiencing the same kind of pain in my left ankle only (no injury). The pain really is debilitating, even tho' it doesn't last long. I was writing it off to 'old age,' however, it appears to affect a wide range of ages. One person appears to have had a series of tests and treatments with no on-going relief so maybe it's something I just have to live with. For those who are so much younger I doubt if I would live with 'my' solution cause I'm much closer to 'the end' than the'beginning'. I will just try to make lemonade from this darned lemon. GOOD luck to all of you!

Jun 07, 2015
sharp shooting pain up left ankle randomly NEW
by: Anonymous

Could it possibly be sciatica? I looked up the symptoms and agreed with most of them, the only thing is mine happen every couple of weeks or more and only persist for a few hours, but it's horrible!

Jun 01, 2015
Morning Ankle Pain with No Injury NEW
by: Kitty

I am 53 year old female. The last 2 days I am getting out of bed and almost falling over from a sharp pain coming from the outter part of my ankle. Within about 5 to 10 minutes the pain goes away, but my ankle continues to feel week throughout the day. It is only in my left ankle. I have read some similar postings on this web site bit I see no answers. Has anyone found out what the cause of this is?

Jun 01, 2015
Morning Ankle Pain with No Injury NEW
by: Anonymous

The last 2 days I am getting out of bed and almost falling over from a sharp pain coming from the outter part of my ankle. Within about 5 to 10 minutes the pain goes away, but my ankle continues to feel week throughout the day. It is only in my left ankle. I have read some similar postings on this web site bit I see no answers. Has anyone found out what the cause of this is?

May 06, 2015
Ankle pains NEW
by: Anonymous

I vex been having sharp ankle pains in the left for the past 6 month I have no injury or play sports but my ankle gives out with sharp pains from my foot to my ankle and it sometimes numb where I can't walk and sometimes switches to right ankle what is happening to me ! I started taking calcium thinking it will help strengthening my bones but no somebody help

Apr 22, 2015
Left ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

I am actually twelve, and have been suffering from random shoots of pain through my left, and occasionally right, ankle all my life. I do roll or skate, which likely does nothing to help it, but have been suffering from it since before I undertook skating. My mother and her brother, my uncle Alex, have both had this and Alex had to wear corrective shoes to align his feet, but I am unsure as to whether this is the same a my ankle pain. Never the less, you may want to ask relatives about any previous ailments, though considering your age (no offence intended) it seems unlikely. Occasionally a previous injury can cause your ankle to heal incorrectly so look into that as well. If this is the case, then applying pressure to certain spots can help relax and heal it. Over all, if your internet trawl does no benefit to you, I simply suggest that you visit a walk in clinic.

Feb 17, 2015
One possible cause and solution NEW
by: Anonymous

EXACTLY! I've been getting this since my mid-20s: no injury/markings--just out of the blue, I'll start getting *sharp* pains in one ankle (usually inside) whenever I put weight on it. It feels like something is about to snap. No pain otherwise. Pain killers don't help--it just goes away on its own after a few days.

After reading other posts and reflecting on my activities, I think mine is caused by sitting in a certain position (esp cross-legged or in a W) for too long.

Possible solution: someone on another board suggested a chiropractic technique that was very helpful. It didn't eliminate the problem entirely (seems like rest is the only complete fix), but it made walking *much* easier.

Just google "mysterious foot pain + freeing nerve entrapment" and watch the tutorial(he starts getting into it around 3:30)

Not sure I buy the explanation, but it worked, so I'm happy:)

Sep 19, 2014
Switching ankle pain NEW
by: Anonymous

It started on my left ankle. For no apparent reason I started to experience pain on the outside of my left ankle. No sprain twist. By the end of that night I could not put any weight on it at all. After 3 days it subsided and all was good. Until on the 5th night the right ankle started to hurt in the same exact place. Is this coinsadence or is there something wrong. I also have a bad back with disc injuries. Already had 3 surgeries not going for any more. Any idea what could be causing this pain from left to right foot?

Apr 04, 2014
Left and Right ankle pain no injury NEW
by: Tabby

Hello All, Here in the last year I have been dealing with severe left and right ankle pain, causing me not to walk and wanting to grab a seat real fast. The pain is disturbing, It's on the outer and inner ankle. The ankle bones tend to pop and crackle, very painful. What could be causing this with no injury?

Nov 02, 2013
Out of the blue, my left ankle bone is killing me. NEW
by: hope

I feel jinxed because I have no idea what it causing it and it comes and goes. I have had no injuries, not a jogger, wear my sneakers with orthotic inserts. It feels like shocks when it really hurts and I want to know what is causing it. I can't imagine it's broken or sprained b/c the pain would be constant plus there is no swelling and I can bend my ankle back and forth with no issues.
I'd rather not go back to my ortho guy who did my bone spur surgery almost two years ago on my left big toe.

Any thoughts appeciated, also, 49 year old female.
Thanks.

May 21, 2013
Kelvin response NEW
by: Anonymous

Kelvin I would go see a Dr. ASAP. As soon as I started reading your comment I thought cancer. Way better if they catch it early. Ignorance is not bliss, check it out!

May 21, 2013
Only 24 and feel 50 NEW
by: Kelvin

For the last 4 years since I was 19, i have have severe pain that starts in my ankles moves up as far as the thigh region... It feels like bone pain sometimes dull then other times sharp.when excising I sleep without pain . Most of the time in the house I have to use a Cane. I'm 6"12 ,slightly muscular and have had no injuries although I do have 2 ankle bone in each ankle but some times I even crawl it's so painful .I have a bad history of cancer in my family including bone cancer . I'm so scared .do you think this is because of my ankles ? Or should I go to the doctor? Is it normal for pain to move up the leg if it is my ankles ? Please help


Apr 30, 2013
Shooting pain in ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Just came across this page and the Jan 2013 query read as if I'd just written it! My pain is new and I've had to hold my breath every time it occurs, about 10 times today, to avoid screaming!
I do believe I know what causes mine - I've had really bad plantar fasciitis for 4 months and I've begun to alter the way I walk, thus now affecting a nerve near the tarsal tunnel.
I was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome 13 years ago, after breaking both feet, but over time and wearing orthotics it went away about 8 years ago.

Feb 28, 2013
Ankle pain NEW
by: Anony

I have had severe pain on the inside of my left ankle for a month and a half with. Swelling. And throbbing pain like a tooth ache , it make it slmost impossible to walk on it if stand with out hurting, I'm st my wits end I don't know what to do. It just started all of s sudden no injury or anything. Can some one please help me?

Feb 07, 2013
SAME ISSUE NEW
by: Anonymous

I've had this EXACT issue for the last couple of years. I'm in my early 30's with flat feet and it started one day while I was sitting down in my office. I've gone to 3 separate ankle orthopedist who have run xrays, MRI's and nerve blocks and came up empty. They have NO idea what it is. I went through physical therapy and the therapist says it is most likely a nerve impingement. This makes the most amount of sense to me, however the nerve block should have pointed this out. The problem is I still felt pain after the nerve block. Very frustrating, If anyone figures out how to beat this thing let me know

Jan 08, 2013
ankle pain. NEW
by: Anonymous

i got injured at a footie match 5months ago and hospital told me it was only a wee sprain.the past couple of wks ive been getn very bad shootin pains in and around it and tightness up the calf to the back of my knee.dnt have a clue wat it could be.

Oct 10, 2012
Ankle pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Out of nowhere both of my ankles start to hurt waking me from sleep. There is no swelling as of yet. I tried to stand up and was unable to. It took more than 10 minutes to be able to stand. I'm freaked out about this. The kicker is I take oxycodone 30mg! Morphine sulfate 15 mg ( time release) and nothing helps at all. Last month both ankles swelled up but there was no pain at all but it looked like my calv never stopped and had the same diameter from the knee to the foot. I'm also having a hard time going pee. It can take anywhere from 2 minutes to 25 to get complete emptying. Please help me, please

Aug 19, 2012
SAme with me NEW
by: Anonymous

This happened to me too!! I am a tennis player and I don't know why I sudden pain shot up my leg.

Apr 29, 2012
Recreational walker NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had pain in that location above my ankle on the inside for about a month. It is most painful in the morning when I first walk on it or after I have been sitting for a while. Does anyone else have pain that varies? Could it just be arthritis? I am only 41.

Apr 29, 2012
Recreational walker NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had pain in that location above my ankle on the inside for about a month. It is most painful in the morning when I first walk on it or after I have been sitting for a while. Does anyone else have pain that varies? Could it just be arthritis? I am only 41.

Mar 26, 2012
same pain NEW
by: J W

You described my pain exactly! Have you found out anything more about it? It is so frustrating and combined with my current bout of tennis elbow is really hurting my workouts!

Jan 06, 2012
Sharp ankle pain on the inside of the inside bone. NEW
by: M.A.

I have the same pain on my left ankle but it came after a severe ankle sprain 4 years ago. The outside of that heel also has a bruised tenderness so bad I can not rest my heel weight on the bed when I am trying to go to sleep. It has to be off with a pillow supporting the calf. I understand it is possibly caused by a nerve impingement. I really noticed it regularly after having an ankle replacement on the other (left)ankle and then had to depend on the old sprained ankle, and the sharpness became constant. Sometimes only an MRI will show why there is pain. My ankle surgeon said he would look into it after I heal from the replacement.

Aug 09, 2011
Ankle Pain, No bruise, no swelling
by: Anonymous

I recommend getting it x-rayed. Your primary physician can request a "wet reading" which means that the Radiologist will call your doctor with their initial assessment. Your physician will then tell you if you need to see an orthopedist or not. My 9 year old was doing football drills, and hurt his ankle somehow. It turns out he has a small fracture, there was NO SWELLING, NO BRUISE. Get it checked asap!

Jul 01, 2011
Ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I have had a problem with a stabbing pain shooting through my ankle for as long as I remember. I was always a mystery as to what caused it. A assumed it was due to my active life style. It is an acute pain lasting a mere second but I see to lose control of my foot. Sometimes I have a single pain and sometimes it have several in succession. One evening while using a hand held back massager on my calf I ran in over my ankle. The vibration stimulated the exact pain.At first I was startled but began to experiment. I held the massager in one place and it stimulated a rapid firing of unbearable pain. I continued to hold the massager in place and the pain subsided. I did not feel the pain for at least four years.

Nov 16, 2009
ankle pain
by: Bart - SII

I would recommend getting this looked at by your doctor. It may not be anything to be concerned about, however, without an evaluation you can't be sure. Because it is a sharp pain that significantly limits your ability to bear weight, even for a short time, it is worth getting it checked out.

Bart

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