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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
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
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