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Posting this on a few different sites as I'm desperate at this point...
In November 2018, I sprained my ankle pretty badly after missing a curb and stepping half on and half off, with all of the weight on that leg. I do not remember if it turned inwards or outwards, but after an MRI, they diagnosed it as a partially torn ATFL (outside of the ankle). Rested and rehabilitated it, and it was relatively fine, but I was then dealing with a nagging pain on the inside of the ankle. I tried my best to indicate exactly where the pain is with the diagram above. The original injury was perfectly healed come January of this year, but the nagging pain persisted, even getting worse I would stay. I play collegiate soccer, and had to continue playing and lifting throughout all of spring. The entire time, I felt a constant pain in that area. It feels as if something is in there, and when I rotate it while slightly pressing on the area, I can feel popping and "stuff" just moving around in there.
The problem is that I have gotten another MRI since the initial one after the original injury, in April I believe, and it shows absolutely nothing wrong now. I constantly feel dull pain in there, with occasional sharp burning/stabbing/electrical pain at random or from overextending(?) it. Whenever I run, it just feels like something is in there and causing a dull, forceful pain. It is so hard to explain it. I have seen the best foot & ankle orthopedic surgeon in town, did a PRP treatment and 3 EPAT treatments, a cortisone shot and injections here and there, and nothing seems to remedy it for longer than a day (and even that day, I can still feel something). We start preseason in two months, so the doctor said there is no time for surgery, and even with surgery they do not know what to look for. He simply diagnosed it as "medial ankle deltoid pain/sprain" and said I'm going to have to play through the season with it.
I have a high pain tolerance and will play through it regardless, but I have no idea where to go from here. The sharp pains happen and make me jerk the ankle sometimes, it's so hard to change direction while sprinting or do any lateral movements, and squatting is a pain in the ass! The dull pains seem to be affecting my heel and foot now, and it's just weird. It has been swollen/inflamed during this entire process. I can get through it, but it hurts all the time and not even Ibuprofen helps.
If anyone has ANY idea of what this could be, please let me know. All the medical staff is exhausted trying to figure this out, and I am exhausted playing with this pain. Thanks.
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