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

Top 6 Soft Lump in the Ankle Causes

  1. 1.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    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:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ankle bump, moderate ankle lump, mild ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    atypical features of an ankle bump, growing ankle bump, severe ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, mild ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    atypical features of an ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    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 out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ankle bump, moderate ankle lump, mild ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Melanoma

    Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal, or "ugly looking."

    You should visit your primary care physician. Surgery is the first treatment of all stages of melanoma. Other treatments include chemotherapy and radiation, biologic, and targeted therapies. Biologic therapy boosts your body's own ability to fight cancer. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    growing ankle bump, atypical features of an ankle bump, severe ankle lump, moderate ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with melanoma:
    atypical features of an ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Soft Lump in the Ankle

  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is there something on the surface of the bump?
  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is the bump?
  • Q.Has anyone in your family had cancer?

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Soft Lump in the Ankle Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced soft lump in the ankle have also experienced:

    • 100% Painful Ankle Lump
  • People who have experienced soft lump in the ankle had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 33% Lipoma
    • 33% Atypical Mole
    • 33% Skin Cyst
  • 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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