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Top 10 Pain in the Outside of the Ankle 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.Non - Specific Ankle Pain

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

    Your ankle pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. You can take over the counter pain medication like Tylenol to treat the pain symptomatically.

    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
  3. 3.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.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, spontaneous ankle pain, constant 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
  4. 4.Coronary Artery Disease

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. CAD happens when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, on their inner walls.

    You contact your primary care physician today who will coordinate your care with a heart specialist (cardiologist). Treatment for CAD can involve lifestyle changes (eating healthy foods, regular exercise, weight loss, and stress reduction), medications (aspirin, beta blockers, cholesterol medications, and others), as well as surgical procedures (such as a bypass) in more serious cases.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness
    Symptoms that always occur with coronary artery disease:
    chest pain
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.Femoral Stress Fracture

    A femoral stress fracture is a small crack in the thigh bone (femur). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Stress fractures of the thigh bone are much less common than those of the shin bone (tibia), but nonetheless do occur in high-risk groups such as athletes and military recruits.

    You need to get your injury checked by a physician, sometimes a MRI scan is needed to confirm the diagnosis. It may be helpful to consult with a physical therapist as well. The treatment for a stress fracture involves avoiding repeated stress on the leg, which means cutting down on high-intensity activity. Exercise that puts less repeated stress on the leg, such as cycling or swimming, is recommended.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dull, achy hip pain, pain in one thigh, thigh pain, spontaneous hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Fibular Nerve Injury

    Fibular nerve injury can be caused by a wide range of factors, including trauma, surgery, weight loss, and others.

    This is a very common nerve injury and often resolves quickly with rest and gentle stretching.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Mitral Valve Prolapse

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) occurs when the valve between the heart's left upper chamber (left atrium) and the left lower chamber (left ventricle) doesn't close properly because the flaps of the valve are "floppy." Most people who have the condition are born with it.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist may be needed to explore treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, rib pain, shortness of breath, racing heart beat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder)

    Adhesive Capsulitis or "Frozen shoulder" is when the shoulder is painful and loses motion because of inflammation.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose your shoulder pain with a physical exam (x-rays aren't necessary). Treatment is pain management (NSAIDs), physical therapy, and injected corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in the shoulder.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, stiff shoulder, dull, achy shoulder pain, shoulder pain that gets worse at night, difficulty moving the shoulder
    Symptoms that always occur with frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder):
    stiff shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis (inflammation and swelling of joints) called psoriatic arthritis.

    You should visit your primary care physician to manage this disease as there are many treatment options. A treatment plan will often consist of therapy (physical, occupational, massage), patient education, exercise and rest, devices to protect joints, medicine and/or surgery.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, upper back pain, joint stiffness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Outside of the Ankle

  • Q.Is your ankle pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your ankle pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your ankle pain been going on?
  • Q.Is the ankle pain affecting:

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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:

    • 8% Pain in One Calf
    • 4% Pain in Both Feet
    • 4% Pain in the Outside of the Foot
  • People who have experienced pain in the outside of the ankle had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in the outside of the ankle were most often matched with:

    • 14% Ankle Arthritis
    • 14% Non - Specific Ankle Pain
    • 7% Acute Ankle Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

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