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Ankle Numbness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your ankle numbness symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 6 Possible Ankle Numbness Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

6 Possible Ankle Numbness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced ankle numbness. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by longstanding or poorly controlled diabetes mellitus (DM). Other risk factors for developing diabetic neuropathy include obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and abnormal lipid levels.

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Charcot arthropathy of the ankle

Charcot Arthropathy of the foot is a syndrome where patients with numbness of their feet, which can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions such as diabetes, develop weakening of the bones in the foot and ankle. Thus they may have fractures and dislocations of the bones and joints that occur with little trauma.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: joint pain, constant ankle swelling, pain in one ankle, swollen ankle, painful ankle swelling

Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the ankle: warm red ankle swelling, constant ankle swelling

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome refers to the symptoms that result from compression of the posterior tibial nerve. The posterior tibial nerve provides sensation to the bottom of the foot and controls some of the muscles involved in foot structure and movement.

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Stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack)

Transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is sometimes called a "mini stroke" or a "warning stroke." Any stroke means that blood flow somewhere in the brain has been blocked by a clot.

Risk factors include smoking, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, though anyone can experience a TIA.

Symptoms are "transient," meaning they come and go within minutes because the clot dissolves or moves on its own. Stroke symptoms include weakness, numbness, and paralysis on one side of the face and/or body; slurred speech; abnormal vision; and sudden, severe headache.

A TIA does not cause permanent damage because it is over quickly. However, the patient must get treatment because a TIA is a warning that a more damaging stroke is likely to occur. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through patient history; physical examination; CT scan or MRI; and electrocardiogram.

Treatment includes anticoagulant medication to prevent further clots. Surgery to clear some of the arteries may also be recommended.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dizziness, leg numbness, arm numbness, new headache, stiff neck

Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack): bilateral weakness

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Chronic idiopathic peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to the feeling of numbness, tingling, and pins-and-needles sensation in the feet. Idiopathic means the cause is not known, and chronic means the condition is ongoing without getting better or worse.

The condition is most often found in people over age 60. Idiopathic neuropathy has no known cause.

Symptoms include uncomfortable numbness and tingling in the feet; difficulty standing or walking due to pain and lack of normal sensitivity; and weakness and cramping in the muscles of the feet and ankles.

Peripheral neuropathy can greatly interfere with quality of life, so a medical provider should be seen in order to treat the symptoms and reduce the discomfort.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination; blood tests to rule out other conditions; and neurologic and muscle studies such as electromyography.

Treatment involves over-the-counter pain relievers; prescription pain relievers to manage more severe pain; physical therapy and safety measures to compensate for loss of sensation in the feet; and therapeutic footwear to help with balance and walking.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: distal numbness, muscle aches, joint stiffness, numbness on both sides of body, loss of muscle mass

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Cauda equina syndrome (rapid-onset)

Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ankle Numbness

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you been experiencing any muscle weakness that is symmetrical (equal on both sides of your body)?
  • Have you lost some or all of your sense of taste?
  • Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • Have someone look at your eyes as you move them left and right and up and down. Does this person notice you have any trouble moving your eyes in a certain direction?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Ankle Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced ankle numbness have also experienced:

  • 16% Knee Numbness
  • 11% Tingling Upper Leg
  • 9% Thigh Numbness

People who have experienced ankle numbness were most often matched with:

  • 33% Diabetic Neuropathy
  • 33% Charcot Arthropathy Of The Ankle
  • 33% Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

People who have experienced ankle numbness had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Less than a day
  • 25% Over a month
  • 20% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.