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shooting pain

by Liz
(Cambridge, MD)

sharp shooting pain on the outside of my right ankle




For several months now I have been experiencing a severe and sudden sharp pain in my ankle. The pain is sporadic with no pattern to the re occurrence. It sometimes takes my breath away. The pain can last anywhere from a second to 30 seconds and sometimes leaves the ankle with a burning sensation after an especially sharp attack. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the ankle. I can have a lot of little attacks for hours and then suddenly I have none for a day or so. I have had no recent injuries. I am hoping that you can help lead me in the right direction for help with this. Thanks, Liz

Hi Liz,
On the surface it would seem like you either have an ankle problem like arthritis, or perhaps a problem with one of the tendons that circles the ankle. In either event, any pain that "takes your breath away" that has persisted for a few months, needs to be looked at by a doctor. It is safe to say it is not going away on its own. Do not be fooled by the fact that there is no history of trauma. Pain in the foot and ankle can occur for any number of reasons.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Oct 19, 2017
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Outside right ankle pain
by: Andy Z

I was awoken last night for the first time ever becasue of a STRONG sharp shooting pain on the outside of my right ankle at around where the foot meets the ankle. The pain area is at around the size of a nickle. It speraticly came on and off about every 5 seconds or so each intense pain lasting about a second or two. After about 5 mins of this.. It was gone! That is until this morning (7 HOURS later) it happens again exactly the same way! What is going on? I have never experienced anything like that before. Might I add the pain is so intense that it leaves me near fainting and out of breath.

Oct 02, 2017
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Ouch!
by: becky

I was ready to go to the ER, but I searched here and found all of you! Sharp, stabbing pain on the outside of my ankle really hurts! 2 days now of this pain.

Jun 21, 2017
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Achilles pain
by: Allana

I've been getting the exact same the last few days.
It started with Achilles pain and sharp stabbing pain on the outside of my right ankle even when sitting. I can barely walk. The Dr told me I've strained my Achilles and to rest. I hope it goes soon as it's extremely painful!
I've also just started getting tingly toes which im assuming is from not being able to walk on my foot properly due to the limping from the Achilles injury.

Mar 15, 2017
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shooting pain left side of foot
by: Anonymous

I have dealt with an electrical charge type feeling through the left side of the left ankle joint possibly. I was told by a friend who had a spinal cord tumor that it was my spinal cord. I do have a cyst in my spinal cord and it's small but not able to be fixed. I am absolutely sure it is the root of this. It's in the very place this would affect the left foot. I originally had the feeling of no skin on my big toe as it was burning and I would look down and nothing was there. Some who've had epidural's have these cysts I think. It occurred the first time after having my daughter.

Mar 13, 2017
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Sharp pain below left ankle
by: beth

I have been suffering with the intense pain on left side of ankle joint for last week, actually fallen to floor with it!!! Feels like a red hot poker is being pushed right into the ankle joint.

I know I have Osteo-Arthritis. I broke my ankle when I was 12 in 4 places and dislocated it. I had 4.5 hours of surgery and was told I would never walk again!! A year later I walked into that Consultants room so proud, only to be told I would suffer for the rest of my life! He wasn't wrong.

I am now 39, after several operations to remove metal, clean cartilage and remove bone spurs and steroid injections, the only option left is to have a fusion. I have arthritis of a 90 yr old apparently. The pain is so intense and can last anything from 5 seconds to 20 mins. This is a new pain to me? I have had the stiffness, crunching and popping in the joint, dull pain all around the joint, pain shooting up my tibia, pins and needles, numbness because of nerve damage etc.

But this is on a whole new level!!!

Seeing Consultant end of month.

Feb 25, 2016
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Epidural issue?
by: Anonymous

I am getting an MRI of Lumbar spine, finally and I am thinking it's from an epidural issue. We shall see what happens. I have had this for several years but it has subsided in number of attacks.

Feb 24, 2016
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Severe Pain in Ankles
by: Alan

For several months now I have been seeing the doctor who has sent me to the physio back again had ex-rays they say just a little arthritis in my ankles nothing to worry about. But this pain has landed me on the floor several times as it is so excruciating at times. but like the others it is intermittent but also my muscles and knees become sore. I am struggling to work with it at times but I don't seem to be getting anywhere with it any Doctors at present.


