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Top 7 Difficulty Moving the Ankle Causes

  1. 1.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    You should go to a retail clinic to have the foot sprain evaluated. Most often, minor sprains can be treated by resting the foot, elevating it while sitting or laying down, and applying an ice pack or heat. Over-the-counter pain medication can help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, limping, foot injury, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Sever Disease

    Sever's Disease is inflammation of the heel in children due to overuse (typically due to sports). It's caused by the long bones growing faster than the muscles/tendons, creating tension in the Achilles tendon.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. It typically goes away with rest from activity for a bit with a gradual increase back to the previous level. Ice, heal lifts, stretching, and physical therapy are all effective. NSAIDs (Ibuprofen) also works.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    heel pain, pain in both feet, spontaneous ankle pain, difficulty moving the ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with sever disease:
    heel pain
    Symptoms that never occur with sever disease:
    cut on the foot
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Synovial Chondromatosis

    Synovial chondromatosis is a disease affecting the synovium, which is a thin flexible membrane around a joint. It can often be confused with tendinitis and/or arthritis.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss the possibility of removing the synovium.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint swelling, pain in one knee, swollen knee, swollen ankle, spontaneous knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with synovial chondromatosis:
    joint swelling
    Symptoms that never occur with synovial chondromatosis:
    fever, night sweats, unintentional weight loss, warm red ankle swelling, warm red knee swelling, warm and red elbow swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Benign Bony Growth (Osteochondroma)

    An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous growth that usually develops during childhood or adolescence. It is a benign tumor that forms on the surface of a bone near the growth plate.

    You should visit your primary care physician for X-Ray evaluation. In most cases this condition is treated by careful observation over time to make sure the tumor does not grow. Surgery is considered if the osteochondroma causes pain, puts pressure on a nearby nerve or blood vessel, or has a large cap of cartilage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    numbness in one arm, numbness in one thigh, swelling of one arm, hip deformity, swollen knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Freiberg Disease

    Freiberg Disease is a rare condition caused by the death of a bone in the foot. There is no real explanation as to why it happens, but it may be related to the divide between bone and cartilage in a growing bone.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can look at the foot and determine if imaging is needed to confirm diagnosis. Treatment starts with rest to see if that allows healing. A cast may be needed in severe cases, and Ibuprofen can help with pain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain when touching the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with freiberg disease:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain when touching the foot
    Symptoms that never occur with freiberg disease:
    difficulty moving the ankle
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Difficulty Moving the Ankle

  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.How severe is your finger pain?
  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?

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Difficulty Moving the Ankle Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the ankle have also experienced:

    • 50% Ankle Pain
    • 50% Pain in One Foot

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