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Your Ankle Pain From an Injury May Also be Known as:
Ankle sprain
Sprained ankle

Top 7 Ankle Pain From an Injury Causes

  1. 1.Ankle Sprain

    Ankle ligaments, which connect bones to one another, stabilize the ankle joint. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments caused by a twisting motion of the joint.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated and to assess the severity of the ankle sprain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, bruised ankle, recent ankle injury
    Symptoms that always occur with ankle sprain:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Ankle Fracture

    An ankle fracture is a break in 1 or more ankle bones.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. The ankle will likely be splinted but in severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant ankle pain, swollen ankle, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with ankle fracture:
    pain in one ankle, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Ankle Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the ankle are common, often due to minor injury.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation (putting your feet up helps blood drain and return to the heart).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle, constant ankle pain, ankle pain from an injury, recent ankle injury, swollen ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with ankle bruise:
    ankle pain from an injury, recent ankle injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment usually involves a protective split, walking brace, or cast.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, pain in one ankle, painful ankle swelling, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the ankle:
    warm red ankle swelling, constant ankle swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Fracture of the Talus

    A talus fracture is a break in one of the bones in the ankle called the "talus." This type of injury oftens occurs during a high-energy event, such as a car accident or fall.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. This type of fracture generally involves surgical treatment to repair the break.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen ankle, pain in one ankle, severe foot pain, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with fracture of the talus:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Severe Ankle Injury Needing Imaging

    An ankle fracture is a break in 1 or more ankle bones. Having neurovascular compromise means that the fracture was so severe that blood flow to the toes and nerves of the foot was interrupted.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance. These types of fractures need to be repaired at a hospital as soon as possible.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cold toe, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, constant ankle pain
    Symptoms that always occur with severe ankle injury needing imaging:
    bruised ankle, toe numbness, pain in one ankle, pain when pressing on the ankle bone, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  7. 7.Non - Specific Ankle Pain

    Ankle pain not caused by injury or surgery that is a variation of normal.

    Your ankle pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. You can take over the counter pain medication like Tylenol to treat the pain symptomatically.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific ankle pain:
    pain in one ankle
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific ankle pain:
    ankle pain from an injury, severe ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ankle Pain From an Injury

  • Q.Is your ankle pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your ankle pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your ankle pain been going on?
  • Q.Is the ankle pain affecting:

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Ankle Pain From an Injury Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced ankle pain from an injury have also experienced:

    • 13% Bruised Ankle
    • 8% Headache
    • 8% Tingling Foot
  • People who have experienced ankle pain from an injury had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced ankle pain from an injury were most often matched with:

    • 41% Ankle Sprain
    • 20% Ankle Bruise
    • 16% Ankle Fracture
  • 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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