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Its not broken and MRI shows nothing. Thoughts about the pic of my ankle.

on 8/9/13 4:10 pm - AZ
RNY on 05/30/13

So about 6 weeks ago I started having a lot of pain in my right ankle. I went to the Dr. because I thought I had sprained it. While I was in San Diego for my monthly follow up  appointment with my surgeon I had a blow out on the freeway and thought I had injured it somehow trying to change my tire. (Thank you again to the kind stranger who saved me and changed it for me). Anyway, I have had an X-ray and an MRI both show nothing that would make my ankle look like it does. It throbs all day to the point I broke down and asked my regular Dr. for something to help with the pain. I am in so much pain that I am not sleeping.

If you look at the picture you can see some darker red spots. They are hard and its like a ridge. I have a few of them and the longest one is about 2 inch and runs from my ankle bone around to the front. The Dr. thought maybe it was gout but all the test are negative for that. They tested me for RA but the result are negative for that as well.

Anyone have any idea what this could be? Have you ever seen something like this? I go to the orthopedic specialist on Monday morning but I am so miserable. I can't wait to get off work and go home and take something to make this pain go away.

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on 8/9/13 4:19 pm - NY
Is it warm to the touch where the red spots are?
My only thought is cellulitis.... which is a localized infection usually easy treated with some antibiotics.
I'm sure there are many things it could be. I hope you get some answers soon! It LOOKS painful!
on 8/9/13 4:32 pm - AZ
RNY on 05/30/13

Cellulitis was my first thought when it happened. I took a week of antibiotics and it did nothing.


on 8/9/13 4:36 pm

geez that does not look pleasant. I don't have an idea of what it could be but I really hope you find the answer soon

on 8/9/13 5:19 pm
RNY on 12/05/11 with
My husband just hurt his ankle as well. It looked a lot like the picture of yours. It happened over three weeks ago and he is still out of work for at least 3 more. The doctor told him it was soft tissue tears and really not much could be done. It needs time to heal. He has physical therapy once the swelling was down. Ice to bring swelling down, elevate, and time.
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on 8/9/13 5:27 pm - FL
RNY on 07/08/13

I  have had alot of pain in my left ankle for the last few months, but no redness like you have.   I saw an orthopedic Dr who ex-rayed and examined it and the diagnosis is Achilles Tendonitis.  I have had to massage it with a prescription ointment for the last month with little to no improvement.  I go back to the doctor this week for further evaluation, possibly he will prescribe physical therapy.  I really hope your trip to the orthopedic doctor will properly diagnose your problem.  Good Luck !


on 8/9/13 5:55 pm

Have you seen a podiatrist? They are specially trained in feet and ankles. I've had many problems throughout the years and they have been very helpful. Hope it's better soon.


on 8/9/13 6:45 pm - AZ
RNY on 05/30/13

Starting to think its a good thing I work for a physical therapist!! I am the office manager and sit at a desk all day so I keep it propped up as much as I can and keep it iced.  He has done the Kineso tape on it to help stabilize it. The X-ray and the MRI both showed nothing was wrong. However it obvious there is SOMETHING wrong. I hope to have some answers come Monday morning when I go to the orthopedic specialist. If he does not know what is going on then I will go to San Diego to another Dr. there. I live in a small town and I am going to see the best specialist in the town. Thank you for all the replies and I will let you know what I find out Monday morning.


on 8/9/13 7:43 pm - Renick, WV
RNY with

Could maybe a spider have bitten you? Thats what it reminds me of. Hope you find out whats going on.




on 8/10/13 5:30 am - AZ
RNY on 05/30/13

No bite of any kind that we can see. Dr. checked that too.


illinois Gama D.
on 8/9/13 8:05 pm

cellulitis comes to mind, as well as a spider bite? I have had cellulitis and  looked like that but any PCP can recognize that, wow, keep us posted on what you find out, it just looks so painfullllll, Denise

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on 8/9/13 8:55 pm - Australia
RNY on 07/10/13

Is it more swollen in comparison to your other leg? Has the redness been like this the whole time or has it gradually crept up the leg? Is it cooler in comparison to your other leg? Looks cellulitic but I suppose it could be vascular.


on 8/10/13 5:35 am - AZ
RNY on 05/30/13

Yes it is way more swollen. I have no swelling in my left leg. The dark red spots have been there  since this started but the whole area turning red like that was new. It actually is slightly warmer then the left.but not by much.


on 8/10/13 3:05 am
RNY on 05/13/13

Oh my goodness! I have no idea what might be causing it that you have not already checked...but that just LOOKS painful! Cannot imagine how it FEELS!



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on 8/10/13 6:52 am - NC

I get gout from time to time.  Does it seem to be frozen or difficulty to move in the joint.  It sounds like gout to me.  My ankle swells and gets red and hurts beyond words.  God bless you and I hope you get relief soon.

on 8/10/13 7:00 am - AZ
RNY on 05/30/13

Thank you. They have done 2 test for gout and both came back negative.


Carol M.
on 8/10/13 10:28 am - TX

A bad sprain can be much worse than a break sometimes and takes a long time to heal. The swelling is probably fluid.  But if it is red  and inflamed it could be turning to cellulitis...fluid accumulation in the tissue that the body has trouble reabsorbing quickly enough.  That usually calls for a round of antibiotics. Once you get that inflammation cleared up, I would think that a walking boot or just wrapping it would give you some extra support while it heals.  If your regular doctor isn't very helpful, find a podiatrist.

Hope you get some relief soon.

Carol , East Texas