Ankle Pain
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Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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About the Symptom

Ankle pain can be on either or both sides, front or back. The pain may be pressing, sharp or dull in nature.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Back pain

  • Recent weight loss

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Edema

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

Possible causes

Generally, Ankle pain can be related to:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    A chronic inflammatory disease where the body's immune system attacks multiple joints, most commonly in the hands and feet. The cause and trigger is unknown.

  • Hallux valgus

    Hallux valgus, or a bunion, is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe when the big toe pushes against the next toe. Tight shoes, foot stress, and arthritis are common causes. It can lead to deformity.

  • Adult Still's disease

    A rare systemic inflammatory disease characterized by high fevers, a pink rash, sore throat and body aches that persist for weeks. The exact cause is unknown but is thought to be triggered by an infection. Some patients will have only one episode of it, while others may have several recurrent episodes.

  • osteoporosis
  • Gout / pseudogout
  • Lumbar spondylosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Common cold (upper respiratory tract infection)
  • Lumbar vertebrae disk herniation

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are your ankles hurting?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you feel you fatigued?

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References

  • Lau BC, Moore LK, Thuillier DU. Evaluation and Management of Lateral Ankle Pain Following Injury. JBJS Rev. 2018 Aug;6(8):e7. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.17.00143. PMID: 30153244.

    https://journals.lww.com/jbjsreviews/Abstract/2018/08000/Evaluation_and_Management_of_Lateral_Ankle_Pain.8.aspx

  • Ankle pain

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/foot-pain/ankle-pain/

Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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