Not what you're looking for? CLICK HERE INSTEAD



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

Comments for shooting pain

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 21, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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.

RESPONSE
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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.......

RESPONSE
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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. jcowgirlup28@aol.com

Mar 29, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
sciatica cause of pain?
by: Anonymous

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

Feb 24, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
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.

Jan 07, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstar
Voo Doo affect, Ice Pick...
by: Daniels

My husband started complaining yesterday with the ice pick outside of his ankle that takes his breath away even when he's driving. Has had no injuries, back or hip surgeries. This just started out of the blue and is now concerning him because he never knows when the snake is going to bite!!! I haven't seen anything on here other than the baking soda and water, as far as treatments. He is NOT one to go to the dr. unless he thinks something is truly life threatning! Enjoyed reading all post. Please reply if you know of anything that may help. Ibuprofen? Tylenol? an ankle wrap???? something. Thanks!

Dec 30, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ankle pain that lasts 10 seconds and takes your breath away
by: Anonymous

I had this pain in my right ankle as well. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with gout. I was given an anti inflammatory and pain medicine. I did a lot of research and read to drink 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 8 oz of water and this has helped so many people with this problem. This is my first experience with this problem so I don't know what cured me but I did try the baking soda and after 3 days, I am 100 percent better. Hope this helps.


Dec 15, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
pain in right ankle
by: reshab

I have the same problem...it started about two ago and it feels like an electric shock....it is agony.
Although it doesn't last too long,it feels like eternity...

Nov 12, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Shooting pain in Ankle
by: Anonymous

I have experienced all of the above. I read someone's post that they were prescribed Neurontin (Gabapentin)but that it didn't work for them. I went ot my doctor and he prescribed it for me. No diagnosis on the ankle issue. Anyway, the Gabapentin works for me and since being prescribed, The pain has stop. Gabapentin is a time released drug that is a common drug used for Epilepsy. I do not have Epilepsy and the only drawback is that it makes me sleepy. You ge used to it though. A small price to pay for being pain free. Those "electic" shocks in the ankle are horrible as any of you subscribing to this feed know.

Nov 12, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Spinal cord?
by: Anonymous

I have had this since the day I gave birth to my daughter in 1999. It was very severe for months or maybe first years. It's a shooting pain that has dropped me to the floor in a convenience store and other unfortunate positions I have been in. I laugh when with friends who know. It is so painful I am left breathless and if it is a series of attacks, I am sweating pale etc.
I have always said it is like someone is suddenly tasing me. I love the voodoo doll theory.
At first it came with a burning around my big toe also. That has since subsided.
These pains are random. OH so random. I get little "suggestions" of pain like a reminder "it may take me down today" and then it will subside for weeks or a month.
Today I have had 5 and I nearly chucked my computer from the immediate flex of my leg muscles and "yelling profanities suddenly" and then I am fine.
HERE IS SOME INFO...My friend had a spinal cord tumor which educated him grately on his spinal cord. He witnessed the attacks in their extreme first phase back years ago and told me this is my spinal cord. Now this does not mean you have a tumor but it may mean a pinch, spasm, nerve being touched etc. I don't know but that is where I would start so you don't go through foot therapies and surgeries unnecessarily.
We can't all be freaks of nature so there must be something going on.
I am not overweight but I have injured my back and have issues there but was really able to live my life with them. I had an epidural at delivery of my daughter so I don't know......
I wish us few of these attacks and a finding of the source and if you see anyone with a voodoo doll take it and burn it! :)
Oh I used to bang my foot and grab at it to rub the pain but after my friend told me this I started moving my back around immediately and it seemed to help??

