Q: Does this sound like RA, painful swollen ankle with redness, very painful to try to walk and put weight on it.
For the last few years my right ankle will flare up every so often with pain and hurting to walk causing me to limp. It usually goes away and has not caused too much discomfort. Two days ago it came back very strong. when I have been sitting or laying down and get up I can barely stand the pain when I put weight on my right foot. The ankle is red and swollen and the pain is pretty bad when I try to walk. It is making me favor the left side which is now causing the back to hurt some because of the funny way i am walking trying to lean or hold against the wall as I walk. If I put direct pressure of my weight the pain is very strong. As I am up for awhile the pain does not go away but it becomes less severe. But when I sit back down and then get up it is bad again. This ankle pretty much stays swollen however all the time to a degree. It really interfered today at work and does not seem to be any better tonight. I have done nothing to injure it however about 35 years ago I sprained this same ankle and I am now almost 65 can this be connected? I actually felt I needed a wheel chair today. Even when sitting if I move that foot there is pain. There is no other swelling from what I can tell such as the toe and I don't think it is gout. Could this be RA? Usually when it acts up it only lasts a short time sometimes just a few minutes and there never seems to be a reason. But this time does not seem to be going away.
We are not physicians here, but we do have experience with RA and other AI conditions. Actually, this does not sound like RA. It sounds more like OA and/or some tendon or ligament issues to boot. You need to see an orthopedic doctor for xrays and possibly an MRI. Your ortho could also do blood tests. If you don't have an orthopedic doc, you could start out with your PCP. Regardless of which doc you see, you need to see a doctor. Pain that interferes w/your ability to live a "normal" life is a warning sign. Please make an appointment to see what is going on with your ankle, and let us know how you are doing.
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