Top
30
Doctor insights on: Ankle Stiffness

Share
Dr. Matthew Davis
54 Doctors shared insights

Ankle Stiffness (Overview)

Ankle stiffness can described as a reduced range of movement of the foot at the ankle joint. The limitation can be mild, limited or not having motion at all. The most likely cause include paralysis, muscle and/or tendon weakness, bony or soft tissue trauma, edema and arthritis.


1

1
What causes aching pains in my legs, shooting pains in my heel/ankle, stiffness that hurts in my shoulders and neck?

What causes aching pains in my legs, shooting pains in my heel/ankle, stiffness that hurts in my shoulders and neck?

Some arthritis: Certain inflammatory joint diseases can cause diffuse symptoms like you describe. You may want to check if you have ever had an arthritis profile/bloodwork completed. If not, talk to your primary care physician. ...Read more

Dr. Matthew Davis
54 Doctors shared insights

Ankle Stiffness (Overview)

Ankle stiffness can described as a reduced range of movement of the foot at the ankle joint. The limitation can be mild, limited or not having motion at all. The most likely cause include paralysis, muscle and/or tendon weakness, bony or soft tissue trauma, edema and arthritis.


2

2
What does it mean when the ankle stiffness diminishes when I run?

What does it mean when the ankle stiffness diminishes when I run?

A few thoughts...: Could be arthritis as some people have start-up stiffness that diminishes after they get going. Also if there is swelling that is a component this may decrease with activity and allow greater range of motion. Could also be tendinopathy/paratenonitis.
I would need more information to get you a definitive diagnosis and treatment. Go to www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/footankle to make an appointment. ...Read more

3

3
Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
Once
Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
Once
Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
Once
Keep your ankle elevated
Once
4

4
How can I deal with ankle stiffness?

How can I deal with ankle stiffness?

Gently get going: Stiffness of the ankle can be due to an underlying arthritis, or do to soft tissue/muscle stiffness.

Symptomatic relief with warm soaks or heating pads, gentle movement of the ankle joint to loosen it up can help. An oral antiinfiammatory can provide temporary relief.

If the ankle stiffness is consistent or worsens, seek care from your podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

5

5
How can I deal with ankle stiffness?

Gently get going: Stiffness of the ankle can be due to an underlying arthritis, or do to soft tissue/muscle stiffness.

Symptomatic relief with warm soaks or heating pads, gentle movement of the ankle joint to loosen it up can help. An oral antiinfiammatory can provide temporary relief.

If the ankle stiffness is consistent or worsens, seek care from your podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

6

6
Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Keep moving your body; avoid sitting or standing for long periods
Once
Don't wear tight garments
Once
Lose weight if needed
Once
Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
Once
7

7
Why do I have ankle stiffness in the morning?

Several reasons: If you have injured the ankle it could be a response to injury.
It could be from arthritis.
If it continues, you shoud see a doctor. ...Read more

8

8
I'm wondering how to deal with ankle stiffness?

I'm wondering how to deal with ankle stiffness?

Heat and exercises: Heat may provide temporary relief as well as range of motion exercises or physical therapy. See specilaist if this persists for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

9

9
Please help! I have ankle stiffness in the morning?

Stiffness: This can be classic morning gel associated with arthritis. To be sure, see your podiatrist for an exam and x rays. ...Read more

10

10
What can be done for ankle stiffness in the morning?

What can be done for ankle stiffness in the morning?

Stiffness: The right thing to do is see your podiatrist for an evaluation and x rays. I won't list a website - there are phone books for that. .... ...Read more

11

11
Ankle stiffness diminishes with ankle circles, right?

Ankle stiffness diminishes with ankle circles, right?

Not always: Depending on the cause of the ankle stiffness, motion might help to remove some of the stiffness. ...Read more

12

12
What is the definition or description of: Ankle stiffness?

What is the definition or description of: Ankle stiffness?

Range of motion.: Ankle stiffness can described as a reduced range of movement of the foot at the ankle joint. The limitation can be mild, limited or not having motion at all. The most likely cause include paralysis, muscle and/or tendon weakness, bony or soft tissue trauma, edema and arthritis. ...Read more

13

13
How to deal with ankle stiffness on airplane?

How to deal with ankle stiffness on airplane?

Motion: While sitting in your seat just move the ankle up and down to keep it in motion. ...Read more

14

14
Why is it that my ankle stiffness diminishes when I run?

Why is it that my ankle stiffness diminishes when I run?

