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Back in March I fell and sprained my ankle, or so I thought. I did not go to the doctor, but I probably should have. I took about 6 weeks off from running or working out, because every time I would try, it would hurt. I slowly started adding running back into my lifestyle. I would get occasional pain, but it wasn't an everyday thing so I continued to do what I was doing. Now, I am having foot and ankle pain when running or do any type of jumping. The pain is the worst when I am finished with the run or work out. While I am in motion, it does not hurt as bad, but if I transition from running to walking, it begins to hurt. Should I have this checked out, and what do you all think it could be? I have attached a photo of the areas. Also, should I visit my local urgent care, or try to make an appt with an orthopedic doctor?

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    Orthopedic surgeon appt would be my recommendation as they will x-ray you and if they see anything else you may need a mri.  Urgent care would just send you to an ortho anyhow.
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    I had a sprain in April. Both physio and ortho doc have advised me to not run or workout for few more months. I know it sucks..sprains are the worst :'(

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    It seems like you sprained your front tendon. Try to mobilise your toes as fast as you can if you feel pain it does. Do MRI and see doctor. 
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    Ankle sprains are often treated with neglect by both doctors and patients.

    I don't know why injured ankles don't get the respect they deserve-- it seems we only care about our taken-for-granted ankles when we develop post-injury chronic ankle instability that may endanger our future quality of life and even livelihoods (if they demand a lot of standing and walking).

    At 4 months on following your sprain your ankle should be relatively pain and trouble free. I suspect though that you did not suffer a mild run-of-the-mill sprain, and further you did not treat it properly immediately afterwards.

    At this stage I'd advise seeing a seasoned foot and ankle specialist to 'look under the bonnet (hood)' of your chronic ankle distress and look for treatment options.

    If your ankle was never x-rayed now is also time to do that just to rule out any fractures that may be hindering your healing too.



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