How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Mark Your Own Question
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
Category: Neurology
Satisfied Customers: 11946
Experience:  Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery
Type Your Neurology Question Here...
Dr. Mark is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

i was wondering if long term issues with a ankle injury could

This answer was rated:

i was wondering if long term issues with a ankle injury could cause back pain, ie ruptured discs?



No, these are two separate anatomic areas, and it is not likely that one would be directly related to another.


Certainly, if the ankle injury caused you to trip and fall, and then injure your back - then yes, they could be related.


But in the general sense - an injury at the ankle would not be responsible for degenerative changes in the lumbar spine, and would not be a cause for "ruptured" discs.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

my left ankle was 1st injured in 1986 inthe militay, sinced then it has flared up on numerous occasions, in 2008 i reinjured it again and it was in bad shape for about 16 months straight. during this time i was not walking correctly, had a limp and had pain in rt knee and lower back.. shortly after i fell due to ankle being unstabe and had 3 ruptuerd discs in lower back.



Well, if you fell, perhaps that had something to do with the flareup of back pain.


But in general, the ankle injury would not be directly related to a back injury. Even if you were not walking correctly for a short period of time, this generally would not cause severe degenerative changes in the lower back.


Of course, it is hard to make general statements, because everyone is different, but I would say your back issues are independent of the ankle issues.

Dr. Mark and other Neurology Specialists are ready to help you

Related Neurology Questions