Ankle Pain for a while?

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I'm just curious if I'm just overreacting or if there is something seriously wrong with my ankle. This ankle is just unlucky. Two years ago, I rolled my ankle pretty bad but it seemed to heal pretty well. Then the next year, I happened to sprain my ankle during cross-country season. I wore a brace and took a week off just like the doctor said. I returned to the sport, where ankle pain and rolling my ankle became an everyday normal. I just assumed that it was a part of the sport because of previous injuries, but it was reoccurring. Then, the big sprain came. After a couple of X-rays, a high ankle sprain which the doctor said could have came from all the rolling and not taking care of it. I was in crutches and a boot for three months. I took great care of ankle during this time, making sure I could make it for track season. Track season brought a slightly swollen ankle and ankle pain, but nothing that bothered me so much I had to stop. However, even when I walk for a long time like when we go to amusement parks, the pain reoccurs. I seem to have bad ankle stability because my ankle rolls and gives out on me every so often. Then, yesterday, I was playing with a little kid I babysit a when I injured the same ankle again. We were jumping up and down and when I landed all I felt was pain in the ankle. I believe I landed on a ledge where the floor ledge changed heights. Either way, it hurts to walk on it and putting too much pressure hurts. I feel the worse of the pain when I'm just sitting down. The ankle isn't swollen that much, but the pain is similar to the pain I felt with my high ankle sprain and in the same place. It is a little tender and there is a small bruise.

Is there something causing this reoccurring pain that I usually feel. Is there some underlying reason that this keeps happening. Should I get an MRI on the ankle? I need a bit of guidance in this. Thank you!

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    Definitely get an MRI. Was one ever given considering all the issues. ? I fractured my ankle and 6 mos later fractured it again. 

    Seems when it's affected once there always seems to be recurring pain and problems 

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    Yes definitely 

    Go to doc and insist 

    MRI scan and x rays 

    I don’t know where you are in the country 

    But I insisted to be referred to 

    Wrightington orthopaedic hospital on nhs 

    It is one of the best in country 

    Or get a private consultation 

    I had one although it cost me it was well worth it it was with Steven Goldberg 

    Foot and ankle specialist 

    He put me on all the right tracks 

    Good luck 

    And let’s hope it’s not to serious 

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    I hate to say it because obviously you're very active and enjoy it,but maybe you shpuld fall back on some rigproys activity, do seem unlucky. And that you don't really give full time to heal. Seeing a orthopedic doctor might yield better answers. You may need more than xray, to see whats really going on.

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    Hey Campbell,

    You have been through a trying time with that troublesome ankle, I can relate to that.

    I think you know intuitively that your ankle quickly became increasingly compromised after your first few 'rolls', that is, ankle sprains (even though they seemed trivial at first).

    With increasing rolls (sprains) came more soft tissue damage that simply didn't heal properly-- what with your athletic/active life style and all.

    You are probably quite young, so at least you have that in your favor.

    This is a crucial period which could determine your mobility later in life, because unstable ankles with lax ligaments and tendons often lead to ankle arthritis (from cartilage degeneration and joint misalignment) later. Believe me, you desperately want to avoid that outcome. Just read the many sad stories on this forum of unfortunate ankle patients who eventually end up having one surgery after another (ankle fusion, etc.) in hopes of getting their ankle back.

    If it were me I would indeed be getting professional medical advice (a competent foot and ankle specialist--no orthopedic surgeons necessary) to see what can be done with your poor ankle. An MRI, or ultrasound, are among the diagnostic tools a physician can use to peer into ankle soft tissue and analyze the damage.

    Very best of luck to you.

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