After work this evening my ankle started to get sore. I thought maybe I had it in a weird position for a while at work or something, though I don't remember doing that. It got gradually worse over the past few hours, and I just really took a look at it and it's really swollen and feels warm to the touch. What can cause painful ankle/foot swelling besides injury? I've had swollen ankles after flights before, but I didn't have any pain any of those times.
I've been on Amoxicillin for 5 days for a sinus/ear infection. Could this be a side effect of the antibiotic?
I should also add that the swelling is in the same area as an old injury- about a year and a half ago I tore a ligament in my foot, near my ankle. I have a feeling I fractured it, but they said the x-ray didn't show any breaks. Anyway, could this be related to that?
Last edited by Krista2882; 05-30-2012 at 10:01 PM.
It could be related. You don't remember any recent injury to the ankle? No jarring it, twisting it, weird anything? I would get it checked out if it persists. Have a foot and ankle ortho surgeon look at it. In the mean time, ice, elevate, rest!
Nope, I don' remember twisting it or anything recently. I'll get it checked if it continues. It was still the same this morning when I woke up.
When I got out of bed this morning, I realized that it's the same pain that I get every morning when I first get out of bed. It's a soreness and stiffness in that same foot, but after walking around my room for a minute or two it is usually gone.
After doing more reading I wonder if I had an avulsion fracture at the time that I tore the ligament in my foot/ankle. The X-ray didn't show anything, they said, but I think there was a fracture. I had a really hard lump that felt like a lump on my bone where the ligament attaches for months afterward.
Anyway, that still doesn't explain the sudden soreness and swelling now... I broke a toe once and for a few years afterwards I would get a bit of soreness when the weather was weird, but it never swelled up and lasted this long.
Last edited by Krista2882; 05-31-2012 at 08:51 AM.
Yeah, I went to my doctor this morning and she said it's tendinitis, but she's puzzled because I don't remember twisting it weird or having it in an odd position for any length of time or anything. She wants me to do the RICE treatment and go back to see her in 2 weeks.
You don't have to twist it to have tendinitis. It's an overuse injury where the tendon becomes inflamed and could result from something as simple as altered gait-walking differently to favor where you previously injured your foot/ankle maybe? Where is the pain again? Where did she say you have tendinitis? Behind the outside ankle bone?