Ankle Hurts to Walk On; no Swelling or Bruising

by Angelica
(Australia)


Ankle Hurts to Walk On; no Swelling or Bruising

One week ago, I was walking on an even surface in platforms and fell, my ankle rolled outwards and my foot was bent towards my other foot (so inwards), I felt a sharp pain but just walked it off and all was good.

Fast forward exactly one week later; my ankle hurts to walk on. I have no idea if the pain is coming from that fall, but I haven't done anything remotely damaging to my foot in general since then.

It hurt too much to walk on continuously so I was limping and hopping to get to places. It is not bruised or swollen so I thought it would pass the next day.

Fast forward three days later and the pain is still here. I've rested, iced, compressed and elevated but the pain doesn't seem to want to go away for anymore than a few minutes after this process.

I have absolutely no idea what is wrong. It's not bruised or swollen, nor does the skin feel tender to touch.

Hello Angelica,
The news is basically good; almost no likelihood of fracture, or sprain for that matter.

But clearly one of the small joints in the ankle has become subluxated; when you weight bear it causes the sharp pain.

Whilst there's nothing simple in health care, this is probably routine; you need to find a chiropractor who works a lot with feet. Shop around.

If you do nothing, immobilisation arthritis will set in, and it'll look like the enclosed scan in a few years time.

It's probably in the ankle mortise joint, or the subtalar joint, but could be any one of many. A careful, thorough examination is called for and, like I said, I think it's likely to be routine to fix. Don't sign up for thirty treatments! Not in this instance, nor ever.

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Aug 21, 2017
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Keep going over on my ankle
by: Anonymous

Hi I'll like some advis asap please, I'll explain later why. But a month or so ago I went over on my ankle at training (taekwondo) on Wednesday and i couldn't walk on it or anything I put ice and arnica on it for several nights, I went to school and they had to provide me with crutches then Saturday morning I went a&e and they said they don't know exactly but it's maybe just a sprain or ligaments but yesterday I was in a competition fight and I went over on it again but this one was worse. It's now the next day and I still can't walk on it and I'm going holiday in a week then I've got the nationals in about 3 weeks so I really need to do something about my ankle asap.

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Aug 19, 2017
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Twisted ankle while running
by: Anonymous

It's been around 48 hrs since I twisted my right ankle outward while running. I heard a pop noise when it happened. I stopped running almost immediately and have been doing RICE for two days. There is no swelling either.

The only visible feature of the injury is some of the nerves on the outside of my right ankle are showing, but very lightly. It hurts to walk down stairs the most. The outside of my ankle feels a tinging pain when I walk. What is going on? Is it a strain or a sprain or something else? How long until I can run again?

If there is no swelling, or bruising, you can be fairly sure nothing is broken or seriously torn; it may yet turn purple however. If it does take it more seriously.

Is there any pain up the outer side of the leg.

It's unlikely you can see any nerves showing up.

Most likely you subluxated one of the bones in the ankle; the mortise and subtalar joints are the most commonly affected. The pain is incredibly sharp; I know because I've treated thousands, and done it myself.

Start by doing our ankle exercises which you'll find using the site search in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help; you may be lucky and able to reduce the subluxation yourself.

If it's not improving within three or four days, you have to start looking for someone knowledgeable about feet. Your local chiropractic association will help you find a person with a FICS qualification; a postgraduate course specialising in sports injuries.

Some ligaments will have been stretched and it will now be weak for at least a month; rush back into running and it will just happen again.

Dr B

Aug 17, 2017
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Ankle starting hurting from running
by: Jack

My ankle started hurting yesterday from running. It hurts on the outside of my right foot. It's like a pounding of pain. It hurts to walk on. But it doesn't look like it's swollen or bruised to me; I can't tell. However I have been putting ice on it and following the RICE. It is only the second day since the incident. Should I be worried? If so, what should I do?

Hello Jack,
You should only be worried enough to make you stop sport until you know it has healed, and you've been through a rehab programme. It's now vulnerable and if you strain or sprain it again in the next weeks, then there will be trouble.

If in a week or ten days it's still painful then you'd better get professional help.

This is all said not having you examined you; use your own wisdom if it dictates otherwise.

Dr B

Aug 17, 2017
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Ankle hurts after soccer but no swelling or bruising, and could not weight bear the next day
by: Anna

Just yesterday I had soccer practice. I remembered my ankle hurting but I walked it off. When soccer came to an end my ankle starting hurting again. At first I thought maybe I bruised it for it hurt a little when I walked.

Then the next day I can't even walk on it a little without pain. It is like a pounding of pain from the ankle. But I can't tell if it is swollen or bruised. It doesn't look like it but I don't know. What should I do?

Hello Anna,
First, assume the worst and don't play sport for at least a week, and perhaps three; meantime get into some active ankle exercise programme and be sure it has healed before returning to football; further injury will likely mean you miss the rest of the season. Wear an ankle guard for the first few weeks of play.

Ice your ankle for pain, even though there's no swelling, and do our ankle exercises several times a day. Get a wobble board for use in a week or two, first with guard and tightly fitting sports shoes.

If in a week or two of ice and exercise, if it's not at least 50% less painful, you'd better get a professional opinion.

Mostly you have subluxated the ankle mortise or subtalar joint; it's extremely painful but may resolve with the alphabet exercises if you are lucky. It's most unlikely that a bone is fractured so an x-ray is not indicated in my book.

I hope this helps.

Dr B



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Aug 12, 2017
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Inner ankle pain after wacking it on a gate!
by: Anonymous

Earlier today I whacked my ankle on a gate we keep at the bottom of the stairs to keep the dog from wandering upstairs. I cut part of it and I thought nothing of the rest of my ankle until I got up from the ground. It hurt to walk on and it still hurts but there is no bruising. What am I supposed to do about this?

Clean the cut up, and give it a few days rest; it's probably just bruised. Alternating ice and heat would be good, and generally keep it moving or it'll stiffen up.

If it starts to swell, or you start to think that you might have broken something, unlikely, then an x-ray might be a good idea.

