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Pain in The Outside of The Ankle Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your pain in the outside of the ankle symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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4 Possible Pain In The Outside Of The Ankle Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in the outside of the ankle. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Ankle arthritis

Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joints. Because the feet and ankles have many small joints and carry the weight of the body, they are often the first place that arthritis appears.

Arthritis is caused by a breakdown in the protective cartilage at the end of each joint, so that the bones begin to wear against each other and the joint becomes stiff and painful. This breakdown may be due to simple wear and tear; an injury; or from rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition which causes the body to break down its own cartilage.

Symptoms include swelling, warmth, and redness in the joint, and pain with movement or with pressure on the joint.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and imaging such as x-rays, CT scan, or MRI.

There is no cure for arthritis, but treatment is important because the symptoms can be managed to prevent further damage, ease pain, and improve quality of life. Treatment involves physical therapy, pain-relieving medications, and sometimes surgery to help repair damaged joints.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: swollen ankle, swollen foot, joint stiffness, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness

Urgency: Self-treatment

Non-specific ankle pain

Ankle pain not caused by injury or surgery that is a variation of normal.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in one ankle

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific ankle pain: pain in one ankle

Symptoms that never occur with non-specific ankle pain: ankle pain from an injury, severe ankle pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

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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.

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

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.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In The Outside Of The Ankle

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • How would you explain your ankle pain?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Do you have multiple joints that are stiff?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Pain In The Outside Of The Ankle Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the ankle have also experienced:

  • 11% Swollen Ankle
  • 3% Bruised Ankle
  • 2% Pain In One Ankle

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the ankle were most often matched with:

  • 50% Ankle Sprain
  • 25% Ankle Arthritis
  • 25% Non-Specific Ankle Pain

People who have experienced pain in the outside of the ankle had symptoms persist for:

  • 33% Over a month
  • 26% Less than a week
  • 21% Less than a day

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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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.