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6 Potential Pain in Both Ankles Causes

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.

  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.

    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
  2. 2.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.

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

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, 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
  3. 3.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.

    Healing may require several months.

    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

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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.

    Recovery may take up to 3 months.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen ankle, severe foot pain, pain in one ankle, 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.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.

    Depending on the severity of the fracture, recovery may take up to a year.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    tingling foot, toe numbness, constant ankle pain, cold toe, pain in one ankle
    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
  6. 6.Tertiary Phase of Syphilis Infection

    Syphilis is a common sexually trasmitted infection (STI). Late phase, or tertiary, syphilis is uncommon, as it occurs years to decades after initial exposure to the infection. It is the most progressed and serious stage of the disease. Late phase syphilis infection can lead to loss of function of multiple organ systems, especially the nervous system, the heart and blood vessels, and the liver.

    Prognosis is variable and highly dependent on the individual. Late phase syphilis, unfortunately, often leads to the poorest outcomes due to damage of multiple organs.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, fatigue, irritability, numbness or tingling sensations in skin, dizziness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Ankles

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Does your ankle hurt more on:

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Pain in Both Ankles Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both ankles have also experienced:

    • 4% Fatigue
    • 4% Swollen Ankles
    • 3% Back Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in both ankles had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in both ankles were most often matched with:

    • 20% Ankle Arthritis
  • 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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