Oct 05, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
This is crazy!
by: Marie

I just googled 'i have a shooting pain in my right ankle' and went to this page and this is crazy! I can't believe how recently so many people have had the same experience. I'm 53 next week and the pain has only just started over the past few weeks. I certainly feel for you young people.
I have been unsure as to whether to contact the doctor or not,wondering whether it would just 'go away' but that doesn't sound like it will be the case. If I do go I'll write up the outcome.
I have never serously injured my right ankle, and, due to a bad back & right hip (which I have injured on numerous occasions) don't get to exercise as much as I used to (once upon a time), + I have a 'sit-down' job.
I was wondering whether the pain I have in my right hip might somehow be connected (like an electric circuit) to the right ankle, sending those horrifying 'shooting electric shocks' down to the ankle. These 'shocks' also cause me to catch my breath, or, gasp with pain. The amount of pain time, and the occurrence, is also sporadic.
I also have fairly constant pain going down the back of the right leg. I'm starting to limp and that's not good. I was diagnosed end of last year with moderate L5/S1 facet joint arthropathy, and was given a lumbosacral injection, which hurt and only just took the edge off that pain. I'm even considering a walking stick :|
I would like to wish everyone good luck.

Sep 21, 2011
Rating
starstarstar
vertical split of the distal peroneal brevis tendon
by: Anonymous

I had pain in my ankle since jan. 2011. I figured it was just from wearing steel toe shoes and standing on my feet for 8 hours a day. The pain got so bad that i could hardly walk by the end of the day. I had an MRI done and it revealed that i have a vertical split of the distal peroneal brevis tendon. I had to wear a walking cam for a few months. My doctor also did the procedure of where they take your own blood out of your arm and inject it right into the tendon. I had 6 of those treatments. It didn't help. Then i was sent to physical therapy still not helping and it actually got a bit worse. I'm going for a 2nd opinion. Has anybody ever gone through this? And if so how was the surgery? Thanks.

Sep 12, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
ankle pain
by: Brad

I just had an attack. It last a couple of minutes and I could not even talk. The pain is terrible. Right ankle and right in the middle of the bone on the side of my foot. Now I feel fine. This has been going on for a week.

Is anyone getting any answers? I'm hearing this is most likely a problem related to the tendon. Help!

Sep 04, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Same thing
by: A.E. Jones

I have had the same pain. I've seen 4 doctors, and they still haven't quite grasped what's truly causing it. The most recent guess that seems to be the most true is peroneal tendinitis. My ankle hurts sporadically, and it has been doing so for almost a year now. I'm in a cast for it right now. I also have a bone in my foot that not everyone has, so going to a specialist is probably in your best interest. My specialist has been great, and every other doctor I've seen has been completely clueless. I know it's awful, and I hope everyone gets better!

Aug 04, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Electric shock pain
by: Debbie B

You are all describing the same symptoms I have been having off and on for about a year. Now the "electric shock" feeling in my left ankle is there constantly and is interferring with my life. I'm afraid it will never go away and that scares me. I'm young and cannot live like this. My GP has no answers, he is sending me to a Podiatrist, we'll see what happens there. The pain is excruciating and I'm starting to get depressed over it. Need some help if it's out there.

Jul 24, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
to edel
by: olive

I share a comparison with edel. I've also been experincing this horrific pain for 7 yrs. I compeletly understand your pain. My right ankles gets so bad that i can't hardly get in the shower without the help from my boyfriend and mother. Im in so need of help. "Please someone help me". I don't care if i have to be some sort lab rat to find a cure. Im willing to do anything to find a cure for this problem. A year and a half ago i did go to a physician who suggested that i get a subtalar fusion, unfortunately i got really terrifed, im only 25 yrs old and i happen to work in the medical field. I would love to educate myself further in the medical field, but honestly i couldn't imagine my right ankle doing a 12 hour shift. Honestly i can't even barley do a 8 hour shift but i have no choice, if anyone out there knows any solutions for me im begging please help me."""Im completly in tears right now"". My e-mail address is olivenjackie@yahoo.com

Apr 06, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
The Link Describes My Pain
by: Steve

The link http://www.eorthopod.com/content/peroneal-tendon-subluxation describes what I feel. It happened twice yesterday when I was going down steps. I had my left foot pointed toe down, and when I put my weight on my foot I had severe stabbing pain in the back of the upper ankle. It brought tears to my eyes. But in about a minute, I could walk normally.

I think it is peroneal tendon subluxation caused by a severe ankle strain 9 months ago. After the sprain I went to physical therapy for months to try to stretch my Achilles tendon. They were going to operate, but while on a trip 3 months ago where I had to walk 3 or 4 miles every day, I got the normal range of motion back in my Achilles tendon. I cancelled the surgery. Then yesterday the severe pain came twice. I am going to immobilize my ankle a couple days with an ankle brace and go down steps flat footed in the future. If this doesn't work, I will go back to the ankle doctor.

