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Sudden, stabbing pains in outside of ankle.

Horrible stabbing pains in my ankle:
Last night I woke several times to muscle spasms in right calf. This morning I had sharp, sudden stabbing pain in one spot just below & behind my right outside ankle bone. This has happened randomly throughout the day not related to movement, pressure, or temperature. No reddness. Only minimal swelling (less than a mild sprain). Not hurting back by achilles tendon area. Does not hurt when touched or rubbed or with pressure. Does not improve with massage or ice or motrin. I do drive for a living, so repetative motion can possibly be a factor, but I have had no symptoms of injury or strain & have not driven all weekend. This came on suddenly and pain comes & goes but is intense when it comes on. Feels like a stabbing pain like a small sharp broken bone tearing into my ankle flesh. Seconds later the pain is gone. Keeps happening roughly about 3-4 times per hour, randomly. Any ideas?
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replied April 14th, 2013
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Gedgal,

Unfortunately, without a thorough exam it is not really possible to tell exactly what is going on.


In the area you describe, there are the peroneal tendons, as they sweep down behind then under the lateral malleolus (outside ankle bone). These tendons can become pinched in the ankle joint at times.

You could have some synovitis inside the ankle joint, which is being pinched within the joint.

Sometimes, loose bodies or talar dome lesions can cause sharp pain inside of the ankle joint.


If the problem continues, you might want to see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation.

Good luck.
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replied June 26th, 2013
I have this too
I have this too - sharp pain, short duration, not necessarily when doing anything and not better with massage. Have you found out what yours is yet?
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replied March 31st, 2014
stabbing pain on inner ankle
I am having the same thing with my left inner ankle. Stabbing,
burning sharp pains -sometimes 10 times a day.
Ive been wearing a compression wrap that helps. I went to an orthopedic surgeon-he said he thinks it's shin splints-kind of hard for me to believe that. He recommended exercises, and powerstraps inserts ( sold on Amazon). I just went to the dr., so I haven't tried them yet. I still think it's a nerve problem, but I'm not an MD! Wish I really knew what's going on. Tired of it. Hope somebody figures it out.
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replied May 16th, 2017
mine is just like this but will last for at the least 1 hour but usually a lot longer
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replied April 5th, 2014
Stabbing pain in outside of right ankle
I have suddenly been woken during the night with infrequent stabbing/stinging pain in the outside of my right ankle. The frequency has increased, and is quite painful. Should I go to Emergency at our local hospital?
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replied April 28th, 2014
I think I found the answer!!
I found a video--Go to site; entitled: Mysterious Foot Pain
and Freeing Nerve Entrapment. A very simple exercise
shown by a chiropractor. After doing the wxercise twice, I haven't had any pain in 2 weeks! Amazing.So thankful I found this. Hope it helps all of you too.
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replied November 8th, 2016
Most of us seem to be describing what I am just experiencing. I looked up this guy and did the little exercise and got quick relief. It tried to come back a few times (though much weaker) and I would do the exercise NS IT would stop. Worth a try.
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replied October 27th, 2015
I've been getting the same sharp pains on the outside of both my ankles. Sometimes it's both sometimes it's only one. I get it frequently during and after running, but sometimes I get it when I'm doing nothing and when i stand up suddenly get the sharp pains. I can sometimes walk them off but they come back later. Any idea what this is?
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replied November 3rd, 2015
Every night I get into bed and this sharp stabbing pain starts on the outside of my left ankle. It feels as if someone is sticking a burning needle into it about 1/2 inch above the ankle bone itself. (This occasionally happens in the evening before bed time.) As soon as I get into bed it starts. The duration of the stab is about 15 seconds and happens every couple of minutes for an hour or more. I can't sleep until it stops. There is no swelling and no pain when I press hard on the spot.
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replied January 6th, 2016
severe ankle pain short duration
I am having this issue today. Severe pain on outside left ankle. Almost enough pain to cause you to fall and then it is gone. Has been going off and on for couple hours each of the last two days. I did research before and low potassium levels may cause some of this. The duration is usually few seconds to twenty seconds. I describe it to my wife as having a toothache in my ankle.
Randy
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replied October 2nd, 2016
Thank you, all of you. Warren
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replied January 15th, 2017
stabbing ankle pain
Me too! My pain is on the inside of the ankle, at the top of the inner ankle bone, but is exactly as others have described: very random episodes, with days to YEARS in-between. Very sharp, jabbing pain lasting just a second or 2, repeating initially about 2x/minute then at increasing intervals, gone within an hour to a day. Can happen day or night, whether I've been active or inactive. Haven't found anything except "tincture of time" that helps. Will try suggested video. Certainly seem like nerve pain.
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replied June 13th, 2017
I would definitely appreciate any results anyone comes back with, I am having the same issue, but on the inside of my right ankle. It's a sharp pain, but isn't constant typically in the morning after I have been at work for a couple hours. It's just in that one specific spot. Isn't caused by pressure or contact. Hurts whether I keep it lifted, stand on it, or sit. Massaging and Icing isn't helping. It always goes away after a while, but is right back the next day. It's been going on about a week and now looking back, started happening after I had a real bad muscle spasm/Charlie horse.
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replied September 11th, 2018
Ankle/Foot pain with burning sensation
Suggestions to those with these types of pains which may include stiffness and pain in the heel region. Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Tendinitis, and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but in the foot) can be associated with all these types of pains. I am speaking from experience. The longer you wait to get checked out the more likely you may develop bone spurs from 2 of these conditions. Basically tendons pulling on the bone so long the bone decides to follow the tendon. Schedule doctor visit, be very descriptive of the pain. Most likely there will be x-rays initially to check for structural damage. Then you will most likely be referred to a Pediatrist or Orthopedic Specialist. Don't do what I did and eat the pain so long that I only made things worse.
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replied January 23rd, 2019
Mysterious Sharp "electrifying'' like pain in my Right Ankl
I too am now suffering with whatever this described condition is, to me it feels like being electrocuted! The pain is so intense it brings me to my knees. It comes on out of nowhere, and lasts from several seconds to a few minutes. I have to grab my ankle area every time it happens, I just hope I'm not driving or with my foot on the car brake should it occur there. The x rays do not tell the story. I have increased my Gabapentin from once a day to three times a day and it seems to be subsiding some. Peripheral Neuropathy is the culprit, so they say. I don't know if that's the whole truth, but the increase in Gabapentin seems to be helping for sure. God bless you all....
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