What's this pain in my ankle?
May 18, 2012 2:04 PM Subscribe
Pain in my ankle. What's wrong?
posted by Sal and Richard to health & fitness (4 answers total)
I have this off and on pain in my right ankle for the past several weeks and I can't figure out what the issue is. It's not swollen or red, and I didn't have a recent fall. The pain is on the outside of my ankle and it seems to occur only after I've been sitting down for a while. I'll get up and take a step and mid-way through the step (when the heel lifts off the ground), there is this awful pain on the outside of my right ankle towards the base of the ankle. It's the kind of pain that feels like my ankle can't support my weight - like it's stiff and unable to move properly and it might give out. Standing on it is usually fine, it's just taking a step that hurts. However, once I take 5 or 6 steps the pain is gone and I can walk normally again pain-free. But then I sit back down at my desk for a while, get up, and process usually (but not always) repeats. This has been on and off for a few weeks now. On some days I've had no trouble and other days it happens all the time. When the pain is happening it hurts to twist the foot outward to the right but does not hurt when I turn it inward.
I don't think it's a shoe issue - I wear Dansko's or Clarks and I haven't recently bought a new pair. I am overweight, so perhaps that's the issue. Today I noticed that I often bend my right leg and foot underneath my left leg and sit in my chair half cross-legged with my right ankle underneath the back of my left thigh and my left leg on the ground at a proper 90 degree angle. Hope that makes sense - essentially I'd be sitting in an office chair cross-legged if I were to bend my left leg up in the same position my right leg is in.