Top of Foot pain when resting and foot is pointed

I rolled my ankle approximately 4 weeks ago. No bruising or swelling occurred, although it is still somewhat sore if I move it in certain ways. About a week ago, I started having shooting pains in the top of my foot in the 2nd-3rd metatarsal area when I’m sitting with my feet propped up and my ankle is relaxed and my foot pointed (as when you sit in a recliner.) The pain is spasmodic in nature and quite painful. I’m an active RN and on my feet frequently. Could the 2 incidents be related? I should mention I have severe RLS, but this has never been a symptom.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Without examining you it is hard for me to say exactly however it is possible they are related. Did you ever see a Doctor for the ankle sprain? Sometimes during an ankle sprain all the bones can be fine but you can put excess tension on the nerves which can lead to nerve inflammation.

    Irritated nerves can send signals such as electric, radiculopathy, Tinel’s sign type presentations. Many of these nerve irritations after an injury are limited in nature, meaning that in enough time (usually 4-8 weeks) they calm down and resolve.

    If you feel that it is increasing and you have not seen a Doctor I’d get an X-ray to rule out any stress fracture or traumatic fracture that may have been missed.

    Good luck!

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