Mar 30, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
exact same problem!
by: Edel

Im only 18 and iv been getting this pain around 5 years now! I actually lie up and scream and cry the pain is so severe! Its on the outside of my right ankle just under my bone and slightly towards the bend on my foot... i get terrible attacks. If im on my feet for even 4 hours non stop, the minute I sit down the attacks start! When they stop im unable to walk at all and have to crawl around on my hands and knees.. Iv attended 4 different physios had xrays done and went to two osteopaths all of which told me different things! If anyone can lead me in the right direction to getting sorted id be grateful because its ruining my life I cant do anything! Thanks.

Mar 20, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
OMG--Yes Voodoo Doll! -- UPDATE
by: CB

My foot pain turned out to be a torn ligament. Apparently most of these don't have nerve endings, but this one does! My podiatrist found this with an ultrasound machine. After numbing the area with a freezing spray (thankfully he's one that very good on keeping things as pain free as possible), he injected the area with a collagen. He explained this would act like a bandage--helping to stabilize the area while it healed. He also said it would be around 6 weeks before it would be known if I needed another treatment.

I also had to keep off the foot as much as possible. I also tried to used a sock brace, but I found it very uncomfortable to walk on because of the seams so I only used that a couple of days. I had this done late December 2010 and after a few spasms, following the treatment, it feels completely healed. (Mar 2011)

I don't know how I injured it--this is one of those things that can happen if you play basketball and come down wrong, for example. I don't play sports, but I do have weak ankles that tend to turn if I hit an uneven patch. So that could have done it. This may or may not help if you have a more severe case and may need surgery. The pain comes from the ligament trying to heal and hold the bones together. Ice packs helped, but even propping my feet up did not stop the sudden spasms. It also went on for a couple of months and got worse, so I think treatment was the only option--it wasn't healing on its own.

Mar 16, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I thought I'd gone saft.
by: Scott.

This is exactly what I am getting too. I've had four attacks of this today.

Funny reading the comment about the Voodoo doll, I made exactly the same quip while doubled up in the kitchen.


Feb 12, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Shooting ankle pain
by: Anonymous

this is the first time I've heard of someone with this problem other than me! I've always described this pain as shooting electric-like shocking pain. The doctor's couldn't explain it. Not only do I experience those symptoms, my foot goes out. This all started in 2002, and I ended up falling and breaking it. I was having problems with it, wrapped it, tried to be very careful but one minute I was standing at the counter where I worked, and the next second I was on the floor. I have a plate in it but the shooting shocking pain and the paralysis still comes and goes. The sad part is sometimes it is in both ankles. What causes this? I heard MS. Sometimes my wrists do it too, along with my hip. I can't even sweep or mop a floor because my hip will stop me and I literally can't move. The symptoms appear to be related. Cement floors or roads are now pretty scary, because my foot goes out, stops me.

Feb 07, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
same ankle pain....results
by: Suzanne

Ok, after 3 visits to the Orthopedist, an X-ray and an MRI later, they have determined my pain has been caused by a benign Ganglion cyst. I actually have two cysts and early stage arthritis, but the stabbing pain is in the area of the Ganglion cyst. You can read more about these on the left hand side of this page.
The options are: surgery and in a cast for 4 months, steroid shots or anti-inflammatory regimen. I am opting to start with the less invasive and see if that makes it go away. It is so frustrating because it it so sporadic and you never know when it will hit. Since the first visit to the Doc, she advised not exercising on the treadmill for now and that seems to have stopped the sharp pains for the most part. I do have dull aches pretty much all the time but I can live with them. I don't want to stop exercising forever so if the Alleve doesn't help I will try the steriod shots.

Hope all of you find some relief and please post how you are doing.

Thanks!