Likewise if weight bearing is severely painful.

In short treat it conservatively at home for a few days, unless you've got good reasons to consult someone.

Dr B

Aug 02, 2017
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Ankle Hurts to Walk On; no Swelling or Bruising
by: Anonymous

Hello, good-day, for about a week now i jave been having very bad ankle pains. The ankle wont bend or go in a circular motion and it hurts so much to some point it prevents me from walking. I took some tremadol and other pain killers, the has subsided, however it still persists around the area of my tibia,fibula, talus and also my posterior malleous. It feels like sharp needles and sometimes a pulsing sensation. My foot doctor gave me diclofenac sodium ER 100mg and told me to do foot excercise, i dont honestly think that would remedy my issues as i need to get back to work soon. Any ideas? Thank you in advance.

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Jul 21, 2017
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Rolled My Ankle Again
by: Emma

So far this month I have rolled my right ankle twice. (Both times with my foot going inwards and my ankle outwards) The first time it swelled and I did the normal things for it, but today when I rolled it, it felt worse when I landed on it.
I was doing a leap when I landed on it and fell. The pain was intense enough for me to cry a little but then I got up, walked a little and it hurt. After resting for a bit I walked on it again and it was fine.
Now the problem is that from my ankle to thigh, there is a lot of pain, especially from my ankle to knee. Could this be something like a shin splint and if it isn't good in the morning, should I be worried?

Hello Emma,
When your sprained your ankle the first time, the ligaments were stretched making it unstable; hence the second time.

Was there no bruising, known as ecchymosis in medical language, on the side of your ankle on either occasion?

The pain going up the leg is probably a strain of the peroneus group of muscles; their function is to prevent inversion, exactly what happened. They were overloaded because of the previous strain.

You must take it seriously now; next time the ligaments will rupture and you probably have surgery and be in a caste for months. Wear an ankle guard, and alas you have to stop your sport.

There is probably also a subluxation of the ankle mortise or subtalar joints; that's what causes the 'tears in the eyes' pain; I've done it myself, so I know what you are talking about. You may be able to reduce it by doing our alphabet exercises, but it may need professional help; it's not difficult, nor painful in the hands of a skilled chiropractor who is knowledgeable about ankles. Ask around before making an appointment.

All in all, it's potentially a serious injury requiring rehab, most of which you must do; strengthening exercises, and patience whilst it heals. A third time in the next months could end your sporting career.

Good luck, and work hard at those exercises.

Dr B


Jul 13, 2017
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Hurt ankle and couldn't walk but no swelling
by: Jonathan

I was playing basketball in sandals over the 4th of July and I jumped off to get the ball and I landed on my left ankle and it went in towards my right foot; I had to be lifted of the court and couldn't walk for 2 days but I had no swelling on my ankle whatsoever

It hurts below the ankle and it is tender; it's been a week and a half and it's getting better but I still have trouble extending it; should I wait it out or see a doctor?
I first thought I sprained it but I had no swelling and it is right below my ankle any thoughts on what it is?

Hello Jonathan,
With no swelling or bruising, it's unlikely you broke anything, but I can tell you there are plenty of missed fractures in the ankle. If you want to be sure, get a picture.

More likely you have subluxated the talus in the ankle mortise; I've done it myself and have treated hundreds; it hurts! A lot.

When you invert the ankle like that the talus become malaligned and causes that very sharp pain. Generally, it's very simple to reduce, but it will be unstable now for at least a month; ligaments will have been stretched. No sport for a bit.

My suggestion is that you ice it, do our alphabet ankle exercises and try to keep the weight off as much as possible for a week.

If it's not improving, then look for a chiropractor with a FICS sports injury qualification; it's usually relatively straight forward and shouldn't need expensive orthotics. You know not to play in sandals again!

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B

Jul 07, 2017
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Ankle Pain, No Swelling nor Bruising
by: Anonymous

Hey, a couple days ago I was playing baseball and I slid into a base quite roughly, and hurt my ankle. A couple minutes later it felt stiff, and then I couldn't walk on it without a sharp pain in the outside ball of my left foot.
It's been a few days and there is still no swelling or bruising. I'm not sure if I broke my ankle, but I can't walk without major pain. The skin around my fibula and lateral malleolus is tender, but I don't want to pay a large hospital bill for something that may not be broken. Can you help me out?

If there's no swelling or bruising then the likelihood of a fracture is relatively small, but not zero; likewise for ruptured ligaments.

More likely you have subluxated the ankle mortise joint between the talus and the tibia; walking on it causes exquisite pain. Fortunately it's relatively easy to fix, if you can find a chiropractor who works with feet. You won't need an expensive orthotic.
Then you will have to rehab it properly before returning to sport, or it'll simply happen again.

See if you can find a chiropractor with a FICS postgraduate sports qualification; phone your local association.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

Jun 17, 2017
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Rolled ankle, no swelling or brusing
by: Anonymous

Hi, about 3 weeks ago I was skateboarding and ended up landing in the grass. I hit a ditch and landed on my right ankle, (pointed inward, towards my left foot). I felt a pop and initially felt pain when moving it.

A day after that it was fine to walk on, no swelling, no bruising.

It only hurts when I turn my ankle inwards, and hurts way more than when I usually hurt my ankle. The pain has been the same since then, getting no better nor worse. Any tips on what I could have done to myself? I'm only 16 and I haven't had any sprains or more serious injuries in the past. I have twisted it like this many times before, although it only lasted a day or two. What kind of injury could I have and what can I do to help myself recover quickly? (Thanks for the help in advance).

Apologies, I missed this.

Each time you twist your ankle, the supporting ligaments are stressed and stretched; this time it's obviously a bit worse, just no tearing, so no bruising or swelling; the ankle is becoming unstable. Wear a guard when skateboarding in future.

There are a number of possibilities, but you have probably subluxated one of the small joints in the foot or ankle. That causes sharp pain with movement, especially if weight bearing.

Start with our ankle exercises; use the site search function to find them.

