Persistent pain in both ankles....

Discussion in 'Injuries and Prevention' started by Combat Sports, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. Combat Sports

    Combat Sports Formerly What Works

    So, my son had pain in one ankle, started physical therapy for that and ended up with pain in both ankles. Doctors have done bloodwork and found nothing. Full rest for a month did nothing. Physical therapy just irritated it, and then did nothing. It hurts more if he bears extra weight. It has been a consistent 4 out of 10 on the pain scale and nothing works. Anyone ever have this?

    He has been out of action since Febuary due to unrelated issues, so it's not over-use. He has been mostly home and sometimes walking to the store.
  2. Ero-Sennin

    Ero-Sennin Well-Known Member Supporter

    How old is he?

    I had mad issues with my knees growing up to the point where it was a serious concern of little me to take car trips over an hour and I had no idea how I was going to be an adult if I couldn't sit in a car for more than an hour without my knees being in agony. I also had a lot of pain in my feet during my teenage years. Both were just normal, and literal, "growing pains."

    Maybe try some high top shoes/boots for extra support for a bit and see if that helps a bit. If doctors can't figure it out it's not likely we can : /.
  3. Combat Sports

    Combat Sports Formerly What Works

    14. It is possible this is some sort of growing pain, but it has been going on for months, and nothing seems to help.
  4. Ero-Sennin

    Ero-Sennin Well-Known Member Supporter

    The knee pain lasted probably from 13 to 17 years old for me. Feet were really bad for only about a year.

    No idea though really. Hope it all sorts out though. Feet problem are the worst.
  5. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    What type of doctor did you see, was it an orthopedic doctor?
  6. Combat Sports

    Combat Sports Formerly What Works

    So far, it's been a Podiatrist Foot&Ankle specialist, our main doctor is a DO, and a physical therapist of sufficient credentials to diagnose issues.
  7. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Might want to go to an orthopedic doc. I have never had luck with, and therefore have little confidence in podiatrists for much of anything. This may be only me, but I have been to 5 and never had luck with anything they told me or did, and 4 of those were for foot issues. Even went to one once with ankle pain who told me..."you fractured your ankle so just don't walk on it" EXCUSE ME!!!! Had to go to an ortho to actually get put in a blowup cast and get a pair of crutches
  8. Grond

    Grond Valued Member

    Any chance it's the rear ankle just above the heel?

    I've gotten Achilles tendinitis before from walking and light jogging and jumping rope. It hurts like hell even through the naprosyn NSAID I took for it, but if you don't stay off the inflamed feet as much as possible it never seems to go away. And it shoots up the heel and ankle nerves every time you put weight on it.

    If that's the issue, ice water soaks might alleviate the pain and help it heal, especially after a long walk. It's hard to heal because you're always getting on your feet. You could try icyhot etc but they're messier and not as effective in my opinion. The ice baths gets the cold nice and deep.

    Also, it could be a problem with footewear. Some people wear the same shoes longer than they should and don't realize when they stop supporting and start causing discomfort.
  9. Combat Sports

    Combat Sports Formerly What Works

    So forgot to post the conclusion to this. The Foot/Ankle doctor finally gave him injections in both ankles and the problem vanished. Still strange to me.

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