Jan 16, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Same ankle pain......
by: Suzanne

I am so glad I found this - I thought I was losing my mind! All of the descriptions ice pick, voo doo doll, etc are exactly what I am feeling. I could add lightning bolt and electric shock as well! I get this on the outside of my right ankle and it started in September. I got this pain out of nowhere just sitting at my computer and it continued about every 15 minutes throughout the day. I have never injured my ankle and do moderate exercise 3 x's a week(treadmill, weights) I was put on a muscle relaxant and it only lasted that one intense day. Or so I thought......
Four months later Jan 12, it returned. A couple stabbing pain episodes a day. I took Alleve and put it on ice. I figured it would go away like it did in September. Wrong!! It continued on for 5 days and finally last night it woke me up every 2 hours and seemed more intense. Alleve and ice did no good. Went to a walk -in clinic since it is a Sunday and the P.A. said she had never heard of such and thought it could be tendon related. She is referring me to an Orthopedist to get xray, MRI, etc. Thanks for the advice of the CT scan - sure hope I don't need surgery. If anyone can please update me on how they are doing, with or without surgery I would be so grateful!

Dec 08, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
OMG--Yes Voodoo Doll!
by: CB

The comment about the voodoo doll hit home. I have exactly that symptom on the outside right ankle. Like someone is stabbing it with an ice pick! There's no warning...it usually occurs when I'm sitting. I have to stop myself from screaming when it happens at work. And the pain spasms for about 30 seconds. I do get some relief when I get up and walk around, but I can't do that all the time. Guess I'll have to see a podiatrist...

I haven't injured my foot--I also wonder if it's the chair I'm using since it mostly happens when I'm at work. One habit I'm trying to correct: Stop sitting with my ankles crossed--maybe that pulled on the tendon.

Good luck everyone.

Nov 22, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
sharp shooting pain on the outside of left ankle
by: Anonymous

This is the same type of pain i am experiencing! I awoke in the middle of the night with what I thought was someone stabbing my foot and ankle, it was swollen on the left inside and I tried Advil w/ no results, heat, ice and finally soaked it in epsom salt in VERY hot water, i was able to relieve some of the pain and get back to sleep within 2.5 hours and not have any further stabbing, burning, pain symptoms. I did allegedly break the foot at the joint over a year ago and wore a hard boot for 8-12 weeks however, this pain is in a different. Could it be a lack of calcium or an arthritic syndrome or really the peroneal tendon? Please respond as I really need my rest!!!!

Oct 18, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I can't believe I found this!
by: Cynthia

I echo - this is CRAZY!

I suddenly started having this sharp pain like - yes- like I'm a victim of a voodoo doll or like I'm being stabbed with an iron rod on the outside of my ankle.

No memory of twisting my ankle or anything triggering this.

It just whacks me out of the blue randomly and the pain will make me gasp and take my breath away.

I'm putting ice on the area a few times a day to see if that helps.

Aug 06, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ankle pains
by: Anonymous

My doc told me it was swelling in the peroneal tendon, that was causing my pain. The symptoms being discussed sound like what I was having. Dr gave me a steroid shot, but it still is hurting. Looks like surgery in mid Sept to correct the issue. Split the sheathing around tendon and remove and deteriorated section

Jun 30, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
This is so crazy, glad I found this article.
by: Suanne

WOW. I was just in the ER yestarday with this same thing. I've had it for around 2 years now, off and on. BUT~yestarday I woke around 3 am with the worst pain in my life!! All day, I was in agony with it. It happens so sudden, and its so bad that it literally takes my breath away. Like a burning, stabbing sensation right under the protruding ankle bone on the left foot for me. I literally could have been shot in that spot and not have known the difference the pain is so severe. The ER doc was so rude to me, thinking that I was just drug seeking. I cant make the pain occur, it only happens at certain times!! I dont know what it is, but please someone out there, give us some darned hope!!!

Thank you!

Mar 05, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
This could be the problem.....
by: Annie

Hello fellow sufferers. This link gives a potential explanation. It's about the peroneal tendon:

http://www.foothealthfacts.org/footankleinfo/peroneal-tendon.htm

Good luck.

Jan 17, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
sharp ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I too experience this pain on my right ankle, just below the ankle bone on the outside of the foot. I last anywhere from a minute to a few minutes and then just goes away. I'm very active, never acts up during running, yoga, but today while skiing it struck again. I've been told to do the abc's with my foot, drawing each letter with my foot. I don't notice any difference.