It's now six weeks since the injury; if it's still painful, you shouldn't leave it much longer; get a professional opinion.

Dr B

Jun 15, 2017
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Severe ankle pain periodically after construction work since sprain ten years ago.
by: Chase

I'm 31 years old and I've worked in construction since I was 15 years old. Every so often (a month, or so) my right ankle will start to hurt when I put weight on it. It usually only lasts a day or so, sometimes a few days, then everything is back to normal.

This week my ankle has been hurting very badly. It usually starts around 2:00 (6 hours into the work day) and doesn't stop hurting until the next morning. Normally it only hurts when I put weight on it, but this week it's been hurting long after I get home from work. It's hurting way more than normal also, throbbing pain, almost like a migraine but in my ankle instead of my head and not quite as bad as a migraine but pretty close.

I did sprain my ankle years ago in my early 20s but it's never really given me problems until the past 2 years. I've noticed it's hard to find shoes that don't make my right ankle hurt, but I've been wearing the same shoes to work for at least a month and haven't had any problems until this week.

I could speculate, Chase, but clearly what's needed is a professional examination of your ankle; old untreated sprains certainly do leave their mark. Quite likely jumping from scaffolding and the like has an effect too.

Start hunting for someone who knows about feet; not just expensive orthotics. And I think an x-ray would probably we wise too.

Meantime start our ankle exercises; alternating ice and heat until that throbbing stops would help.

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B


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Jun 09, 2017
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Outside of my foot hurting to walk on since wearing flats
by: Jess

Hi there,

I was wondering if you could shed some light on whatever it is going on with my foot.

Recently since I came back off holiday (I was wearing flats all the time) the outside of my foot, particularly in between the little toe and heel, is really hurting to put pressure on it; when I'm standing, running, or even when I'm lifting my foot up and down when walking.

It's giving me pain even when I rest it. However I went to the A&E department and they said that the x-ray didn't show anything. So I left; fast forward two days and my foot is in agony.

I don't know if I have done anything if the x-ray didn't show it? I have no bruising or swelling, but I don't know why it's still hurting if nothing looks to be wrong? Could it be my shoes?

Hello Jess,
Yes, it could have been your flats that stirred it up; I'd be inclined to avoid that pair of shoes at present.

There's plenty that can happen in any joint that doesn't show up on x-ray; remember it shoes only the bones and, in the foot, there are so many small bones overlapping that it's quite difficult to read.

In this area is a bone called the cuboid; it articulates with six other foot bones; when it becomes fixated or subluxated it upsets the biomechanics of the whole complex.

Start with our ankle exercises for a week, and meantime start looking for a chiropractor who works with feet; just checking the lower back and pelvis is not sufficient. And don't accept expensive orthotics initially.

Usually a few adjustments of the foot and some exercises will suffice.

If you're overweight get it off; the obese always suffer with foot and knee pain.

Dr B


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Jun 03, 2017
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I don't know what to do about my ankle pain
by: Josh

About 5 years ago, I somehow managed to hurt my right ankle. I have no idea how, but I was laying down and when I got up, my ankle just hurt. From what I remember, it wasn't red or swollen or anything. Over time, my ankle would get really stiff and I would have to walk on the outer edge of my foot until my foot would act like nothing had happened to it; no pain or anything.

Over time, my ankle was never stiff but in the evenings and especially after a workout that included the foot it would hurt to put my weight on it. Sometimes I can't put any pressure on it and sometimes I can. Also, I'm not sure if this means anything but there is an audible pop whenever I evert my foot outwards to the right.

Hello Josh,
The ankle mortise joint controls the up and down movement; known in anatomical terms as dorsi and plantar flexion.

The rolling ankle action of the foot from side to side however is where your problem appears to lie, and in particular eversion. That occurs largely in the subtalar joint. It lies between the talus bone and the calcaneus or heel bone.

The subtalar is a complex joint, really consisting of three joints; when it becomes fixated the whole biodynamics of the ankle and foot changes and it can be enormously irritating and painful.

Normally it's a very simple subluxation to reduce, often fixed in one or two treatments; but after five years that's another story.

You make no mention of what other treatment you've had. If none, this is an awfully long time to live with such a treatable condition.

Obviously, I'm speculating about what's happening; what's needed is a thorough examination and an x-ray.

See if you can find a chiropractor with a FICS qualification, and don't accept that an expensive orthotic is the solution.

Let me know how you get on. Oh, by the way, you could start our ankle exercises.

Dr B


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May 31, 2017
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What should I do?
by: Chloe Bowman

A few weeks ago around May 11th we were practicing for track and field, while I was waiting to do triple jump I did a practice one on the grass. While I did the practice one my lower right leg kinda gave out and I almost fell but I didn't, and it felt like I pulled something or even torn something. But on May 10th I was complaining to my mom that my lower leg was hurting and it really hurt to walk on it. Ever since May 11th at school I wear a tensor badge on my foot and up my leg by only to my knee it hasn't really gotten better. Lasts week in class m friend pointed out that my foot was swelling up and turning purple, but my tensor badge was really loose so it couldn't I couldn't of been loosing circulation to my foot. Now ever since that day last week everyday my foot swells up and ever so often it will turn purple. But just Tuesday the swelling got really bad and now ever time it swells up I can't see my ankle bone and yesterday I couldn't even feel my ankle bone. I haven't went to the doctors yet because my mom said she will call but she never has. I do take the tensor off when I get home from school, then put it on a hour later but then I take it off again before I go to sleep. My questions are, should I go see the doctor? What could it be? What should I do? And what could of caused it?

May 26, 2017
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ankle sprain pain but none when walking or running
by: Rohit

Its been two weeks since my ankle sprain. It hurts when I turns it inside or outside but no pains in walking as well as running. Should I apply heat after the RICE method?

Hello Rohit,
The subtalar joint controls those movements; it's really a complex of three joints that manage inversion and eversion of the ankle. Provided it's in neutral it would seem to can move fairly normally.


If there's no swelling or bruising then you probably have subluxated the calcaneus, but I'm hazarding a guess.

