For Acute Trauma, Severe Injury, and Disease... Always see your M.D.
For everything else, what can you do? In part 1, we covered how the persistent pain starts, and how most of us trouble shoot it until we have exhausted our basic knowledge. Which can often end with an unsatisfying experience with your typical M.D.
If you've read my previous posts, you'll know I'm not the "Appeal to Nature" type. Modern Medicine has done many amazing things, but right now it is rubbish for the most typical pains that we all live with: low back pain, neck stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, and of course foot and ankle pain. These conditions send millions of people to their family doctors, cost billions in healthcare annually and countless people just have to live with it. So what can be done for them?
What's My Alternative: Things that may be worth trying
You don't want to be defined by a cranky ankle. You've tried everything you knew to do, and your General Practitioner didn't help much. Now what? For most people: Internet Search. (I'm assuming you don't look for answers at Pubmed)
In part 3, I will discuss massage and my own approach. What should you expect if you see me for your persistent ankle (or any other) pain?