Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Red Ankle Overview

Another name for Red Ankle is Ankle Redness.

What is ankle redness?
A person with ankle redness has skin over the ankle that has become red. Ankle redness is usually caused by infection or inflammation, but it can also be caused by an injury to the ankle. Causes of ankle redness include cellulitis, septic arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, ankle tendinitis, peripheral vascular disease, osteoarthritis, gout, and ankle injury.

What are the symptoms of ankle redness?
Symptoms that may occur with ankle redness include ankle pain, ankle swelling, ankle stiffness, and ankle tenderness.

How does the doctor treat ankle redness?
Treatment for ankle redness depends on underlying cause. Treatment for ankle redness may include rest, elevation, cold or warm compresses, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication, and antibiotics. Additional treatment may also include a splint, a cast, crutches, or surgery.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Red Ankle References
  1. Mizel MS, Hecht PJ, Marymont JV, Temple HT. Evaluation and treatment of chronic ankle pain. Instr Course Lect. 2004;53:311-21. [15116624]
  2. Salk RS, Chang TJ, D'Costa WF, Soomekh DJ, Grogan KA. Sodium hyaluronate in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the ankle: a controlled, randomized, double-blind pilot study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Feb;88(2):295-302. [16452740]
  3. Sontheimer DL. Peripheral vascular disease: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2006 Jun 1;73(11):1971-6. [16770929]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.