Try the alphabet exercises and it may reestablish its normal orientation, otherwise you need to consult someone who works with ankles; this is normally very simple; no expensive orthotics.

Give it a chance to heal properly; serious sequelae develop if you reinjure it in the next month.

Yes, you can apply heat after ice.

Dr B

May 21, 2017
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Hit ankle, no fall or roll.
by: Sarah

Yesterday I was walking inside and I accidentally hit the outside of my ankle on a large squared leg of a buffet table. It definitely hurt initially but I just walked it off.

Today I woke up and I have difficulty walking/putting full weight on that foot. The ankle is sore to the touch but there is no swelling or bruising. It especially hurts (stabbing feeling) when I extend my foot down or away from my leg. I'm going to start icing it but I don't know if I should get a checkup or take time off work.

I work at a university so I do about 9 'minutes of walking on street, sidewalk, hills, stairs just to get to my office. Would that be bad potentially? Thanks.

Hello Sarah,
Although the lateral malleolus, the bump on the outside of the ankle is a common fracture site, I doubt somehow that you have broken anything. A hairline fracture should be considered if it doesn't settle. Ice would be good in any event.

There are two joints in the ankle that control the up / down and away movements; the ankle mortise and the subtalar joints; these need to be examined should the pain continue. What's important is that it should get properly better. Don't let it become chronic.

You probably has some deep inner bruising and swelling that is restricting the movement; along with the ice, see our ankle exercises page. Start the alphabets.

Have a bicycle to get to the university?

If walking is really sore, and remains sore, then you'd better get professional help.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

May 12, 2017
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Ankle pain no swelling or bruises
by: Andrew

I play lacrosse and we had 2 games in the same day. I showed up 5 Minutes before the game started but I didn't stretch till half time; after I stretched I ran faster then I ever had in both games.

After that I had Boy Scouts and we did a 10 mile hike. After all that in the same day my feet still didn't hurt but 2 days later (Monday) I had a moderate pain in my ankle so I went to lacrosse practice thinking I could walk it off; and now I can barely walk; I limp around school and can't run or walk fast; do you know what's wrong?

Hello Andrew,
If the pain started two days later there's no question of sprain or fracture; there are a lot of small bones in the ankle and foot, as well as ligaments; something in there has been affected.

Ice it and do some gentle exercises and stay off sport until it's better; if it's not improving in a few days then you'd better ask your parents if you can consult someone who specialises in ankles and feet. It's not likely to be serious, but if you allow it to become chronic then it will give you a lot of trouble.

Don't rush to the doctor, and don't delay either if you know it's not getting better.

Dr B

May 12, 2017
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ankle injury?
by: Anonymous

I had a tournament for school lacrosse in Missoula and I believe I rolled it the wrong way when I tripped over my own feet.my left ankle immediately started to hurt afer the game when I walked, my mom told me I must have twisted it wrong. one week later when I would walk in the halls of my school I would walk and then I would get a sharp and painful feeling in my ankle and I would have to limp for a few minutes tell it stopped hurting,this went on all week. one week later I'm practicing and went I got home I got tge same painful feeling in my other ankle. It hurts after every time I run and sometimes walk on my ankles. my ankles aren't swollen but they hurt off and on,irs still happening to this day.

May 08, 2017
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I rolled my ankle but no swelling or bruising
by: Anonymous

I rolled my ankle while I was walking; I had a sharp pain shoot up my leg but I was able to keep walking so I went back to work.

About five minutes later it was unbearable; previously I have have broken five ribs, shattered my forearm so I can handle pain.

So I raised it up, wrapped and iced it and it was fine; then the next day it started hurting when I walked but I kept walking.

I can bend it forward like normal but when I bring it back to the regular position I have a sharp pain right around the joint area; what can I do because I have barrel racing practice coming up and I can't miss it.

Hello Anonymous,
I afraid you are going to miss your barrel racing, not that I've ever heard of it.

You have almost certainly subluxated the subtalar joint; it's not serious, and easy to reduce, but it will be weak for a few weeks at least; do nothing and there's a good chance it will become arthritic in a few years.

See a chiropractor with a FICS qualification; sports chiropractic, and take a break from the barrel and spend it instead with the family.

Otherwise there's misery ahead.

As we say in Holland, those who will not hear, must feel.

Dr B

May 01, 2017
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I'd like to know what the injury is to my ankle
by: Harrison

It was a nice Thursday evening playing soccer and I'm very skilled at it so I'm just getting past lots of people with the ball, then one defender takes the ball; I knock him over; he gets back up then I kick the ball between his legs; he is confused and, as I pass the ball to my teammate, he falls on the outside of my ankle.

It took six days but it healed a bit and I could kind of walk then today my Mom told me to put lots of weight on it by walking to school but when I get halfway down our street I fall and land in between the outside and front of my ankle but there is no swelling or bruising; my mom thinks I'm soft and it's just a sprain but I think not.

Sometimes, Harrison, usually I would say, parents are older and wiser, but not always.

I never realised, being a rugby fan, that you were allowed to knock a player over in soccer. That's news to me.

If it was a sprain, there would be swelling and bruising; sorry, Mom, but you're out of your depth.

Depending on what's happened in the last week, it needs to be assessed by someone who examines and treats ankles on a regular basis.

I take it you're still in school; pay particular attention to your grammar courses. It took me longer to correct your grade 3 English than to reply to the question!

Dr B


Apr 26, 2017
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Tripped over a fence
by: Anonymous

I was walking yesterday when I tripped over a fence onto some uneven ground. I landed on my ankle and I can't walk on it since the accident. There is no swelling but a bit of bruising around the area I landed on. What do you think it could of happened to it? Is it just a sprain or maybe a stress fracture?

Mm, my usual rule of thumb is not to rush off to the doctor or chiropractor with every little snivel or pain, but I'm not sure in your case.

If you still can't walk on it, then yes, I think it's time to have it assessed. If there's bruising, then certainly something has happened; most likely a torn ligament but an avulsion fracture is certainly one of the things to keep in mind.

