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Swelling in the left ankle joint - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   About 4 years ago i injured my left ankle in a snowmobiling race and went in to get it checked out. The doctor said it wasn't broken but wanted to take x-rays but we didn't have the money so we didn't get them taken. My left ankle took about a year and a half before i was able to walk and run without any pain at all. My left ankle now on has no pain but after the 4 years the left side of the left ankles joint is swollen but with no pain where as my right ankle is not as big as my left. Also when i sit on a chair with both knees spread out with no bend and my heels of my feet touching the ground and i try to bend my ankle to touch touch my toes to the ground only my right ankle can touch the ground my left ankle can only bend 3 inches form the ground not because of pain though. and my left hamstring is significantly smaller than the right one. If you could give me any information on what could be wrong that would be great.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   give me time to read
Doctor :   your age/sex?
User :   18 male
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   left hamstrings is small from beginning?
User :   no after the injury it gradually got smaller
User :   but is still strong
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is there any change in sensation ?
User :   u mean feeling
Doctor :   yes
User :   not much it still hurts if i was to hit it wrong
User :   but does feel more fragile than the right ankle
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   if it was fracture then u would been in a position to walk again normally
Doctor :   i think it might be because of ligament injury?muscle strain/nerve compression /nerve injury
User :   the biggest problem is that the left ankle feels like is not as flexible as the right
Doctor :   *wouldnt
Doctor :   but u need thorough
Doctor :   diagnostic tests
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