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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in the Outside of the Ankle

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

  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.Non - Specific Ankle Pain

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

    1 week

    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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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.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

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

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

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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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • 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
  • 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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