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I have recently developed a severe sharp pain in my left ankle that just comes out of nowhere and lasts for a 5-10 seconds. The pain is like someone taking a knife and stabbing me. It happens on the outside of my foot between my ankle bone and achilles tendon. This is an intermittent pain that started about two weeks ago and it just comes up with no warning. It generally will take me to the ground as I grab my ankle and try to massage it, grasping for anything to stop the brief yet strongly intense pain.
Your smart move would be to see a local foot specialist and at least have an xray. Short of that you could try immobilizing the ankle for a period of ten days to two weeks in an effort to see if that would relieve your symptoms. Ankle splints are sold in local surgical supply stores and might be worth the effort. However, if after two weeks the pain is still present then you will need to see a doctor.
Marc Mitnick DPM