My Ankle Hurts Whenever I Wake Up

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    Dec 30, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    As the title says, whenever I wake up my left ankle hurts. When I go to sleep it feels fine, after a few minutes of walking it off it feels fine until the next morning. It's only the left ankle and I haven't had any sort of ankle related injury before, the most I get is maybe very minor pain after running. Any thoughts on this? It's not so much as a major pain, rather something I'm curious if I should be more concerned about.
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    Could it be caused by something occupational (i.e. some ostensibly harmless regular activity that could be stressing your ankle)? For example, if it was your right ankle and you did a lot of driving, that would be a possible cause.
  • JackDoyle

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    Dec 31, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    Don't wake up then
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    You didn't mention the kind of ache. Perhaps it's a stiffness, that goes away with using it. Perhaps you hit your ankle against a post when you sleep?

    I'm reminded of a story of the lady who constantly complains to her doctor that her eye hurts whenever she drinks tea. Lots of tests are done and nothing is found. The doctor finally asks her to demonstrate. She shows how she mixes the tea in the cup and drinks the tea. The doctor says: "Next time remove the teaspoon before you drink from the cup."
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    I have been having this too, only it happens on my right ankle instead. I twisted my foot badly when I was in Bangkok back this January - my anterior tibiofabular ligament still hasn't healed properly and hurts right after I start walking around when I get out of my bed in the morning.

    The twisting wasn't so serious as I had expected - there wasn't any bruising or swelling, it just hurts badly. A podiatrist I visited a month after that incident recommended me to do regular ankle circles right before I do leg day or any running cardio and right after I wake up in the morning. This kinda ligament takes ages to heal properly due to the constant pressure of walking around and the way the fibula (outer lower leg bone) and talus (upper foot bone) joins together at that point.
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    OneSongGlory saidAs the title says, whenever I wake up my left ankle hurts. When I go to sleep it feels fine, after a few minutes of walking it off it feels fine until the next morning. It's only the left ankle and I haven't had any sort of ankle related injury before, the most I get is maybe very minor pain after running. Any thoughts on this? It's not so much as a major pain, rather something I'm curious if I should be more concerned about.


    perhaps you can read this man:

    Injuries of peripheral nerves of the leg, foot and ankle: an often unrecognized consequence of ankle sprains

    ....review of peripheral nerve injuries as a consequence of ankle sprains in the latest issue of The Foot. The peripheral nerves of the lower limb may be damaged through compartment syndrome, bruising around the nerve, or nerve traction as a consequence of the ankle sprain trauma. The resulting symptoms include decreased proprioceptive ability, weakness of the pre-tibial nerves, sensory deficits and Tinel's sign (pain on gentle tapping of the lateral malleolus). All of these can complicate the rehabilitation process.

    In the ankle the peripheral nerves which may be damaged are the Sural nerve, the Superficial Peroneal nerve, the Deep Peroneal nerve and the Tibial nerve. The Sural nerve provides cutaneous sensation and articular supply to the posterior, lateral, and anterior ankle joint. The Superficial Peroneal nerve provides sensory supply to the lateral and anterior aspects of the leg and dorsal foot and a motor supply to the Peroneal muscles. The Deep Peroneal nerve provides sensory and articular supply to the anterior aspect of the leg and foot, as well as a motor supply to Tibialis anterior muscle and the toe extensors. The Tibial nerve provides cutaneous and articular branches to the medial side of the ankle and foot, where it then divides into medial and lateral plantar branches in the talocalcaneal tunnel, and progresses into the foot to provide medial and lateral plantar sensation, respectively. The Tibial nerve provides a motor supply to the calf muscles and Tibialis Posterior and the Medial and Lateral Plantar nerves supply the intrinsic muscles of the foot. The author states that injury to any of these structures may be overlooked because of more obvious ligamentous injuries following an ankle sprain.

    feel better. And read about peripheral nervous system, postural stress on spinal vertebrae and nervous system we often think about muscles rather than the nerves that are key on the functioning of a specific body part

    check up your shoes, the surface contact of your feet during the day, a simple sports doctor examination can open your eyes to how this can develop in the future.

    check if there is a genetic predisposition to osteoarthritis and check your ratio of height/body weight

    Peace
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 31, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    I'm a medical type. If a joint is painful after a long period of rest, and then gets less painful with activity, it's arthritiis. That's not a death sentence. Just a bitch.
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    Or maybe you strained it. Hello. See a doctor?
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    Dec 31, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy said Or maybe you strained it. Hello. See a doctor?

    Yes, consult an orthopedic specialist. This could be quite simple & innocent, a mere twist that will correct itself.

    Or it could be like me - a skeletal birth defect I knew nothing about until my teens, that began giving me great pain, was worsened by military service, and forces me to walk with a cane today.

    OK, sorry, that was a bit of drama, but nonetheless true. Bottom line is you should get a medical consultation. The range of possibilities is great, and only medical specialists can advise you, not us here.
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    Dec 31, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI'm a medical type. If a joint is painful after a long period of rest, and then gets less painful with activity, it's arthritiis. That's not a death sentence. Just a bitch.


    I think I have some of that in my wrists, knees, and eye. I wake up with all of them hurting or dry (eye). I think it's rheumatoid arthritis. Mine only flares up when I have to see my parents.
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 31, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    I had something like that in my wrist. Ended up being nothing after a doctor visit, an X-ray, and an MRI. About $3,500 to the insurance company and about $500 in co-pays. I also developed a foot pain- only after getting out of bed or using it after having it up on a footstool. Plantar fashitis. Went to a massage guy- he diagnosed it and gave me some stretching exercises. You might try massage first. Cheaper and more pleasant.
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    Dec 31, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Where in your ankle; which part? Like take a picture of you pointing to it.

    Also, is the pain localized and tender, a general dull ache, a feeling of stiffness or some other type.

    Running pain related to your not-quite-fitting shoes? Could be something that a physical therapist specializing in sports therapy could easily diagnose and treat.
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    Dec 31, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    I kinda get something along the same lines. But mine came from.a very serious accident I was in. That I would get athritest earlier than I would have otherwise
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    Dec 31, 2012 10:43 AM GMT
    JackDoyle saidDon't wake up then



    Damn u beat me to it
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    Dec 31, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    Rheumatoid Arthritis or GOUT is what Id suspect..... go see a Dr, problem solved icon_smile.gif