Use your common sense; certainly you don't want to end up with a chronically weak ankle that becomes arthritic in time.

At least begin by icing it, perhaps strapping the ankle, taking weight off it and doing some simple exercises.

As long as you are confident that it's improving of its own accord, then you can go with the flow; just remember that torn ligaments will take at least six weeks to heal. If you sprain it again in the next few weeks, then there will be drama.

Dr B


Apr 23, 2017
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Can't walk on ankle, no swelling
by: Emily

I stepped out of a pizza place today and missed a step, ending up with me rolling my ankle inward. I collapsed at that moment in pain, but was able to get up and walk fine after that all the way home. However, about 20 minutes later, the pain became so unbearable I could hardly walk without wincing. There's no swelling, just a small bruise on top of the foot near the ankle.

Its been a few hours and I can't walk three steps without having to sit. I also can't move my foot sideways without severe pain. Still no swelling. Is this just a mild sprain?

Apr 13, 2017
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Painful ankle no swelling
by: Anonymous

I stepped down a set of stairs and felt a searing pain like my ankle buckled now I have no swelling and no bruising but I am not able to put any weight on it
I have it raised and strapped
Should I get a X-ray, deep tissue massage, or use some deep heat on it??

Apr 13, 2017
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Ankle fracture causing much pain twenty years later
by: Andy

Hi I was in an RTA twenty years ago, which left me with a broken tibia, fibula and a fractured ankle; fast forward to six years ago,and I ended up with osteoarthritis in the same place, on top of my foot; now I still get swelling, pain, and at times am unable to put much weight on it; I have to wear push on shoes not laced ones as tying laces is too unbearable.

Do you have any advice?

Hello Andy,
I guess not a lot. Accidents of this nature invariably leave their mark, but yours is worst than most; at least it wasn't your neck. You ankle may have to be fused.

Having said that, if you're willing to go for a series of say six to ten chiropractic treatments, and then once a month, you would probably get about 50% relief; there's no hope of a 'cure'.

But remember I haven't seen your x-rays or examined your leg, so that's a thumb suck.

You need to start hunting for a chiropractor who works with feet; not expensive orthotics, but actually does hands on stuff. A FICS qualification would be a great help; phone your local state association.

Then I'd start doing the alphabet exercises which you'll find using the search function at Chiropractic Help. Do you them faithfully several times a day; they're simple.

I hope this helps; let me know how you get on.

Dr B


Apr 03, 2017
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Jessica , ankle
by: Anonymous

Hi, I jumped down about 2 feet yesterday and rolled my ankle; there was an instant sharp pain and I couldn't bear any weight; it is swollen but no bruising and hurts even when immobilized; should I go to the doctors?

Hello Jessica,
It's always a difficult question as to when one should rush off to the doctor or chiropractor; if you feel you've had a significant injury, then, yes, you probably should.

The fact there's no bruising suggests there are no actually torn ligaments or fracture, but rather a strain, and the sharp pain is usually caused as the talus bone subluxates in the ankle mortise joint. That should be reduced as soon as possible, and is a very simple procedure for an experienced chiropractor.

I would recommend icing the painful, swollen area twice a day, bind it in a compressive bandage and stay off it if every step is still causing that sharp pain. See our ankle exercises page.

Don't allow it to become chronic; if it's still sore, clicking then certainly see someone in a couple weeks.

Dr B


Mar 18, 2017
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ankle pain when walking
by: Lisa


About 4 days ago I was walking down my stairs and I rolled over on my ankle (as in my ankle outer side was parallel with the stairs and my foot was inwards) I heard a very loud crack and instant pain; there is no swelling I can really notice and no real bruising to it, but every time I put weight on it there's a sharp pain shooting up to my kneecap.


Really any movement is intense; if I touch my tibia the pain is ten times worse; I have been wrapping it, icing it, and elevating it to no difference; the only time there is no pain is when it's immobilized and I'm off it.

Is this a strain, break, fracture, or muscle/nerve problem? I hate doctors so everyone's suggestion please.

Hello Lisa,
Whilst I understand your dislike of doctors in general, and perhaps chiropractors too, don't allow this attitude to cause you to become chronically ill or disabled; it happens.

If you read this column regularly you'll find plenty of folk who have done just what you have, and in two years are still in pain, unable to walk easily and with a grinding sound starting.

An x-ray would be advisable; a fractured lateral malleolus is a distinct possibility. Or that loud crack may have occurred as the talus or calcaneus subluxated as your ankle went over.

Dr B


Mar 16, 2017
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Haven't injured yet foot is painful
by: Liz

Hi.
I haven't injured or hurt my foot or ankle in any way and it doesn't hurt to touch, but for the last 3 days I haven't been able to weight bear at all and the pain (only when walking) is awful.

Have you any ideas please?

Hello Liz,
As with any severe pain, it's better to have it assessed sooner rather than later. Certainly as soon as you know it's not improving of its own accord.

Meantime, ice and gentle exercises. See our ankle exercise page at Chiropractic Help.

Dr B

Feb 25, 2017
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What's wrong with my ankle?
by: Brie

I'm only 13 and I pointing my right foot the after that there was a sharp pain and it hurt too much to walk on.

I've iced it and raised it, even if I slightly move it, it hurts a lot. There's no swelling but a tiny bit of bruising; I stay off of it as much of I can but my family is always on the road for my brothers' hockey so it's kinda hard.

When I am walking on it I limp a bit so all my weight isn't on it and like I said if I move it a tiny bit it hurts.

Hello Brie,
By 'pointing' do you mean you hurt it in ballet? If there's some bruising it means that you've torn something; it's bleeding under the skin.

That doesn't usually cause severe pain when walking, but often at the same moment that it sprained, you subluxated one of the small bones in the ankle; then it's very painful to walk on.

Fixing a subluxated talus bone for example isn't usually difficult but your folks may have trouble finding a chiropractor who works a lot with feet ankles; you shouldn't need an expensive orthotic.