Dec 31, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
pain only when there is pressure!!
by: Anonymous

Okay, I found some people like me...I have a sudden sharp pain in left outside ankles...no reason..just started and can not walk on it now...no pressure at all..this happened once before, but rested it and all was better..now it just won't let me up...No pain as long as there is no pressure.

Apr 15, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Problem Found
by: Scott Nusbuam

Well i went to the doctor and had x-rays but nothing showed up, went back a month later and had an MRI done but still nothing. finally i went back and they did a CT Scan and found that my main Joint in my foot is one solid mass, this is the cause of the sharp pain at night and why i have no range of motion. I am going in for surgery on the 22nd of this month and they are putting two screws in to make a proper swinging joint, this will take away the pain and give me my life back. I am so happy they found this and i was not just going crazy. If none of your doctors found anything, please ask them to do a CT Scan, they will find anything if there is something to find. Thanks and hope this helps. BTW, I have no insurance so i have been going to county hospital, that is why it takes so long to get checked out.

Apr 15, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Results
by: Trisha

Hi Everyone!

I went to the doctor and they took an x-ray of my ankle. It turns out that the sharp pains are muscle spasms. He told me to stretch my ankle up and down and side to side.

Apr 15, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Good info on this subject!
by: Anonymous

This is crazy!!! We are all experiencing the EXACT same symptoms, yet no one is posting any responses telling us what is wrong!!! I broke my ankle and was in three different casts for a total of almost 3 months. About a week after transitioning out of my aircast, while wearing a brace, I took 3 "jog type" steps and instantly had this pain. I was put back in a cast for 4 weeks, I wore it dilligently for 5 weeks. After a week of wearing my bace I took a 1 "job type" step and had the same type of pain X10 as I experienced after my first "brace" only worse this time. I have an appointment on 4/16/09 and will definitely post the results. What's the point of sharing you experiences if nobody is going to see/read/hear/etc. them????

Apr 15, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Good info on this subject!
by: Anonymous

This is crazy!!! We are all experiencing the EXACT same symptoms, yet no one is posting any responses telling us what is wrong!!! I broke my ankle and was in three different casts for a total of almost 3 months. About a week after transitioning out of my aircast, while wearing a brace, I took 3 "jog type" steps and instantly had this pain. I was put back in a cast for 4 weeks, I wore it dilligently for 5 weeks. After a week of wearing my bace I took a 1 "job type" step and had the same type of pain X10 as I experienced after my first "brace" only worse this time. I have an appointment on 4/16/09 and will definitely post the results. What's the point of sharing you experiences if nobody is going to see/read/hear/etc. them????

Mar 05, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ankle Pain
by: Trisha

Did anyone get any answers? I experienced this pain when I was pregnant and thought it was just a crazy pregnancy thing. I am experiencing this again. It is horrible. It's about the size of a pin on the upper left ankle and feels like I am being stabbed.

Feb 13, 2009
Rating
starstar
Scott and Liz- what's the diagnosis?
by: Tara

Scott and Liz,

What was the diagnosis? Were they able to pinpoint anything?

Thanks,

Feb 02, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Same Here
by: Scott Nusbuam

I have the same problem, I am going for an MRI today, and hope to hear some good news, as in, they can fix it. I will post what I find out, so as to help you and others with this problem. Man just last night, I went to bed on my back(best for me) and an hour into sleep, I was woken by what seemed like a murder on my foot, the sharp pain was horrible.

Jan 20, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
me too!
by: Joanne

I'm having the same sharp, stabbing pains that you describe. It feels as if I am the victim of a voo doo doll! OUCH! What did you find out?

Dec 30, 2008
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Follow up
by: Dean

Hey Liz,

Did you end up finding out what was the cause of your pain? I'm curious because I'm experiencing the symptoms you described.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the doctor.






download from Apple Store
Get it on Google Play



MY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS
(items I prescribe in the office)


Orthotics for multiple types of foot pain
best buy in a pre-made orthotic
click link below


SuperStepOrthotics


Orthotics for heel and arch pain for those who must wear dress shoes
click link below


redithotics


Topical pain reliever
click link below


blu-mjk


Relief for nail fungus
click link below


clotrimazoil


HONESTe Online Member Seal
Click to verify - Before you buy!






