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ankle sprain and L4/L5/S1

ankk09aankk09 Posts: 1
edited 11/07/2014 - 5:37 AM in Lower Back Pain
I twisted and sprained my ankle 6 months ago when I landed on somebody else's foot. My ankle was swollen for about a week and then I started feeling pain in my lower back. 2 months later got an MRI done and was diagnosed with disc bulge in L4-L5-S1. I have been doing physical therapy since then and my lower back does not hurt anymore (just a little bit occasionally). However, about a month ago I started feeling pain in my lower leg (in the region above the ankle) and numbness and tingling in the heel. My chiropractor said lower leg pain is not from the pinched nerve it could from the sprained ankle 6 months ago. I have not other pain in my thigh or anywhere else in the leg except the high ankle region. The pain increases with walking or standing. Pain is in the outer leg. Even when I touch that region I feel tingling in the heel.
Sometime only the leg hurts and sometimes just the back and sometimes both. I saw an ankle specialist Orthopedic and he took xrays but said nothing is wrong and recommended physical therapy. My insurance does not cover MRI.

My question is could this be from the ankle sprain i had 6 months ago (like a tissue or ligament tear) or it is from a pinched nerve in my lower back? Any help is really appreciated since I am in pain and usually could not walk more than a few meters or stand more than 15 minutes.

Moderator Comments- We can not offer an opinion on whether or not, your symptoms are related to your ankle injury. I would, however suggest that you see a spine surgeon rather than a chiropractor for a proper diagnosis. A chiropractor, as helpful as some people find them are not the best option when it comes to offering diagnostic information related to the spine.


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