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Your Pain in Both Ankles May Also be Known as:
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Top 6 Pain in Both Ankles 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.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
  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.

    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

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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.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
  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.

    You should visit a doctor within the next 48 hours. Late phase syphilis is a difficult disease to manage, and requires intensive treatment of affected organs as well as antibiotics to treat the underlying infection.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Ankles

  • Q.Is your ankle pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your ankle pain been going on?
  • Q.Is your ankle pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Are your ankles also swollen?

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Pain in Both Ankles Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 8% Fatigue
    • 5% Back Pain
    • 3% Joint Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in both ankles had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in both ankles were most often matched with:

    • 13% Ankle Arthritis

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