I've been doing some aggressive research lately (it's how I found your incredible website) and realize now that my symptoms are not consistant with the diagnosis.

Jennifer

Hunterville, NC
….after reviewing your amazing site (great for the avg. jill). So thank you very much!!!

Liesbeth

NY
I am really, really impressed with your plain-speak explanations for the various conditions.

Jacqueline

NJ
This was an extremely helpful site. I have an appointment on the 18th and your info. Was right on target…..

Jack

Fla
A well organized site containing much information written in a manner that the average reader can comprehend.

Jean

Ontario, Canada
I found your website and articles most interesting.

Andrew

Fla.
Thank you for a quick response. I think your site is the best information site on foot pain and I have viewed many.

Judy

(location unknown)
I came to your website, footspecialist.net via www.foot-pain explained .com which I think is also your website? I thought explanations for different types of problems were well addressed and thoughtfully stated for the patient in mind.

L.W.

New York
You have an amazing and extremely informative site. I enjoyed looking through all of the data and stats.

Yvette

Memphis, TN
Thanks again so much for the information in the article. Very interesting.

Anna

Scotland
Great article. I have had plantar fasciitis since I was in high school……..

J. Simmons

(location unknown)
Dear Dr. Mitnick, The orthotics arrived four days ago and I slipped them into my shoes immediately. I was skeptical as to the usefulness of the item, they really didn't look very exotic. I have to say though, after using them for just four days, I have experienced grand relief from my foot pain. Even the very first day, I was able to do a lot of work while on my feet with at least a 75% reduction of pain. It has only gotten better every day, and I go nowhere without my shoes with the orthotics. I had been experiencing extreme heel and sole pain for about six months and had to take extended breaks off my feet many times a day as well as regular doses of Ibuprofen. Since getting the orthotics, my life has returned to normal and I feel good again. Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation for a very effective item, I had no idea what a change this item could affect.

Yours truly,

J.C. Forbes

Tennessee
Thanks for the Response, you hit it on the head.

Steve

Redondo Beach, CA
Thank you for your time and expertise in answering my question…..

LH

(location unknown)
First, thanks for putting together this website. Its the most informative site I have found dealing with foot problems. Last June I started having pain and swelling at …….

Joe

(location unknown)
First of all, thank you for having all this useful information available in one place. I've been through most of your website and based on my research, pain and evaluations I think I've narrowed things down quite a bit.

Pete M.

(location unknown)
Thank you for the best site I have found when researching foot pain.

Glenda B.

Madison, Alabama
Thanks for replying so quickly. I was a bit concerned. I think your website is great, and chock full of info.....

Carol

Denison, TX
Dr. Marc, Thank you so much for your reply which seemed to be right on. I have researched many sites but you put me on the right path to the possible answer. My foot pain may not rule the rest of my life after all! I believe I'll make a sign that reads, "THE END IS NEAR!" Thanks Very Much,

Dawn

West lafayette, IN
Dear sir...no doubt you get positive comments re your site...May I please be added to the list of your admirers. In all of my years of web surfing I would say your site is right there with the very best. Thank you for taking the time to write the terrific info you provide and for putting things into laymen terms for us mere mortals. I pray you have much on going success and thank you again for a deed well done. As for me I did not find much help for my symptoms and will continue on my quest. Were you anywhere in the South I would make and appointment...Thanks again dear sir...m.e.

Michael E.

Tampa, Florida 33624
Hi. This is a great site! I'm a healthy middle aged woman who is in good health, but.....

Kelly

Texas
Just a wee word of thanks for your wonderful website...It is a terrific service...Thank you for providing your knowledge and help...With highest regards, m ebeling

Michael D. Ebeling

Tampa, Florida 33624


Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.

Steve

UK


Dear Dr.Mitnick

I usually do my research on the Mayo clinic website. I think your website is the most informative site I have found when researching foot pain.

I thank you for putting together this incredible website.

Regards,

Dragica W.

Edmonton,Canada


....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!

