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Ankle Problems

by in Symptom Checker A-Z January 13, 2014

**The following is a general guideline from the American Medical Association. The flowchart below allows you to easily track your symptoms and come to a possible diagnosis. Be sure to consult with you doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

I did not produce this chart myself, so any treatment options on this page are completely conventional.

 

Yes

SYMPTOMS DIAGNOSIS SELF-CARE
Begin Here
1. Did you begin to have pain or swelling after a fall or a twisting injury or after the ankle was hit? No Go to Question 4.*
Yes
2. Is there significant swelling and is the pain so intense you’re unable to walk on the ankle? Yes You may have a FRACTURE or a severe SPRAIN. Don’t walk on the injured foot. Raise the leg and place ice on the swollen area. See your doctor promptly.
No
3. Is there swelling and a bruise, but you’re still able to walk on the ankle? Yes You may have a SPRAINED ANKLE, or a FRACTURE of the FIBULA. Use ice, elevation, rest and an elastic bandage to keep the swelling under control. See your doctor if the swelling and pain continue.
No
*4. Do you have swelling, stiffness (especially in the morning) or pain that comes and goes in both ankles ? Yes You may have RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. See your doctor. He or she can prescribe medicine to help control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
No
5. Do you have a fever, or is more than one joint swollen and red? Yes Fever along with a painful, swollen joint could be caused by an INFECTED JOINT. More than one affected joint could mean RHEUMATIC FEVER. URGENT
SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.
No
6. Did the pain come on suddenly, or does clothing or bedding that rubs against the joint cause pain? You may have GOUT (inflammation caused by high uric acid level in the blood). See your doctor. During a gout attack, you should rest in bed. You can put a hot pad or an ice pack on your ankle to ease the pain.
No
7. Do you usually feel pain before or during a change in the weather, or are you experiencing swelling, stiffness and pain that gets worse during or after use of your ankle? Yes These symptoms could be caused by OSTEOARTHRITIS, also called DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE, or by previous trauma to the ankle. See your doctor. Use heat and an anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve discomfort.
No
For more information, please talk to your doctor. If you think your problem is serious, call right away.

 

Source: American Medical Association (2008-04-21). American Medical Association Family Medical Guide (AMA Family Medical Guide) (Kindle Locations 6690-6691). Turner Publishing Co.. Kindle Edition.

 

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