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I dropped something heavy on my ankle. No breakage. But I'm having shooting pains up my leg. Can I use a topical pain reliever?

Thank you for contacting us. IPFH does not diagnose or provide treatment recommendations on line. Presumably you have had x-rays or other imaging that confirms there are no fractures to any of the bones in the area. If not, you should get that done. It is possible that you incurred soft tissue damage that is causing the pain, however, in order to determine the exact nature and cause of the pain, you should consult your primary care physician or a foot health professional. He or she can help determine the root of the pain, and make appropriate treatment recommendations. We hope you will do this, and that your pain will soon be under control.

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