Roxy

South Africa


You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.

Matthew W.

Mansfield Ctr, CT


First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.

Steve

Placentia, California


First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)

Unknown

Unknown location


I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.

Ric J.

Unknown location


I greatly admire someone like you who would donate and dedicate so much time and effort to helping strangers with no compensation. Truly, it is uncommonly kind. And your site is so intelligently arranged.

Ron R.

Pacific Grove, CA


I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in college years ago, so I know the benefits of good care. Again, I want to thank you for an EXCELLENT website. It was so great to get to your site (top of google search) and actually find all the answers I needed EASILY and QUICKLY! Clearly you put a ton of work into it and I really appreciate it.

All the best,

Victoria

Alameda, California


By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!

Anonymous


Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!

Anonymous




Hi. I come to your site often looking for information. It is really informative and I appreciate it very much. I have RA and have been having considerable amount of foot pain...... Dee RN


Thanks very much for the wonderful informative site.

Catherine

New Zealand


Thank You for my answer! I have been schedule for a bone density scan, allingment, and I am in the process of getting orthotics made, and checking out the natural remedies. Thank again! What a great web site!

Sincerely

Josette


Yes I want both pair of orthotics. You don't have an option of ordering 2 at one time so I had to place the order twice. Thanks. My husband likes these and wants to put them in all of his shoes. (referring to Superstep orthotics)

Cindy H.

Arizona
I searched the internet everywhere for a clear description and illustration of my symptoms/problem. http://www.foot-pain-explained.com/ was where I ended my search with answers. If I lived in Jersey (left 30 years ago) and didn't live in Florida I would definetly make an appointment with Dr. Mitnick.

Thanks, Kathy

Florida
1st of all THANKS A LOT for your great site......

Anna

Poland
Thank you so much for your response. I will let you know how I am doing if you would like. Your website is awesome!

M P

South Carolina
Hello! I want to thank you for such an informative website! I found you based on my ankle pain search and am happy to realize that there may be a relatively simple cause and solution....

Natalie

unknown location


...Thanks for your fantastic service.

Gary

Arlington, VA


Thank you so very much, that would be much appreciated. I love those insoles, by the way. (referring to Superstep orthotics)

Kelly W.

San Clemente, CA


Dr Marc is fantastic...He seems to know exactly what you are feeling with the problems you are having. I wish he was in my home town so I could go to him with my problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pam

location unknown


Great insights! Thanks Doc, you're the best.

Glen

location unknown


I have been experiencing foot pain of various sorts and am working to figure out what it is. I found this site and can only say BRAVO!! What an excellent site! The time it must have taken to put all this together must've been a daunting task! I am sure it has helped so many people. Thank you so very much for doing this.

Bre

location unknown


Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so much for your reply. I did let my physician know and they took an x-ray - all is well! Also, thank you for providing this wonderful site, it is very helpful with lots of useful information! I appreciate your gift of time! God bless.

anonymous




Dr. Mitnick, Thank you, you were 100% correct. The pain finally brought me to the ER. I spent 8 days in the hospital. The Doppler you spoke of was able to show that there was no pulse in that foot. This was an arterial clot that split and traveled throughout my leg. My leg was almost amputated. I am in rough shape but have all my parts intact!! You certainly know what you are talking about. Thank you for taking the time to answer. Yours Truly!

anonymous




Staying at home after hallux surgery I spend quite a lot of time seaching info useful for avoiding problems which might come back. Today I found your site and I am .... delighted it happened. It's one of the best site I found last days.

Anna

Poland




Thanks for taking time to read and answer so many questions. It is truly a public service!

Esh

Seattle, WA


I just wanted to say that I am very greatful for this website!!

Bonnie

location unknown




Also, and importantly, just want to praise this web site. Thorough and thoughtfully presented, it certainly must be of considerable assistance to anyone with a foot problem. Terrific -- and very interesting.I trust the address comes up easily for those seeking information.

Bill

New Jersey




Thanks so much for answering my question. You've been more help to me than my own Dr. has been lately. Thanks again....I hope to be able to walk without pain someday.

Debbie

location unknown




Wow, that is exactly the information needed!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! I appreciate this help so very much from Marc Mitnick DPM. Excellent information and help to improve One's life.

