Our expert says:
If I had to guess, I'd say it's a lower back issue, because of the numbness and the fact that your pain is on both sides, which suggests a nerve, and that can only come from the back.
So I would agree. I don't think shin splints, because your pain happens so quickly. And you don't feel shin splints in your ankles, you feel them on the bone, higher up.
When you had your back pain sorted out, did they also look at the possibility that your ankle pain was caused by the back? Remember, it doesn't necessarily mean that because your back is not sore that it is not causing your ankle pain. For example, does your back sometimes get a little stiff? Not sore, but stiff? That might indicate that the problem is still there.
This is very difficult, but all I can suggest is that you consult either a physio or chiropractor (probably in that order of preference) and have them examine whether perhaps you have an abnormal curve of the spine, or nerve impingement, and then look at treating that.
I hope that works for you.
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