You would be best served to see a foot and ankle specialist, someone who understands the mechanics of the foot.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Oct 14, 2013
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Sharp ankle pains more!
by: Anonymous

I was receiving sharp, stabbing pains in my ankle one night. Next day I went to the hospital to figure out what it was. Emergency Co-pay was a waste cause they found nothing wrong with my ankle. I went to work with the pain, but with every movement of my right arm, I noticed the pain would shoot to to my foot. I went to see my Performance Chiropractor and he found that I had nerves trapped in my armpit area that was triggering the pain. A couple months of visits for 3 times a week and the pain is gone. I hope this helps you all who experienced or is going through this excruciating pain

Aug 18, 2013
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Sharp TOP OF FOOT pain RELIEF TO SHARE
by: Anonymous Mary

Peppermint Oil & Spearmint Oil Remedy
I had written a comment (pretty long) yesterday regarding severe stabbing top-of-foot pain maybe due to using an inversion table (the foot brace is what holds me upside down). I don't see it posted. Maybe it is being reviewed still.

Anyway, I said I was going to try a few different things. Here is what worked. I took a couple migraine OTC Tylenol tabs and used Lycocane on the spot (which was very light red, after all) to try to get it out of the pain cycle, the REPEATING pain burst cycle. That may have helped a little, but what DID help apparently was the couple applications of peppermint oil, followed by several applications during the day of spearmint oil. It took several hours, but finally by evening I noticed it wasn't stabbing me anymore.

I believe what I had was a bruise on the top of the foot between the big and next toe, likely from the inversion table. To use it now, I padded the outside of my tennis shoe with a washcloth so there is more padding on the top of the foot.

I was pretty scared after NO SLEEP the night before and reading this blog where others have had this ONGOING without reprieve so I got really serious about finding a solution.

I hope the peppermint and spearmint oil solution helps cure someone else's pain. I "enjoy" chronic back pain so I don't need more added pain sites! No one does. Thanks for all your posts and suggestions.

Aug 13, 2013
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Edema with sudden crippling ankle pain
by: Flatfoot

You all have my sympathies! Sudden pain, icepick describes it well, unstable foot and ankle. All out of the blue with no athletics, injury or strain. Felt like my whole foot ankle was crumbling beneath me. Not a nerve pain, not dehydrated, potassium already supplemented, tegretol on board already. Help. Can swelling cause this crushing stabbing pain? Can it push something out of sorts? Flexing hurts more than pointing my toes. This is not the first time it's happened, sometimes inside of ankle, somteimes outside. I do supinate unconsciously due to flat feet and crappy knees, but do wear arch suports and New Balance with stabilization bar. Help!




Aug 12, 2013
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Ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I got the same pain today jut walking to my car. I never twisted it or anything . I just got the sharp shooting pain. At first I thought something like a wasp was stinging my ankle but as I examined it I realised it wasn't. I can barely put my full weight on it

Aug 09, 2013
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left foot pain
by: Anonymous

Its been going on for a while now in the am I can barely stand up and it shoots a horrible pain thru my tail bone it hurts so bad makes me wanna cry !😞😓

Jul 17, 2013
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I have the same thing but ...
by: Anonymous

With me it started with aching in my hip when I lay on it too long. About a month ago is got this intermittent sharp pain in my knee. It didn't last more than a day. The ankle, hoever, is really intense and frequent. For the last few days it has stopped me in mid step. It really, really hurts!

I've also had some tingling in my hands??? Does anyone else have these symptoms with their ankle pain. I haven't been to the doctor yet as today has been the worst.

Jun 30, 2013
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PAIN FIXED
by: SUSAN7777

Well two things. I was dehydrated so my Doctor said., First I started taking 2 Potassium supplements morning and night with 50% of my body weight drinking Electrolyte water. One Doctor said it was a Muscle spasm in my tendon and it was something I could not see get tight but was getting tight on my nerve that's why the pain was awful. But Just in case I had my Ortho shoot my Ankle with cortisone. Now if the potassium had been working, Well the shoot would not have helped. Either way when ever I start feeling that tinge of ankle Pain, I take an additional potassium Day or Night and drink at lease 32 OZ of Water.
1. Try the Water and Potassium Pills first I take 99mg x2 morning and Night I weigh 120 lbs. I drink 75 OZ of Ounces everyday now.
2. WIth that if you are still feeling that ache Go ask for a cortisone shot, Hurts but is worth the relief.
PS The first day of the Potassium I took all four 99 mg pills at once to kick start the cure.

Jun 30, 2013
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sharp ankle pain that lasts a few seconds
by: Mari

I am 37 yr old female. i danced and cheered for years. when i was about 14 yrs old i experienced this pain for the first time. it still happens all these years later. when im dancing or jogging (or any hi-impact activity) my ankle will crack with a loud pop.the pain will take my breath away for a few seconds while my ankle feels loose.then im fine. i had no choice but to continue with routines back then as we performed in front of large crowds.and it got to a point that i would wish for the pop/crack to happen because once it happened i would be fine for the rest of the performance. now more than 20 yrs later im still experiencing this crack /pop ankle with any over strenuous activity.only now im much less active and it happens a lot less often. i suffered for years and just danced thru the pain. glad to hear i am not alone.