Ankle: The range of motion is simply good for it. But, as stated an exam to be sure it isn't something else is on order. ...Read more

15

15
What does it mean when the ankle stiffness diminishes when I run?

A few thoughts...: Could be arthritis as some people have start-up stiffness that diminishes after they get going. Also if there is swelling that is a component this may decrease with activity and allow greater range of motion. Could also be tendinopathy/paratenonitis.
I would need more information to get you a definitive diagnosis and treatment. Go to www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/footankle to make an appointment. ...Read more

16

16
Is swelling in front of ankle & stiffness when dorsiflex normal? Sprain occurred 10 weeks ago. There's no pain but is def weaker then good side.

Is swelling in front of ankle & stiffness when dorsiflex normal? Sprain occurred 10 weeks ago. There's no pain but is def weaker then good side.

See a physician: Simple ankle sprains can sometimes result in long term problems. Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may have damaged the soft tissue around the ankle along with the bone. Once the joint cartilage is damaged, painful arthritis can develop down the line. I would recommend evaluation by either an orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist. ...Read more

17

17
If debridement and bone spur removal is done and ankle stiffness isn't resolved is ankle fusion next step? Is it to slow/stop arthritic progression?

Fusion last option: Fusion only if everything else has failed. Other options include steroid injection, cartilage "replacement" injection, arthroscopy (scope), athrodiastasis (a procedure including an external fixator to try to "expand" the ankle joint, physical therapy, ankle joint replacement surgery.
Definition of arthritis is inflammation of the joint. Fusion eliminates the joint so it no longer exists. ...Read more

20

20
What causes aching pains in my legs, shooting pains in my heel/ankle, stiffness that hurts in my shoulders and neck?

Some arthritis: Certain inflammatory joint diseases can cause diffuse symptoms like you describe. You may want to check if you have ever had an arthritis profile/bloodwork completed. If not, talk to your primary care physician. ...Read more

21

21
I am experiencing medial ankle swelling, ankle stiffness, big toe pain because of pressure, for 4days now, what should I do?

Possible tendonitis: Unless you have injured the ankle, which you did not indicate. It sounds like you flared up your posterior tibial tendon. You can take antiinflamatory and start doing some stretching, some support in you shoes should feel good also. If it does not get better you should have it looked at. ...Read more

22

22
My mother is experiencing ankle swelling, ankle stiffness and ankle pain. The back of her ankle is black and blue. And has a puss bubble.?

My mother is experiencing ankle swelling, ankle stiffness and ankle pain. The back of her ankle is black and blue. And has a puss bubble.?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining your mother and her symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. She may require drainage of the "puss bubble". If you do not have a doctor, take her to the emergency room of the nearest hospital to avoid the matter getting worse.
Wish you and your mother good health! ...Read more

23

23
Can ankle stiffness and shin pain as well as swelling be symptomatic of ankylosing splondylitis? My father was diagnosed a swell as older brother.

Can ankle stiffness and shin pain as well as swelling be symptomatic of ankylosing splondylitis? My father was diagnosed a swell as older brother.

No: These are not typical symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. The main symptoms are back stiffness and pain. Typically pain proves with activity and increases at rest. Other joint swelling, and a type of tendinitis called enthesopathy also occur and could cause the symptoms you describe but your description does not sound typical for this disease ...Read more

24

24
I am experiencing ankle swelling and ankle stiffness. The following also describes me: Difficulty moving joint. What should I do?

I am experiencing ankle swelling and ankle stiffness. The following also describes me: Difficulty moving joint. What should I do?

Physiological splint: Important to consider whether or not the onset was sudden, possibly after an injury, or slow increasing over time. Also is there an increased temperature or color change to the ankle area. The swelling is actually a physiological cast applied by your body when decreased mobility is called for. If there is no decrease in symptoms, it would be wise to have the ankle evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Lum Dr. Lum
1 doctor agreed:
27

27
How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

Dr. Craig Lum Dr. Lum
1 doctor agreed:

Ankle stiffness: Did you ask your doctor about the stiffness? If not, give him or her a call about it and bring up any other concerns you may have. ...Read more

28

28
Athlete think w/sesamoiditis (clean xray 1 mo ago).pain getting much worse w/PT. Noticing ankle stiffness and top of foot discomfort. Stress fracture?

Athlete think w/sesamoiditis (clean xray 1 mo ago).pain getting much worse w/PT. Noticing ankle stiffness and top of foot discomfort. Stress fracture?

It's possible: Stress fractures in the midfoot are common after an injury to the toe region since patients compensate more during that recovery... which can weaken the midfoot bones. Definitely get checked out and an xray to confirm any fractures! ...Read more

Dr. Walker Wynkoop
1,011 Doctors shared insights

Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more