Left foot pain upon extension
3 to 4 years ago I twisted my ankle while playing a sport. My foot twisted inwards so that my body weight fell upon it...it hurt but I could still walk on it without too much pain. As the day went on, the pain got worse but was still bearable. By the next day a fairly large, hard bone like bump had formed around the ankle. After a week or so, the pain died down even if the bump didn't, so i let it slide. About a year later, I got dragged to a therapist of some sort and the lump did reduce a little: but it was an extremely painful process. I stopped going because my foot wasn't giving me any pain at the time, but the therapy sure was. Fastforward a couple of years later, and my foot's starting to hurt. At first it was sporadic and infrequent: maybe a couple of times a week. It would only happen if I twisted my foot a certain way. Moving forward a couple of months to present day, now it's everyday, whenever my left foot extends too much (pressure is needEd too however... I won't feel anything if I just flex my foot). I used to run up the stairs two at a time and now I walk up them warily. The pain is sharp but not horrible...it's more vexing than anything else... On a scale of 1 to 10, it'd be about a 5 each time. There are rare instances where the pain is
sharp enough that my left knee will collapse, but so far it's only happened twice. The hard lump is still there and hasn't decreased in size in the least since two years ago. Information on anything I could do to make it stop would be appreciated...a lot. Thank you.
Without examining you, it is hard to know exactly what type of trauma you did to yourself. I am assuming you are relatively young and that might account for why there was not much pain early on, but whatever damage you did to your foot and ankle is finally catching up to you.
My best piece of advice, first of all, would be to see a foot specialist. By examination alone, the doctor might be able to determine what structures you damaged and then offer appropriate treatment.
More than likely an MRI would be in order to get a clearer picture of the overall damage you did to your foot.
I do not think you broke a bone for the simple reason, you would have had pain continuously until either the fracture healed or you sought professional treatment.
More than likely you did tendon or ligament damage and in most cases on ankle sprains, it is ligament damage.
So in summing up, in order to get it to stop hurting, you first need an accurate diagnosis and the only way that is going to happen is to see a doctor that specializes in problems of the foot and ankle.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER