Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause

Tender Ankle Overview

Another name for Tender Ankle is Ankle Tenderness.

What is ankle tenderness?
A person with ankle tenderness has pain when pressure is applied to the skin over the ankle. Ankle tenderness is usually caused by infection, inflammation, or an ankle injury. Causes of ankle tenderness include cellulitis, septic arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, ankle tendinitis, peripheral vascular disease, osteoarthritis, gout, and ankle injury.

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

How does the doctor treat ankle tenderness?
Treatment for ankle tenderness depends on underlying cause. Treatment for ankle tenderness 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.

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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