Dr B

Feb 24, 2017
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Is this a ligament problem or a possible fracture?
by: Anonymous

I fell over about four weeks ago and my ankle turned inwards so it's the outer part of my right ankle that hurts. I'm used to spraining my ankle often because of playing netball but haven't sprained it in a few years.

So I get used to just walking on it and using it as normal afterwards; therefore not usually painful after the first day.

However this time the swelling only lasted like two days and it is actually slightly painful to do some movements with that ankle. So I went to the doctor two weeks ago and she said to rest it etc and not play sport but walking should be fine - which I had been doing anyway.

However it feels worse now than it did two weeks ago as it is actually slightly painful when I'm sitting or lying down - the outside of my ankle where the bone ends feels tender when I touch it which it didn't really before - it also makes a clicking sound every time I flex it.

Is it a possible minor fracture? Or is it possible my sprain has just got worse?

Hello,
The ligaments attach to that bone on the outside of the ankle, called the lateral malleolus, which is why it's tender; it can fracture off, but that seems unlikely in your case; you wouldn't be walking on it.

At the same time that you sprained it, called an inversion sprain, what often happens is that the talus or calaneus bones in the ankle subluxate; hence the clicking sound and why walking on it increases the pain.

Look for a chiropractor who works with feet and ankles; it's usually quite simple to reduce although after this length of time it's getting more difficult. Don't leave it; it will become arthritic.

I doubt a fracture but your chiropractor might want to have it x-rayed just to be sure.

Dr B

Feb 18, 2017
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Something New
by: Anonymous

I'm 59 yrs old. I'm just getting over a cold/flu and finally felt well enough to take a walk on a paved trail. Walked about 3 miles, nothing happened. Home, I moved about for 2 hours then sat with my feet elevated watching TV. My ankle began throbbing and when I stood, I got a sharp pain and could not bear weight fully on the right foot. I can put wt on my heel, but not fully on the foot. Throbbing throughout the night and again this morning. Same situation, can't put full weight on the foot. What now? I've never broken or sprained anything.

Feb 18, 2017
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Not able to walk after I fell
by: Abby

Hi, i'm a gymnast and today at gym i was walking off two 8 inchers and when i did i rolled my ankle and leaned forward when i did, i heard something snap/pop and i couldn't take a step 30 seconds after it happened, i iced for about 15-30 minutes and it hurts to move it at all, when i walk i have to have something to hold me up also the ankle isn't swelling, it looks way flatter than normal though, is there anything wrong with it? by the way i can't walk on it

Feb 16, 2017
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Inner ankle hurts
by: Anonymous

Hi,

A few days ago I went to sleep and when I woke up I tried to walk and I felt a pain in my inner ankle. I sort of walked it off during the day, but as the day went on started to limp. I decided to sleep it off and hoped day 2 it would be better. When I woke up on day two I took a few steps out of bed and heard like a knuckle crack on my inner ankle. Like the sound when you crack your knuckles. It was a sharp pain and I fell to the floor. Basically, anytime I put any weight on that foot my inner ankle hurts. It's day 3 now and it still hurts, but it seems like it's getting better. I can walk slowly but still can't walk fully flat because of the pain in the inner ankle. I have no idea what's going on with my ankle. Did I somehow sprain it while sleeping? There is no swelling, bruising or redness at all. I'm really confused. The days prior to the ankle pain I was walking perfectly fine no issues at all. I'm in good health, and not overweight. If anyone has any info that can help me get better, I'd appreciate it.

Feb 11, 2017
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Can not weight bear on ankle
by: Gary

Last night I stood up to go upstairs and felt a sudden sharp pain from my ankle joint area; it was so painful I nearly fell over; there was no warning at all.

I'm 40 years old, relatively fit; I regularly use ladders whilst working but do not remember falling or anything significant that may be the cause; a few days ago I remember lying in bed and feeling pain from the same ankle but it soon went. I've suffered with achilles pain for months from the same ankle, could this be linked?

The pain is around 8-9, I have to go back to work on Monday and worry I won't be able to do my job, any ideas what it could be; thank you.

Hello Gary,
The chronic achilles tendonitis tells you that something is going on in your lower leg; without examining you, I can't be sure what exactly.

Most conditions in the body start by warning you that all is not well in the state of Denmark. If you do nothing, then it may heal of itself, but often it progresses to the next level of pain.

Be careful up a ladder; or you may have a broken hip to go with your ankle pain!

Simply stretching your achilles tendon every morning would have been my recommendation before this happened, but now it's time to consult someone who works specifically with the lower leg.

Dr B

Feb 09, 2017
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Ankle hurts to walk on but no bruising or swelling
by: Ben

Two weeks ago I was playing football and I went to kick the ball with a lot of force but sombody stuck their foot out and I kicked it with full force.

I felt my foot go back and a sharp pain through my ankle; so I sat out for the rest of the game and got told to rest it; however the following day I could not walk on it without having a sharp pain in my ankle so I was limping around all day.

I tried to just use deep freeze but it would not work at all and it still caused me pain. I iced it off and on for the first day and have been resting it for about 3 days but whenever I seem to walk or run I have an intense pain in my ankle; it has been nearly 3 weeks since it had happened and it still hurts.

But to the eye there's no swelling and bruising at all even when it originally happened and if I touch it I can't feel pain. What shall I do?

Hello Ben,
Clearly, after three weeks it needs professional attention. Since there is no swelling it's unlikely that you've broken anything, but that needs to be considered.

Mostly likely you've subluxated one of the small bones in the ankle; it causes very sharp pain when weight bearing.

After 3 days I would have suggested ice and exercises, but now it's time to see someone knowledgeable about ankles.

Reducing a subluxated talus for example is usually pretty straight forward.

Dr B


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Feb 01, 2017
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Multiple ankle issues after rolling ankle in volleyball
by: MND

My daughter was playing volleyball. She dove for the ball and a teammate stepped on her ankle. Felt a pinch above the back of the ankle a few times over the next couple hours. She iced it and rested it that evening. Then it was back to normal.
At practice three days later, a teammate went under the net and she landed on her foot after blocking, slightly rolling the same ankle. Felt ok. Pushing off for a pass she slightly rolled again and had some pain.

