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    What causes severe bilateral ankle pain at night?

    I have received chemotherapy and radiotherapy in 2014 for triple negative breast cancer. Could this new pain be related in any way?
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    Brian Lee


    I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004 and have worked in various healthcare settings, including primary care, private practice and community health services, … View Profile

    I don't think so, as these two are irrelvant to each other. I would suggest to see a GP or physio to investigate further

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    Dr Simon Zilko

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Simon Zilko - Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Simon Zilko is a locally and internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in all … View Profile

    Breast cancer (along with prostate and lung cancer) are the commonest malignancies to spread to bone. Whilst this is unlikely to be the cause of your bilateral ankle pain, given your history it should be excluded. This would involve xrays of both ankles/tibias at the very least (your GP can arrange this), and preferably an examination by a musculoskeletal oncological (tumour) or foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon.

    Xrays and a thorough history & examination of your ankles should also narrow down the list of possible causes. Best of luck.

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