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What causes tightness at the ankles?

What causes tightness at the ankles?

Many things: There are a number of things that can cause tightness in the ankles. This is a very nonspecific symptom. I recommend that someone tightness in these areas should be seen by orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for a definitive diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be started. You can find one in your area at:
www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/foot ankle. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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What causes tightness in the wrists and ankles with little to no pain and no swelling?

What causes tightness in the wrists and ankles with little to no pain and no swelling?

Wrist & ankleS: If both sides are affected then it is caused by a generalized disorder like arthritis (either osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, reactive or other like lupus). If it last only few seconds or minutes. It even could be an equivalent for angina (heart disease). Coexisting carpal tunnel with tarsal tunnel syndrome would be rare. ...Read more

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Tightness in calve/ankle when running, what is the cause? How do I prevent? I sit down all day than run, could that be why?

Tightness in calve/ankle when running, what is the cause? How do I prevent? I sit down all day than run, could that be why?

Yes you have stiff: Ankles because you did not warm up and stretch enough prior to heavy exercise. Even at your age, warm up and stretching are vital to maximizing athletic performance. Please do not forget about hydration as well, as dehydration can also play an important role in stiff and crampy muscles. Once you are properly warmed up and stretched, and hydrated, work extra strengthening exercises on those ankl ...Read more

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Help plz! Can repeated ankle strains cause tight calves?

Help plz! Can repeated ankle strains cause tight calves?

THE OPPOSITE: If anything, the opposite MAY be true. A tight Achilles tendon MIGHT contribute to ankle sprains.

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Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Scar is your friend: In this case scar is your friend as it by this mechanism that healing of sprains occurs
it takes several months to fully recover/ try to avoid repeat injuries
general stretching helps/ backward walking helps/ hot and cold packs help and the both work go back and forth between the two also consider wrapping the ankle with plastic wrap at bedtime this helps to limber up stiff tissue
good luck in. ...Read more

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I run about 6-10km 5 times a week and recently my right ankle is sensitive on the outside. It isn't swollen and I can walk on it but it bothers me enough to know it's there. Could n tight calve muscle cause this? I have high arches as well. Thank you

I run about 6-10km 5 times a week and recently my right ankle is sensitive on the outside. It isn't swollen and I can walk on it but it bothers me enough to know it's there. Could n tight calve muscle cause this? I have high arches as well. Thank you

Repetitive trauma: It is good that you exercise. You may be overdoing it a bit. See if reducing your running helps. Once the ankle feels normal, you may gradually increase your activity, as tolerated.
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Sprained ankle 8 months ago. Xrays said just sprain. I rested/limped for months. Can resting too long cause bottom of foot pain/achilles pain, tightness?

Sprained ankle 8 months ago. Xrays said just sprain. I rested/limped for months. Can resting too long cause bottom of foot pain/achilles pain, tightness?

You may of: Overcompensated and now have both achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Stretching exercises are good for these problems. Wearing a night splint is also good for this. ...Read more

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My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

R/o DVT & P.E.: When your calf feels hard & sore due to swelling, u need to check if it also warm and/or purple or red. If yes, should be suspicious for DVT and need to go to the E.R. Or your doctor's office asap, so he/she can order the appropriate tests (u/s of the leg, d-dimer) and get you treated. Other causes to r/o are hematoma/ compartment syndrome, tumors (i.e. Baker's cyst), aneurysm or cellulitis. ...Read more

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Iron Level Fine Monday swelling legs plus feet including ankles skin feels very tight Tuesday my swelling is worse it hurts bruising easy Causes?

Iron Level Fine Monday swelling legs plus feet including ankles skin feels very tight Tuesday my swelling is worse it hurts bruising easy Causes?

May be meds, fluids,: This seems like some sort of fluid overload, possibly from renal or hepatic challenge. The bruising could be from low platelets or blood clotting factors. It might be from some overall condition, but more likely it's due to the meds you're taking. The dose might have to be altered or the meds may need to be changed as they have serious side effects. A visit to the Dr. For blood work is needed. ...Read more

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Can resting sprained ankle/no rehab and limping for months after the injury cause achilles tightness and bottom of foot pain (metatarsalgia, plantar f)?

Can resting sprained ankle/no rehab and limping for months after the injury cause achilles tightness and bottom of foot pain (metatarsalgia, plantar f)?

Compensation....: Limping for months, with or without pain, can cause a change in the mechanics of your normal walk. This is known as compensatory change or compensation. As the body compensates, you can expect that new problems such as muscle tightness and weight shifting will develop. Treating these new symptoms can be even more challenging than treating the original ones. A Healthtap specialist can help. ...Read more

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What causes constant leg tightness for over 2 years?