There is little to no appreciable swelling but some pain when you touch the ankle bone. Mild pain going down stairs but not up stairs. No pain when walking. Had a very mild ankle sheath tear 5 years ago, same ankle. Just had a doctor reevaluate 6 months ago and he said there was no obvious weakness or "play" in the ankle. Thoughts? Thanks so much!

Hello MND,
Clearly there's something going on, though obviously with be able to assess her ankle, it's impossible for me to make a diagnosis.

With it having rolled several times over the last weeks, there's now the potential for a full blown sprain. An ankle guard as an interim measure might help.

The fact that going down stairs hurts, but not up, suggests that it is probably ligamentous in nature, or a subluxated ankle bone.

If she was simply able to take three weeks break from training it would probably resolve of itself. Continue with the ice and begin with our ankle exercises, and something rather more vigorous like a wobble board.

Before continuing with play now is not without danger; I'd recommend you see the doctor you saw six months ago; he knows her and what is normal for her.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B



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Jan 26, 2017
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Sore ankle
by: Anonymous

I don't know what happen to my ankle; it don't hurt to touch or move side to side; it only hurts when I'm standing and walking; pain can vary from 3 to 8 sometimes; this being going on for 2 weeks now.

Any pain that persists needs to be examined; or you risk having it for the rest of your life. Don't allow it to become chronic.

Start the ankle exercises which you can find using the search function in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help.

It may need to be x-rayed.

Overweight? Then it's probably arthritis. Get it off; or suffer.

Dr b


Jan 24, 2017
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Why does it hurt?
by: Anonymous

My ankle hurts when I walk or move it around; I have no swelling or bruising. What should I do?

As with most conditions, do some exercises and be kind to it for a week; if the pain still hasn't gone then you'd better see someone knowledgeable about ankles.

It's probably a subluxated talus or calcaneus but really could be many things; it needs to be examined if the pain persists.

Dr B

Jan 19, 2017
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Both ankles hurt
by: Anonymous

Hi. Both of my ankles hurt a lot from the inside especially when I stretch them or go down the stairs. I think it may have happened from wearing high heels almost a week ago because i hadn't worn heels in nearly a year.

I didn't fall or roll my ankles or anything but they started hurting a lot the day after like a sore feeling.

They are a little swollen but not too much and not bruised. Is there anything I can do to help the pain?

I suspect this is something that will resolve of itself. Perhaps in a month test those shoes again and, if you get the same reaction, dump them.

I would ice the painful area, alternating with heat in the bath.

And then, using the search function at chiropractic help, find and do our 'ankle exercises' daily.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

Jan 18, 2017
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Ankle hurts but no swelling
by: Anonymous C

Have been having ankle pain for the past 4 days but no swelling; however when I move it ard or stretch it, it hurts quite badly. I tried to ice it but didn't work. It's weird how it isn't swelling; but I sprained that ankle before so I'm wondering if it's my old injury?

Yes, it's almost certainly from your old sprains. Go on with the ice, and do our alphabet exercises. If after a week or ten days it doesn't settle down, then you'd better get professional help.

Dr B

Jan 16, 2017
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I rolled my ankle but its not too bad, just need info on what to do
by: Anonymous

So in gym today we were playing handball and I jumped up and came down fine it was when I went to run I rolled my left ankle, the pain at first wasn't bad as I was able to play on it the rest of the hour, although when walking up stairs at the high school I would get moderate pain, and now it has been about 7 hour since and I don't get much pain when I walk on it and there is no swelling or bruising what can I do, and how long might it last.
P.s. when i point my toes forward as if I were steering that is where I gut the most pain, almost the only pain now, also I rolled it outward

Jan 15, 2017
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I fell in color guard my ankle rolled but there is no swelling. .
by: Anonymous

Hi,
so i fell over my flag in color guard on Friday. It is now Sunday and it really started hurting on Saturday. I have a lot of competitions coming up and practices i hope i didn't do any thing really bad. I have hurt my ankle about 3 times before in dance. I have been doing the R.I.C.E method. But it still hurts i think it is a sprain. My dad is probably going to scheduled at doctors appointment do you have any advice?
Thanks

Jan 10, 2017
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Not sure if ankle injury is serious or not
by: Anonymous

I rolled my ankle to the outside during basketball after someone stepped on it. There is no swelling or bruising, but it is irritating to walk and quite a bit of pain when I run. I'm not sure how serious this is, or if I need to sit out for a while or can I go back to playing?

You don't say how long ago this happened; if it's several weeks and is still this disabling, then it needs to be examined; if was yesterday, then so some exercises and ice it.

Talk to your trainer; going through some rehab is always important after injury, otherwise it just happens again, and is often then worse.

Dr b

Jan 10, 2017
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Rolled ankle outwards and feels like it will give way
by: Anonymous

Rolled ankle outwards and feels like it will give way means there may be ligament sprain.


I'm 14; I rolled my ankle outwards yesterday and it is really sore. I play soccer and was training when I did it; I limped over and sat down but as I was walking it felt like it would give way. It's not swollen or bruised but it is so painful to walk on.

My mum thinks it's fine but it's so sore. When I'm walking I feel pain on that bone that sticks out on the outside of your ankle and up about four fingers. I also feel pain on the bone that sticks out on the inside of your ankle. They are both very tender.

My mum keeps telling me to walk on it but it really hurts. I have a soccer trial in 9 days I need to be able to run but it hurts too much.

Hello,
It's a good sign there is no swelling or bruising. Like most injuries, it's not unwise to do a few of the basics; ice your ankle, do the gentle ankle exercises that you can find below and see what develops.

I don't mean to put your mum down, but she has no clue; nor do I for that matter. Until your ankle has been examined by someone knowledgeable, we have no idea what damage has been done; obviously something and I regret your trial in a week's time is probably out of the question.