Chrissy

location unknown




Thanks so much for this website Dr. Marc! It is so nice that you have this ask the doctor feature..I'm sure I'ts been helpful for alot of people. I will try what you suggested and see if it helps...thanks again!

Tracy

Evansville, IA




Dear Marc

I just want to say thank you for the quick response and the good info. I find it amazing and a super nice thing that you do here by answering medical questions at no charge.

Russ W.

location unknown




Your website is full of a lot of helpful information, and I am very impressed with the time in which you responded to my post. Thank you again for your time and consideration in your response.

-Sunny.

location unknown




Thank you very much for the information, I will consider it. Excellent web site.

Jackie

San Diego, CA




Dr. Mitnick, Just want to say thank you so very much for your quick response and very informative reply! After reading what you had to say, I called the doctor's office and was able to get in and see him the same day as my injury. Toe was x-rayed and luckily, it is not broken or fractured. Very badly bruised and will probably lose the toe nail. And although my toe and toe nail are still very black and blue and very sore, they ARE both starting to feel a little better. So again, thank you! I am so very happy that I came across your website. The service you provide is outstanding and immeasurable!

Rivi,

Albany, NY




Thank you so much for all of your advice. In searching the web for people dealing with this same issue i can tell you that you are a Knight In shining Armor! If I lived in Jersey I would gladly be your Spokesperson. Hopefully next time you hear from me it will be good news. God Bless,

Jill S.

location unknown




THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS, YOU ARE SO VERY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.

Jackie

Whichita, KS




thanks again, this site is very helpful.

mark

Boston, MA




Like others have stated...This site is amazing and I am so thankful that it was created.

....Keep up what your doing. Your a life saver.

Michelle

Colorado




Thanks again for the information provided on your site. It's easy for non-medical folk to understand your writing, and helps provide better communication between patient and doctor.

annielou

Colorado


Wonderful advice

by: Anonymous

This is the best site for foot problem info.


Thank you for this information. This description fits my pain and inflammation behind my 2nd toe perfectly.

by: Max

location unknown
Again, I really appreciate that you responded to my inquiry, and that your mention of Parkinson's helped me to find my way to a diagnosis of this difficult to diagnose disease. Most patients see on average 16 doctors before they are diagnosed. I hope that you can help other people that ask for your expertise in the future.

Barb D.

Canada
I just wanted to say that I am very greatful for this website!! I have had a fusion in my rt foot and am finally getting a little bit better......

Bonnie

location unknown
Again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to answer my question....your an angel!

Nancie

Wisconsin
Thank you for your response. You have provided some great insight (to my question)....

Julie

location unknown
Thank-you so very much for responding so quickly and in such detail to my question!! I will give my surgeon a call today!! This website is terrific!!!! Thank-you again!

Renae

North Carolina
Many Thanks Dr Marc!
Thank you for your response. It sounds like a good plan to me. He did not cut the wart out first ...

KG

location unknown


Thanks again doc for having this website and we STILL need qualified Podiatrists in beautiful sunny Tampa Bay (Bradenton) Florida.

Bessie Mae

Florida
Dear Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so very much for taking your time to answer my question. You have greatly relieved my anxiety related to the continual tingly I feel in my feet. I will share your response with my podiatrist next week. God bless you for having this question and answer page on your website! Most gratefully,

Lynne T.

location unknown
Your webpage is excellent, I commend you on sharing your knowledge to the public.

Robert

New Jersey


Thank you. you were more detailed than what others have told me they finally called from the last xrays and my son is now in a cast for 2 weeks he did have a fracture that was not noticeable.

a mom

location unknown


I have read your website and I have to admit that I am amazed at all the information that is on here. I have learned more than the three years I have been going to several doctors that I have seen!!

Melody

Lenoir, NC


Thank you so much Doc for a quick and thorough response!

Rustam

Bellevue, WA


I cannot thank you enough for your response, opinion, and suggestions! I want you to know how much it means to me, and I'm sure everyone else who has ever asked you a question! I feel like you're a lifesaver and have empowered me to take a stronger role and stand up for myself and my feet!

Jodi

location unknown