Jun 30, 2013
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Sharp pain in right ankle.
by: Jacqueline

I'm a 31 year old woman with no foot injuries. I've been experiencing sharp shooting "stab" like pain above my right ankle bone. The pain started about four months ago and occurs at random times. The pain last from between 5-30 minutes, and hits me while i'm either sitting and or even wakes me up from a deep sleep. It also hits me while i'm at work, i stand for long period of time. I've made an appointment with my Doctor and hope he has an answer. Good luck to everyone who has been experiencing these symptoms. Just know you ALL are not alone.

Jun 15, 2013
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Treatment Anyone?
by: SUSAN7777

Has Anyone received any treatment for this, Is so What.? I cant bear the spasms in my ankle they are too painful? Anyone...

May 11, 2013
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Sharp shooting pain on the outside of ankle
by: Anonymous

Just started to have the pain yesterday. It is the worst when driving or laying down. An extremely sharp stabbing pain on the outside of my left ankle. Sounds like I'm not alone but has anyone found the root cause and effective treatment

Apr 11, 2013
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chiropractor
by: Anonymous

I went to chiropractor yesterday for my sciatica and mentioned my ankle pain (which has only happened once in the last 4 months thank goodness) and he said there is a nerve that runs down your thigh, through your knee and then ends at the ankle bone. Sometimes it gets pinched near the knee by either tight muscles or IT band etc...it makes sense. Since it isn't happending now he didn't really offer advice although foam rolling quads/IT Band, inner thigh should help loosen that area.

Apr 10, 2013
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Sharp shooting pain on the outside my right ankle
by: Anonymous

I am so glad to know I am not alone in this pain! What is the cure? It started last December but it seems to be getting more often now. Thinking of going to see the doctor soon!
NW

Mar 13, 2013
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Stabbing pain on outside left ankle
by: Denis

I have experienced this symptom over recent months. Very severe shooting pains around the left ankle on outside. They can come in spasms lasting max a few minutes with say 5 or 6 spasms.No pattern for when they will occur. The pain level is 10. Would appreciate if anyone can explain

Mar 08, 2013
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pain in both ankles and feet
by: elizabeth

Out of know where I began experiencing really sharp strong pains in both my ankles I am 35 years old and not exceptionally active. The pain so far has lasted 7 weeks and is really painful when I am getting out of bed in the morning. The pain has spread to the feet and is actually quite distressing, my doctor issued anti-inflammatory drugs which did help but unfortunately I experienced adverse side effects so I can't take them. i have just had blood test results to outrule arthritis and they came back clear, but what is the problem? The pain can be that severe I have to rest my feet for long periods of time, I am really worried but seem to have my doctor puzzled. It is very distressing and uncomfortable. Can anyone shed any light on what this problem may be?

Read my section on ankle pain for no apparent reason and see if this applies to you.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Mar 02, 2013
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Ani-iflamatory Treatment
by: Anonymous

I had a sharp left ankle pain that would start night or day, last about 5 or 10 seconds then subside, then return in a few minutes. Advil seemed to slow it down but did not solve the problem. It kept doing this for 2/3 weeks. I went to a doctor for an unrelated problem with my right shoulder. He prescribed a Prednisone 10 mg treatment for 10 days. Surprisingly the ankle pain started to become less frequent right away and completely disappeared at the very end of treatment. It has not returned after nearly a month.

Feb 28, 2013
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Peroneal tendonitis
by: Anonymous

I had the exact same pain on the outside of my left ankle. A sudden, sharp pain would occur no matter if I was sitting or walking, last a few seconds, and then stop. Some days I would have several attacks, and other days nothing at all. My doctor told me I had peroneal tendonitis and recommended laser treatments. It worked! I had six 10-minute treatments once a day, every day. The pain did not go away completely until the last treatment, so if you decide to do this, be patient. It cost $300 which was not covered by insurance, however, but it was well worth it since it has been over a month now, and the pain has not returned. The doctor said the laser regenerates the cells.

Feb 26, 2013
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Sharp pain
by: Anonymous

I have the exact pain and the doctor had me do exercises on the stairs and use good sneakers. the pain is still there.

Feb 19, 2013
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ME Too!
by: beccaA

Only difference is that it feels like nerve pain shooting through the outside of my right foot under the ankle bone. It only happens when I am sitting down or trying to go to sleep.

Jan 09, 2013
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Having the same pains in my left ankle
by: Anonymous

I been having sharp pains in my legs and left ankle while trying to sleep. I have to constantly
rotate from side to side and even lay on my back to try to aleviate the pains. I have had a MRI and nothing was found wrong with my back. Has anyone found out what could be causing this.

Dec 21, 2012
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Ankle probs
by: Anonymous

I crushed my ankle and legs in a car crash years ago. Recently, I've had my 6th surgery on my ankle. I had surgery on 8/30/12. I still have a walking boot on and partially on crutches throughout the day. I'm having an extremely sharp stabbing pain followed with a severe burn. It burns from joint all the way up by my plate in my leg. I hurt before surgery but, I didnt have this pain before surgery. My Dr. was rude to me & released me from his care before I was well. He said he can't do anything for me. So, I feel so abandoned. I do have severe arthritis, i know, and my achillies tendon is 2" too short, so i cant put my heel on floor. I hurt so bad. Sometimes I cry myself to sleep if I can even get any sleep. I pretty much can't walk anymore. I hate it, I have 2 young boys, n it's challenging. Only thing that has helped me lately is prayer. So, hope u figure out the pains, n maybe I can figure out mine. It's nice to talk about it.

Dec 18, 2012
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whooooaaa
by: Anonymous

unbeleivable- i am 55 never had it happen before. i was sitting working on the computer and the outside of my right ankle felt like it was suddenly on fire. it wanted to drop to the floor in pain. all i was doing was sitting and it happened out of nohwere.

so i google my sympton and i get all of you--- whoooooaaaa

Dec 16, 2012
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Sharp Ankle Pain
by: Ashley

Interesting that others can relate to this ankle pain. The pain on the inside of my left ankle is unpredictable and feels like a sharp pointy object being jabbed into my ankle with force. On a scale of 1 to 10, its a 10. A few days ago as I was driving the pain occurred and made me immediately pull the car off the road. After reading the other comments on this page it seems certain types of exercises could be the cause. Not really sure but, hope the pain goes away.

Dec 15, 2012
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Shooting pains, both ankles
by: Vicky

I work long hours, and i would be standing for around 30 minutes at a time while i do my job. I had this shooting pain on the side of my ankle last year. I went to the hospital and had a Doppler ultrasound of my veins, nothing was wrong. It never happened again until yesterday at work. I was standing for around thirty minutes and i felt a sudden shooting pain for about 3-4 seconds on the side of my left ankle. I had an almost sudden feeling that my ankle was about to give way and I might fall. I raised my leg and the pain faded but still there. I was feeling the same thing on my right leg but lesser. I have never felt it while walking, it always happens when I am standing still . It also happened on my way home from work and I felt it while I was driving. I always have my right foot on the gas pedal as we have right hand driving, and the left foot is not moving most of the time. Pain is excruciating. I hope someone can help is with this problem. I will go to my doctor tomorrow and have it checked.

Dec 07, 2012
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Ankle/knee pain
by: Anonymous

I have been having pain in my knees, worse on left, when I get up from a sitting position I have to put weight on my right leg, a few days ago my left ankle started having this strange "feels like I am being stung/hot poker " on the outside. It hits suddenly and I have to rub it, to get some relief, my ankle in that particular spot is sore. I am wondering if I need to go to doctor??? I am waking up at night with severe pain in my knee and just wondering if the two could be connected

Nov 29, 2012
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I think I am figuring this out
by: Anonymous

I have figured out that my stabbing pains are much worse a few hours after I do certain kinds of work outs, specifically strength training. I have had some back issues in the past, so I think this might be a disc issue where I aggravate a bad disc and then it presses on the nerve that leads down my leg. I am certain it is NOT an ankle injury, especially since I feel almost a little "warning" pain down my leg before the actual torture begins. I also found that when I do gentle yoga and really stretch out my back the pain subsides (not immediately, but I notice over the next couple of days that the attacks are not as frequent.) I was having around 10 attacks a day during a period of heavy weight training; and now that I have backed off certain exercises (like dead lifts) I have almost no symptoms at all. I hope this helps other folks out there!

Nov 29, 2012
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Stabbing Pain in Ankle
by: Needing Help-Jill

Wow...I am so amazed there are so many of us experiencing similar issues. This started for me about 1 month ago and I thought it would just go away. There is no rhyme or reason to when it shoots through my ankle-sometimes sitting, sometimes standing, or working out...but takes my breath away and almost drops me to the ground. From reading others responses it doesn't sound like it is something that will go away on it's own. I have never had an ankle injury before and I do take lots of aerobic classes but don't recall having turned my ankle recently or anything to have brought this on. It seems many people describe their symptoms but not what ended up helping them fix it. I did read about the baking soda in 8oz of H2O which is definitely something easy to try out and hate to get started on numerous doctor visits and them guessing how to treat it. I too had epidurals with each of my 3 kids and was wondering if this was something stemming from my back. I will be sure to come back and comment on anything that helps me or if I end up at the doctor what they have to say.


Oct 18, 2012
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My shooting pain above foot through ankle
by: Anonymous

I am sure this happened to me after an ephidural and giving birth. I have a friend who suffered from a spinal cord tumor and he saw me go through one of the shock and awe pains and at first there was a burning pain around the same foots big toenail as if there was NO skin on it. I would look down and there was nothing there?? It has over the years remained above the heel. My friend swore it was my spinal cord. It does coincide with disc in the back area so I don't know but it hurts.

Oct 18, 2012
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shooting pain in ankle
by: Anonymous

I am having those EXACT symptoms. Intermittent, no rhyme or reason, in about a 10 on a scale of 1-10, (and I have 4 children, so I know what pain is!)It's as though an ice pick is being shoved in right above my ankle bone.Am thinking that it might be a disc issue because I get a little "warning" pain all the way down my leg before it really hits. Have only noticed that now that I am more tuned in and the pains are more frequent.

Oct 07, 2012
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Same Pain as Many of you describe
by: James R

All I can start by saying is WOW! I am blown away by how many of you are dealing with similar shooting pain in the ankle area. Mine have been happening for about 6 weeks or so now. It's only in my right ankle and happens just above the ball bone on the outside of ankle. My pain is sporadic and unpredictable. I can go hours with no pain and then start having shooting and stabbing type of pain that may only last a few moments or several minutes. Sometimes the pain is quite intense. I have been hoping it will just disappear. Tonight I was just relaxing and suddenly felt the intense jolts of pain in my right outside ankle again, so just for the heck of it I decided to google "sharp ankle pain" figuring I would probably find sites dedicated to only people who had ankle sprains and other areas. I have had no injuries to my ankle or foot so this is a mystery. Needless to say when I found these forums with SO many of you describing the same kind of pain I was really surprised. I am wondering I I have some nerve disorder because I've also suffered from trigeminal neuralgia in the past which is an intense shooting nerve pain in the jaw area. Well I will continue to research possible remedies and probably make an appointment with my doctor. Good luck to all of you.

Aug 25, 2012
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sharp ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I've been up since 2 am now and still in pain. The inside of my right ankle right below my ankle bone is where the pain is. I've had it before and its so bad that I'm incapacitated. It even hurts when there is no pressure on it. Its a sharp stabbing pain and sometimes lasts for days. From a rating of 1 thrum 10 with ten being the most pain I have to say its an 8 with sometimes going to a 10. Ibuprofen seems to help.

Aug 16, 2012
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I still think it's initiated from my spinal cord
by: Anonymous

I have the shooting pain and it happens non-stop for about 24 hour periods. Then it will give me long breaks in between. I recently had a tooth drilled down to the nerve and cement from the crown packed on the nerve and didn't know until the novacaine wore off. The shots of pain were very similar to the ones in my left side of my heel/ankle. I saw a picture of the bodies nerves and it is just odd that I had my baby and it started occurring. I had an ephidural and I am convinced something happened with that.

Aug 16, 2012
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On and Off
by: Anonymous

I have had this on both sides of my ankle radiating into the top of my foot. After the sharp electric [usually means nerve pain with shock sensation] jabs, my foot feels sore and aches. My podiatrist seemed to guess along with me. Nerve entrapment from too tight shoes , scar tissue, etc....This all started several years back when I wore my Uggs with my orthotics in them which I think made them too tight. People who skii get this from their skiis being too tight. Also , I read ankle instability from wobbly shoes. Mine was best believe it or not, when I wore my sandals with a slight heel. That seemed to take the pressure off my ankles but then it put it on my toes and I got neuromas! My Dansko clogs felt great on my arch but weren't stable enough so back to my ugly hot tennis shoes. I have had cortisone injections but they only treat the symptom. I have heard of alcohol injections to deaden the nerves and might have to pursue that route soon. Surgery for me is not an option. That always seems to create more problems and being off my foot is impossible since I am a hairstylist! I've read also that swelling can press on the nerves creating pain....I've also had the plantar fasciatis [sp] and had the cortisone injections and orthotics made. That one was easy compared to this! I'm starting to feel like a crippled old lady. Never thought I'd have to worry about my feet!

Jul 22, 2012
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Not the only one
by: Anonymous

Mine is exactly like all of you. Outside rear of left ankle, like a very sharp thing is stick in my ankle.

I did go to a Dr. And he was baffled. Mine can come for a while and vanish for so long I forget about it.

Strane, no,injuries to this ankle at all, X-rays came back clear but they won't show tissue or nerve damage.

Thinking of getting MRI.

This seems to happen a lot at night while lying in bed. Out of he blue it just hits. Can happen once or multiple times. After it happens I touch it and no lingering pain.

Got shot of cortisone and it had no effect.

I think I'll show it's to my Dr. He's pretty cool and I know he wants to figure this out.

Jul 16, 2012
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Let's figure this out!
by: Anonymous

I started having these weird stabbing pains on the outer side of my left ankle slightly below the ankle bone about a week ago. At first it seemed only to "stab" when brushed by something. Such as pants, sheets, my cat, even wind. Now it is totally random. It seems like it hurts worse when I am still. I do power classes and have no pain till I take my socks off. I also thought this is the craziest thing ever. My health history includes lifetime allergies, asthma and eczema along with a lifetime of associated meds (steroids and antihistamines). I have never had any injuries on the ankle. I also have issues with bulging dics. I have a very high instep and tend to pronate both feet. I've read all the blogs and it seems like Dr.s are a waste of time. I have an excellent chiropractor and am going to talk to him about this. I am probably going to try orthotics and cut down on my salt. I'm going to try to get my spine healthy. If this doesn't help, I will look into the thyroid problems. Having only had this problem for a week, I figured it would heal itself. After reading these blogs, I'm very worried.

Jun 17, 2012
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Ankle pain
by: Rhonda

I too have had sudden ankle pain. I was walking my dog and the first time my ankle went numb then the sudden sharp pain on the inside left ankle. I was afraid to walk.
The pain went away for a day and then today just walking in the house the sharp shooting pain came again. Now my ankle feels strange. I am afraid it will happen again while I walk my dog on the country road where we live. Has anyone wrapped there ankle? It seems to happen when my foot flexes. The pain is unbearable. I hope this doesn't continue.

Jun 12, 2012
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over pronate
by: Anonymous

when you over prontate on a certan foot that can causes short sharp pain in the ankle.. i over pronate on my left foot and thats the foot i get sharp pains that last a few second.

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You are correct in your statement. Excessive pronation ends up causing a "jamming effect" on the outside of the ankle which in many people ends up causing pain. Mainly the peroneal tendons which pass by the ankle at this level will become irritated and in many cases there will be both pain and swelling on the outside of the ankle.
A simple test to see if this is the cause of pain on the outside of the ankle, is to start wearing a good orthotic (one that supports the arch, not cushions the foot). The orthotic will reduce pronation and the pain should subside over days.
Read my section on "ankle pain" to the left.
Keep in mind that this is not the only source for ankle pain on the outside of the ankle, but is a very common cause. It is also a diagnosis most doctors other than foot specialists would fail to make.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 10, 2012
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It's baaaaackkkkkk :(
by: Suzanne

After a nice break of over a year I am getting attacks again. It seems like it may be stress related (started back in April when we found out one of our employees was stealing from us and then lately when my elderly parents were put in the hospital). Does anyone notice you get them more when you are going thru a stressful time? My problem is a ganglion cyst on my right ankle ( I have posted here before). Someone asked if an Xray would show anything and mine did not because only bones will show up on an Xray. I had to have an MRI to find the cyst but ask your Dr for an ultrasound because they are cheaper and I believe they would be as efficient for tendon/tissue/muscle issues as the more expensive MRI.
My only suggestion is taking a Nsaid(anti inflammatory) like Alleve (I was prescribed Meloxicam for a burst Ovarian cyst last summer and it seems to work ok) I take it on the onset of an attack and wrap my ankle in an ice pack and so far I don't have another for several days or so. Of course, this is only treating the symptoms and is not a cure.
Sure wish a Dr would weigh in on this site.......

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A ganglion cyst is just one of a multitude of conditions that might cause ankle pain. In your case of a ganglion cyst, if Mobic (meloxicam) along with wrapping and ice gives you substantial relief then that is probably all you need to do. My only concern would be if you are taking Mobic on a regular basis. If that is the case then you may need to change direction as I do not favor long term use of anti-inflammatory medication because of the potential side effects.
One option for you would be to consider a cortisone injection into the cyst. This should give you relief any where from a short term situation, all the way to the rest of your life. A cortisone injection has variable results for different people.
If you got real lucky, the needle would burst the cyst and perhaps not grow back, even though ganglions have a high recurrence rate. That is why surgical removal of the cyst can be an iffy proposition.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 06, 2012
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veins
by: Anonymous

i have the same shooting pain in my right ankle inside portion. but i have also noticed that there are veins showing now that didn't before. does anyone have the same issue?? and would that be still possibly tendon issue??

May 17, 2012
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Me too!
by: Shannon

I'm laying in bed now having one of these "attacks". I googled stabbing pain in ankle on my Blackberry and that's how I got here. Amazing. Same exact pain as you all are describing. Its been going on for a good 15 minutes, waxing and waning in intensity. Definitely "stabby" and the entire ankle in general has a strange feel. I hope it passes soon, I need to sleep! I'm a 31 year old active healthy woman, no injuries. Strange! Wish you all the best!

Apr 18, 2012
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I am amazed:
by: Anonymous

As many of you have written, I too have the same pain in left ankle. Have had for a while, just thought it was probably weight and the arch in left foot has fallen. I figure possible worn out the cartilage between the ankle bones, like knees do. Just curious if anyone has had xrays to their ankles and what it may have shown. I can understand the fustration of treatment plans many of you have had. I too have tried many different things. I will try bakng soda, haven't tried that. Also, do you have problems when getting up to walk in mornings iniatially. Mine pain is terrible at that time and then ease off. Then throughtout day have sharp shooting pain, as well as, being woke at night.

Apr 12, 2012
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17 year old never broken ankle
by: Sabrina

I thought I was going crazy, I've been getting all the feelings that everyone has said. Except my pain only lasts a few seconds, 15seconds has been the longest so far.
Not many have updated what has happened to them after they went to the doctor, and those few that have, all share very different outcomes.
I'm going to the doctor soon, and I will let you all know what happens. Because if you have all the pain the others have described, and also read the treatment they got..it's scary. It is for me anyways, I hate needles and that sort of thing.

Mar 31, 2012
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The Worst Pain of My Life
by: Joanie

I have had three surgeries on my left ankle and now I am having the same pain you are talking about, it wakes me up all night the sharp stabbing pain, it comes and goes and it has completly ruined my life, I don't do anything anymore because I can't.
I am to tired from being awake every couple of hours from pain, some days I just cry because I don't see an end in sight, I have tried pain meds, herbal, and now I just drink night time cough medicine to go back to sleep, I wish I wouldn't even wake up anymore. The insurance co. does not think they should have to cover this so they are not, they just deny everything.if you find a cure email me I will try anything. [email protected]

Mar 29, 2012
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I have the same issue
by: Chris

I have been having the same issue. Right where the ankle meets the foot, i have been having a sharp, stabbing pain in my left foot, with no regular pattern. It will randomly tense up and hurt like hell. It's impossible to ignore, except for when I'm running. I've been rubbing with minimalist running shoes since November and I've really picked it up a lot in the past month, and I'm going to take it easy for the next couple of weeks and perhaps wear regular running shoes. Any ideas as to what it could be??

Mar 28, 2012
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I have the same pain also!
by: troy

It started in November 2011 in both ankles. It was a weird feeling like they were coming un-jointed and then the pain that could not be described. It is bad. I went to the doc who gave me steroids which made it better except the funny click was still there and a week later the pain came back in both ankles. The doc then referred me to an orthopedic doctor who treated me for the per tendon for six weeks. The right ankle got much better but the same pain was there on the left. I went to the follow up visit he then prescribed me another steroid. It just wore off and the pain is coming back in the left, the right is healed it seems and now I have a good one to limp on. Nice. I still have the click also and the pain is after the thing comes un-jointed or whatever it is. Going back to the doc again to give him another shot to cure me.

Mar 26, 2012
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ankle pain
by: Anonymous

has anyone taken CIPRO antibiotic recently? I did in June and December. Side effect is tendon problems and or tendons snaping even months after. HAD SAME PAIN IN RIGHT ANKLE off and on' then stopped. Now in left ankle even sharper. Like an ice pick describes it to a tee!

Mar 10, 2012
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Sharp ankle pain
by: Lucy

I am so relieved not to be alone!!!! But this is crazy, there must be an explanation to these crazy and breathtaking pains.
I was ok for a few months and suddenly last night I woke up at 1:30 am with a pain so intense I could not breathe, cold sweats and nausea. It seemed that this time it lasted forever.
I was able to fall asleep after one hour but all day I lived in fear and still,have the feeling of burning and that it will return anytime.
I endured many health challenges during my life ( I am 56) and have a very high tolerance to pain but this is unbearable.
As a last resort I am trying Traumeel and ant inflammatory natural cream that works wonders. Let's see if it helps.
I was particularly interested in the theory of the elevated treadmill. I walk a lot especially uphill and now I have being going to the gym and that's exactly what I do.
I will follow this blog and hopefully we will be able to find some concrete answers.

Feb 26, 2012
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Electric Shock Pain is Gone!
by: Debbie B.

Back in August 2011 I posted along with all of you about the shooting, incapacitating pain in my right ankle. It was like a crisp, sharp "electric shock" that would have me on the floor screaming for about 30 seconds and then it was done, like nothing ever happened. This went on for months. I saw a post where someone said the drug Gabapentin helped them. This is a common drug for Epilepsy, which stems from nerve issues. My doctor told me it is a nerve problem in my ankle, why she doesn't know. Anyway, I asked about the Gapapentin and she agreed, let's give it a try. You start out slowly taking one a day, until you work up to 3. It does make you very sleepy in the beginning, a small price to pay it it gives relief. After being on it for months, I have found that taking 1 a day works fine and I built up a tolerance for the sleepy issue. I am pain free and have not had an "attack" since I started the drug! I am so thankful to the person that posted that it worked for them! I hope by this new post from me I can help someone else. It may not work for all, but it is certainly work a try! Pain free and happy in Cali!

Feb 26, 2012
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sciatica cause of pain?
by: Anonymous

has anyone looked into sciatica as the possible cause of foot or ankle pain?

Feb 24, 2012
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left ankle pain
by: Anonymous

So glad i found this page. I thought I was losing my mind. Voodoo doll describes it perfectly. Because it is intermittent, i haven't gone to the doctor, but i think I'll call one now. Thank you all for posting!

Feb 24, 2012
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left ankle pain
by: Anonymous

So glad i found this page. I thought I was losing my mind. Voodoo doll describes it perfectly. Because it is intermittent, i haven't gone to the doctor, but i think I'll call one now. Thank you all for posting!

Feb 16, 2012
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Peroneal Tendons
by: Anonymous

Sounds like tenosynovitis, tendonosis or tears of one or both of the peroneus longus or peroneus brevis. Good luck all!

Feb 14, 2012
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To: Cindie
by: Suzanne

Hi Cindie -

Just read your post about the orthotics. I doubt your pain is related to them since you said you have worn them for years. I am thinking it is more related to your new sneakers.
When I started having my sharp pains (see my posts 1/11 and 2/11) I had just bought a new pair of Nikes. They are actually a half size too small. I started having the pain within weeks of wearing them and was walking on a treadmill on an incline. The Orthopedist told me to stop wearing the shoes and keep the treadmill flat. ( I was diagnosed with cysts on my right ankle)

I am happy to say (even tho I still wear the shoes but tie them loosely so my ankle isn't as constricted) and walk on the treadmill only twice a week and not at an incline, I have not had the sharp pain in over a year, knock on wood!!

Good Luck!!
Suzanne

Feb 14, 2012
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Do any of you wear the ortho shoe inserts?
by: Cindie

I have been having the sharp, intermmitten pain in my ankles for over a year now. It is getting worse, more frequent.

Feels like my ankle, above the bone on the outside of my leg is cracked or going to snap.

I have been using the inserts for years, but I did buy a different label of sneakers, (usually buy easy spirits) and wondering if maybe the support was different.

Feb 12, 2012
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Severe sharp ankle pain
by: Wingold

Yesterday I suddenlt had a severe sharp shooting pain on the inside of of my right ankle. The pain is from the ankle point up for about 3 inches. Extreme agony. Cannoy move foot at all. Lasts about 20 secs - 1 minute and then disappears. Today had same issue a few times. Now it feels as if it will happen any moment. I have very bad neck problems (3 discs disintegrated) and have had a lower back disc removed (20 years ago). Any advice or ideas of what to do will be greatly appreciated

Feb 07, 2012
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Ankle gives way when pain strikes
by: Anonymous

I can't believe that so many people also suffer from this! I can get a shooting pain going over the side of my ankle which will end up with me either hoping on my left leg until the pain goes or ending up on the floor as the ankle gives way.

Really not sure what else to do if visits to hospitals and doctors having helped others so far. All part of the aging process!

Jan 24, 2012
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Amazing
by: Sharon

I am amazed that so many people are experiencing the very same thing I have been having for the last several years! It's rather bizarre when you think about it. Most of us, right ankle, stabbing pain....why do so many of us have it and WHAT CAUSES IT? Better yet, what does it take to get RID of it?

Jan 24, 2012
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I had same problem left ankle - meningioma
by: Wendy

I had same symptom in my left ankle for about a year, sudden intense shooting pain, takes your breathe away and put you at a complete stop. Goes away quickly but leaves you feeling drained and weird. Pain moved to my left arm and began to have problems with speech while trying to figure out ankle problem, MRIs were done on leg, back. Nothing. Finally went to get second opinion from new doctor and found a parasagittal meningioma brain tumor on the right parietal lobe of my brain, but I am not going to die. Had surgery, removed tumor, but pain is still there and some days it is worse than before, most days I am pain free. My left foot now has numbness and my tendons are tightening and pulling my big toe upward. My neuro-oncologist, neurologists and my foot specialists all tell me this is brain injury. Hope your problem is not this, but it is definitely something to look at. Best wishes to all who have similar symptoms, because it sucks not being able to find a cure for pain. Both my feet hurt sometimes and my left arm occasionally, but the ankle pain just hits me when I apply pressure to it when walking. Out of the blue it just goes "BOOM". The nerves just do a short circuit or something. I keep joking my brain is rebooting. I hope with time my nerves will heal and it will go away. Best wishes to everyone, hope your pain goes away soon.