Rolling your ankle outwards is less common; there may be significant injury. Do those basics for a few days, and if it's not progressing well, then ask your football coach what he suggests.

I hope it turns out well. Let me know.

PS. At 14 you have to work with your mum; she is concerned and has some of the wisdom of the ages, believe it or not!

Dr B



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Jan 03, 2017
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Easiest way to get this away fast
by: Anonymous

I fell off a chair two days ago; I hurt my ankle. I'm a swimmer. I want the answer quickly and I want this to go away easy the pain started a day after I fell off the chair.😢😢😢

Hello Anon,
I have no quick answer, nor will anybody until your ankle has been examined. You've given me almost no details so I'm afraid I have almost no suggestions.
Except that the pain started the next day; it's probably not fractured.

Look for a chiropractor who works with feet; or your regular doctor.

Remember, I am unable to examine you; so you have to give met a lot of data to make up.

Dr B

Jan 03, 2017
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Is this the same thing?
by: Anonymous

My ankle hurts but I hurt it 2 days ago and it started to hurt yesterday; I want this to go away easily. I don't want my mom to find out.😢 Please fix it; hurts so much but I can walk.

I'm afraid I haven't a clue because you don't give me any details. How did you hurt it? Where is the pain? What increases the pain? And you'd better tell Mom!

Dr B

Dec 25, 2016
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Extreme ankle pain when walking
by: Anonymous

I am having severe pain from the inside of my left ankle when I walk. I have not fallen or tripped to cause this to be in pain. I do have back and leg problems due to bulging disc surgery and have sciatic nerve damage in my left lower leg. Could this also be causing so much pain in my ankle now. There's no swelling or bruising at all.

Hello,
The question is whether movements of your back, or your ankle provoke the ankle pain. Try bending slowly forwards, backwards and then to the side; any ankle pain?

Now, sitting, wriggle your foot about; any pain? Prod around your ankle; is there any obvious tenderness?

The next step would be to do femoral and sciatic stretch tests. The Slump test is relatively straight forward, but for the femoral nerve it's rather more difficult.

My gut feeling is that this is an ankle problem, but obviously not able to examine you, I'm really guessing.

You need to see someone knowledgable about both backs and ankles. I hope this contributes.

Dr B

Dec 15, 2016
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Sharp ankle pain after jumping down stairs
by: Anonymous

Sharp ankle pain after jumping down stairs

Hello, My name is Katy.

I'm a fourteen year old and have recently jarred my ankle. In my school there are small stairs, so I usually take them in pairs. Yesterday I was doing just that when a kid hopped in front of me. My right foot caught the back of his shoe, and I jumped forward so I wouldn't hurt him. I cleared about 4 stairs so maybe a foot or so fall. As I landed, both of my ankles rolled inward. I heard a small pop but nothing more. My left ankle was weak and buzzing slightly as I walked in pain, but my right was ok. (Years before I had sprained my left.)

When I got home I elevated and iced it. I can put pressure on it, but the second I go to turn or walk it is excruciating. I can't roll it in any form and can slightly bend it downward. There is no bruise nor swelling.

Thanks!

Goodness, it's a brave new world. Fancy a fourteen year old taking responsibility for her health like this! But do keep mum and dad in the loop.

Katy, just to be sure, you'd better get an x-ray of that ankle; you may have fractured one of the small bones, and then it's imperative that it go into a boot of some sort, even a POP cast; otherwise it'll grieve you for the rest of your life.

In all probability you've subluxated one of the small joints in the ankle, probably the talus; it causes incredibly sharp pain, and is usually easy to treat by someone who knows what he's about. Or she. Have you thought of becoming a chiropractor? Just a thought.

If your folks know a sports oriented chiropractor then consult him or her; otherwise your medical doctor would perhaps be your best port of call.

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B



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Nov 18, 2016
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Ankle
by: Rolled my ankle extreme pain walking

Hello. My name is Kaili. Yesterday in gym when we were running I rolled on my ankle. It really hurts. It is not swollen or bruised but it hurts extremely when I walk on it. My mom won't take me to the doctor and I can't take myself since I am only 13. I am like 95% sure that I need crutches because the pain is unbearable. What should I do?

Hello Kaili,
When you roll your ankle, several things can happen. Torn ligaments or a tendon for example, then there will be swelling and often internal bleeding; it goes black and blue, and then yellow.

The other thing that often happens is a bone, usually the talus, subluxates giving the very sharp pain when you walk on it.

Usually it's a very simple procedure to reduce the subluxation, only a couple treatments, and then some exercises.

But you will have to allow the doctor to use his discretion; he may feel there's a possibilty of fracture, and will want an x-ray.

My recommendation is to ice it, wiggle it about, and do our alphabet exercises and give it a few days. If it's still really sore after say 5-7 days, then it's best to have a professional examine your ankle; someone who works with feet every day. The average medical doctor and chiropractor probably won't know too much. Your folks will have to scout about and find someone who is knowledgeable about ankles.

Most commonly it's the ankle mortise joint that is affected, though others can be affected.

Perhaps print this out, and let Mom read it. Let me know how you get on.

Remember the 50 percent less pain rule. The pain goes away much faster than it heals; if you turn it again in the next few weeks then it'll certainly be a problem.

Good luck.

Dr B

Nov 04, 2016
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ankle hurts
by: Anonymous

My ankle hurts really badly, but there is no swelling or bruising.

Start with an x-ray, it's probably an old injury.

Do your best to locate as accurately as you can where the pain is.

Then work out which movements provoke the pain; are any of them limited?

Let me know.

Dr B

Oct 12, 2016
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Ankle problems with running
by: Brandon

I've had this same problem; it's been 4 weeks and it really hurts but there was never any bruising or swelling I run cross country and it really hurts.

Hello Brandon,
There are many possibilities depending on old injuries, etc but most likely you have subluxated talus or calcaneus.

Generally these are not difficult to manage, but of course there may be other stuff lurking.

Best get to see someone who works with feet and ankles; talk to your friends and family; and your GP.

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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