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Your Painful Ankle Lump May Also be Known as:
Painful bump in ankle
Painful lump in ankle
Painful mass in ankle

Top 7 Painful Ankle Lump Causes

  1. 1.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    severe ankle lump, painful ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, pink or red ankle bump, yellow or white ankle bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red ankle bump, painful ankle lump, severe ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    Though some cases of acne prompt patients to visit a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red ankle bump, mild ankle lump, painful ankle lump, moderate ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    Boils typically drain by themselves. You can help by putting a warm compress (be careful not to burn yourself). If things don't get better, go see a doctor who might drain it for you.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red ankle bump, mild ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, painful ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red ankle bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ankle bump, painful ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, mild ankle lump, ankle itch
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Benign Bony Growth (Osteochondroma)

    An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous growth that usually develops during childhood or adolescence. It is a benign tumor that forms on the surface of a bone near the growth plate.

    You should visit your primary care physician for X-Ray evaluation. In most cases this condition is treated by careful observation over time to make sure the tumor does not grow. Surgery is considered if the osteochondroma causes pain, puts pressure on a nearby nerve or blood vessel, or has a large cap of cartilage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    numbness in one arm, numbness in one thigh, swelling of one arm, hip deformity, swollen knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Cherry Angioma

    A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.

    You do not need to see a doctor for a cherry angioma. If you want to get rid of the spot, a doctor can prescribe propranolol, topical beta-blockers, and systemic corticosteroids on a case-by-case basis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Symptoms that always occur with cherry angioma:
    mild ankle lump, cherry red ankle bump, unchanged ankle bump
    Symptoms that never occur with cherry angioma:
    painful ankle lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Ankle Lump

  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is the bump?
  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is there something on the surface of the bump?

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Painful Ankle Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful ankle lump have also experienced:

    • 20% Red - Colored Skin Changes
    • 20% Painful Armpit Lump
    • 20% Painful Knee Lump
  • People who have experienced painful ankle lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced painful ankle lump were most often matched with:

    • 25% Skin Abscess

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