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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Limping on the Outside of the Foot

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced limping on the outside of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  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.

    An uncomplicated ankle sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury, swollen ankle, bruised ankle, ankle twisting
    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.Broken Foot (Navicular Bone Fracture)

    The navicular is one of the bones of the foot.

    6 weeks of no weight bearing, and 6 more weeks until complete recovery.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, recent ankle injury, foot pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with broken foot (navicular bone fracture):
    pain in one foot, constant foot pain, recent ankle injury
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  3. 3.Stress Fracture of the Foot (Marching Fracture)

    A "March" stress fracture of the foot is named because it's sometimes linked to soldiers marching for a long time. This foot fracture happens because of prolonged stress or weight-bearing.

    6-12 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, foot pain from overuse, pain in one foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in the top of the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with stress fracture of the foot (marching fracture):
    foot pain from overuse, constant foot pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.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.

    Arthritis is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment. Newer, more effective treatment options have become available in recent years.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, swollen foot, joint stiffness, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Acute Ankle Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the ankle is a bacterial or fungal infection of the ankle bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, constant ankle pain, spontaneous ankle pain, warm red ankle swelling, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with acute ankle bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous ankle pain, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Limping on the Outside of the Foot

  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Q.Can you stand on both legs?
  • Q.Have you been experiencing dizziness?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?

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Limping on the Outside of the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced limping on the outside of the foot have also experienced:

    • 6% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 6% Toe Numbness
    • 5% Foot Pain
  • People who have experienced limping on the outside of the foot had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced limping on the outside of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 50% Broken Foot (Navicular Bone Fracture)
    • 30% Stress Fracture of the Foot (Marching Fracture)
    • 20% Ankle Sprain
  • 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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