What causes constant leg tightness for over 2 years?

Could be many: The typical cause of tightness is edema or fluid in the interstitial space. Storage of muco-polysaccharide tissue under skin in hypothyroidism is also a reason for skin tightness. Some other causes including lymphatic obstruction and rate genetic disorders are also causes to be considered after excluding the commonest causes ...Read more

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Can extremely extremely tight leg aductors cause you to not hold your core in and not breathe correctly?

Can extremely extremely tight leg aductors cause you to not hold your core in and not breathe correctly?

Yes: Any "extremely tight" muscles will tend to pull the body out of normal alignment. In a 42 year old males who know the term "adductors" is probably exercising and muscle building. That makes me suspect that your training practices are inducing the problem. Plan to spend more time stretching before and after exercise. 10-20 min. Also strengthen the opposing abductors. This should be fixable. ...Read more

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Cause of rightt leg below calf numbness, tightness?

Cause of rightt leg below calf numbness, tightness?

Below the knee: Go to a professional who can do a proper exam to exclude problems with you circulation. More likely it is due to a nerve damage problem. It could be anywhere from where the nerve starts in the spinal cord to the more distant (peripheral0 part of the nerve. ...Read more

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Can extremely tight leg adductors cause pelvic instability?

Possibly: Tight adductor & other hip muscle imbalances can cause back and hamstring troubles. Tight adductors could inhibit the gluteus medius. The gluteus muscle does help to support the body when you are standing on 1 leg. Thus, it would be food to see a Physical therapist & to consider incorporating a program of Core Pilates, after a thorough evaluation from a Sports Medicine MD as there are also other causes ...Read more

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What would cause the anterior tibialis to get very tight with minimal exercise (10-15 reps of sitting heel lifts) and remain tight? Other leg fine.

What would cause the anterior tibialis to get very tight with minimal exercise (10-15 reps of sitting heel lifts) and remain tight? Other leg fine.

Sounds strained...: At times it can be strained by wearing shoes without a back as that tendon will work harder to pull the bottom of your heel to the shoe during gait. Your sit-up position may have further aggravated it ...Read more

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I wore a compression sleeve real tight one day at work on my leg due to a calf tear. Couldve I damaged a nerve? Cause im feeling occasional stinging.

I wore a compression sleeve real tight one day at work on my leg due to a calf tear. Couldve I damaged a nerve? Cause im feeling occasional stinging.

Temporary: Compressive sleeves can cause compression of nerve (s) in the leg which may result in " tingling" (parasthesias). This will usually improve w/ time. If it doesn't then see your physician. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can tight lower back muscles in and of itself cause foot pain?

Can tight lower back muscles in and of itself cause foot pain?

Indirectly: It may be the opposite, that foot pain may cause back strain. But if you have tight lower back muscles, it can indirectly lead to foot pain by compensation during walking. ...Read more

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Most of the time I have a pain in the upper part, where leg joins groin, of my hamstring. It feels like a tight, pulling, deep ache. Cause?

Most of the time I have a pain in the upper part, where leg joins groin, of my hamstring. It feels like a tight, pulling, deep ache. Cause?

You may be right: Your hamstring could be tight and trying to strain. Stop exercise and rest it for a few days with only gentle stretching. Applied heat may help losen it up a bit.Advil (ibuprofen) could help any pain or inflamation. After this, gently resume activity, listen to your body, and if recurs, go in to your Doc to check this out. ...Read more

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Why would a boot length and crew length sock feel tight (er) on my right leg than my left? Switching socks from L to R and R to L causes same thing.

Why would a boot length and crew length sock feel tight (er) on my right leg than my left? Switching socks from L to R and R to L causes same thing.

Your right leg: May have a different girth than your left, for example it may be slightly swollen compared to the opposite side. ...Read more

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Can tight muscles in lower back or butt cause pain down leg or groin? Can it affect nerves?

Can tight muscles in lower back or butt cause pain down leg or groin? Can it affect nerves?

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Mri reads:6mm intradural extramedullary lesion on the dorsal aspect of the conus at t1 level. Is this the cause of l leg tightness/severe spasms?

Mri reads:6mm intradural extramedullary lesion on the dorsal aspect of the conus at t1 level. Is this the cause of l leg tightness/severe spasms?

possibly: This is an abnormality that can cause compression of your spinal cord or nerves. This can cause muscle spasms and tightness. Ths should be evaluated by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a tight plantar fasciitis cause a high arched foot?

Is it possible that a tight plantar fasciitis cause a high arched foot?

Plantar fascia: A tight plantar fascia will not cause you to have a high arched foot. This is a boney configuration. ...Read more