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So went up to Timberline Bike Park to run some trails with lift access. Had a great day, no crashes, no falls, no slips - nothing.

Grabbed a beer with my buddy after. No soreness, no hint of pain, no tenderness - nothing.

Driving down back home, about 2 hours after finishing biking, my right ankle starts feeling a little tight. By the end of the drive, which is about 1.5 hours, my ankle is in a ton of pain. I call my pregnant wife, who is also a nurse, and tell her I'm coming home and to meet me outside. Sure enough, no weight bearing at all. Pain only in the ankle area and very unbearable. She helps me in, I lay down, elevate and put ice. It gets worse and worse.

We decide to go into Urgent Care. The doctor has no clue. X-ray shows nothing. Suggests we see a specialist. (Great - just what I needed with a baby on the way, more expenses)

Spend the night on the couch with a muscle relaxer and ice. Wake up the next morning and there is still some pain but surprisingly not bad. As the day goes it gets a little tighter and painful but I'm able to walk with light pressure on the right foot. Fast forward through the weekend to yesterday (3 days later). No real pain and able to walk normally.

My wife is stumped and I haven't the slightest idea. Now she just calls me an overreactor and big baby. :)

Anyone experience anything like this? The pain was truly unbearable and I have a fairly high threshold for pain given my long resume of active sports injuries. The delayed response is confusing and I have never felt anything like that with ankle sprains.
 

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My wife is stumped ...
Wait, who got severed?

Anyone experience anything like this? The pain was truly unbearable and I have a fairly high threshold for pain given my long resume of active sports injuries. The delayed response is confusing and I have never felt anything like that with ankle sprains.
Sometimes these things kinda hurt.

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If I had to guess, it might be a hairline fracture that is difficult to detect on an X-ray. Other option is soft tissue damage, but it is hard to explain why it would stop hurting so quickly.
I agree. The whole thing is confusing and strange.

I should have noted, it did swell up a little bit. Not crazy swelling by any means but it was just enough.

Not sure what to make of it.
 

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The fractures above hurt more than anything I have ever experienced, but a couple hours after it was immobilized and I was back home waiting for surgery, it basically stopped hurting, and the only thing I took was ibuprofen (an anti-inflamatory).

If it is a hairline crack, that might explain it (including the delayed reaction). Once the swelling goes, so might the pain.
 

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A problem that is inherent to riding a mountain bike is having the heels down below the pedal axle and stressing or impinging the tibialis anterior muscle tendon that runs from the shin bone diagonally across the ankle and attaching to the foot at the peak of the arch.

For road bike riders dropping the heel while riding is considered bad form and a wimpy rider. With a mountain bike one is taught to keep the heels down and so issues with the tibialis anterior become far more likely.
 
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