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Your Ankle Stiffness May Also be Known as:
Ankle tightness
Ankles stiffness
Ankles tightness
Hard to bend ankle
Hard to bend ankles
Hard to bend leg
Hard to move ankle
Hard to move ankles
Hard to move leg

Top 4 Ankle Stiffness Causes

  1. 1.Ankle Arthritis

    Arthritis of the ankle is a degenerative joint disorder occurring in the ankle. It presents with joint pain and stiffness that is typically worse with activity.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with over-the-counter drugs like capsaicin, methylsalicylate cream or topical NSAIDs. you may want to see your primary care physician if the pain persists or worsens.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, joint stiffness, swollen foot, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Septic Arthritis

    Septic arthritis is an intensely painful joint infection.

    You should go to the ER immediately. Treatment entails draining the infected area and providing antibiotics to fight the infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, joint pain, knee pain, pain in one knee
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Osteochondritis Dissecans

    At joints where bones meet, bones are covered with a layer of cartilage which provides shock absorbance and lubrication. Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition where a piece of cartilage with a thin layer of bone detach from the larger bone, causing pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Conservative therapy is first considered, such as resting the joint, and physical therapy. Surgery is performed if the conservative treatment fails.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse during a run, knee stiffness, knee instability, spontaneous knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ankle Stiffness

  • Q.How severe is your ankle stiffness?
  • Q.How long has your ankle stiffness been going on?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Ankle Stiffness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced ankle stiffness have also experienced:

    • 5% Knee Stiffness
    • 4% Hip Joint Stiffness
    • 4% Foot Pain
  • People who have experienced ankle stiffness had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced ankle stiffness were most often matched with:

    • 25% Septic Arthritis
    • 11% Ankle Arthritis
    • 9% Rheumatoid Arthritis

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