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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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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Annoying tightness in ankle. No swelling/pain. Going on day 3. Went dancing 5 days ago. High arch and tendency to wear flat shoes. What is this?

Annoying tightness in ankle. No swelling/pain. Going on day 3. Went dancing 5 days ago. High arch and tendency to wear flat shoes. What is this?

Sprain: You likely sprained your ankle. Rest, apply ice use an Ace wrap make it snug but not tight, and if you notice any numbness, tingling or the toes are cold or turning blue unwrap and rewrap. Keep the extremity elevated at rest ...Read more

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Left neck vein hurts when slightly pressed, fatigue, right wrist hurts upon movement, knee and ankle pain in the morning, no swelling, esr: 35 1st hour?

Left neck vein hurts when slightly pressed, fatigue, right wrist hurts upon movement, knee and ankle pain in the morning, no swelling, esr: 35 1st hour?

Possible Arthritis: Since you know your ESR is elevated, you have seen someone. Your symptoms strongly suggest arthritis or other type of inflammatory process. This needs further evaluation by your primary care doctor or a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Stiff, tight, feeling in lower leg below calve on leftside. Only notice it when I walk or when I point my toes up. No swelling/pain. Ideas?

Stiff, tight, feeling in lower leg below calve on leftside. Only notice it when I walk or when I point my toes up. No swelling/pain. Ideas?

Tendonitis: Is an idea, so is neuritis, so is shin splints. Since, there are a few possibilities based on your description i'd recommend you see a doctor to evaluate in person so they could give you the best idea and solve your problem. You could try icing it, taking a antiinflammatory and wearing an arch support before seeing the doctor if you were looking to self treat. The possibility of a clot consider. ...Read more

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Tightness in back of calf muscle and knee on right leg. Sometimes left. On anti-inflamitories and birth control. Could it be a blood clot. No swelling?

Tightness in back of calf muscle and knee on right leg. Sometimes left. On anti-inflamitories and birth control. Could it be a blood clot. No swelling?

Less likely: Blood clots are usually associated with some degree of swelling due to blood pooling caused by the clotted vein.
Also, bilateral venous clotting is highly doubtful, so i'd look for another plausible explanation. ...Read more

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Sharp pain at middle front (pad) part of left foot when walking. Skin normal no swelling or color and can't trigger the pain with my hand.

Sharp pain at middle front (pad) part of left foot when walking. Skin normal no swelling or color and can't trigger the pain with my hand.

A neuroma: Is a possibility. It is possible you can't trigger the feeling with your hand because you may not be familiar with the correct location to cause the trigger.
If you pinch the foot from top to bottom between the 3rd and 4th "knuckles" (metatarsal heads) does it hurt then?
Alternatively, you can squeeze the entire forefoot and put pressure inthe same location. A neuroma would be my first guess. ...Read more

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I twisted my ankle running I have a little pain when I walk but no pain to the touch and there is no swelling?

I twisted my ankle running I have a little pain when I walk but no pain to the touch and there is no swelling?

Ankle sprain: A grade 1 sprain is defined as mild damage to a ligament or ligaments without instability of the affected joint. Rest, ice and NSAIDs. You may need an ankle brace for a short time. ...Read more

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1 cm, perfectly circular bruise on top of foot. Very small pinpoint at center. No swelling, redness, raising, etc. What was I bit by? Cause for worry?

1 cm, perfectly circular bruise on top of foot. Very small pinpoint at center. No swelling, redness, raising, etc. What was I bit by? Cause for worry?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, among the more common and sometimes concerning can be a spider bite, particularly a brown recluse spider. You should seek attention if the area becomes dark appearing or shows any sign of infection such as redness or swelling; or if the size of the area is increasing. ...Read more

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I have neuropathy in my toes. What are likely causes? NO swelling or redness either foot. Its the first 3 toes in each foot (large to small).HAIC norm

I have neuropathy in my toes. What are likely causes? NO swelling or redness either foot. Its the first 3 toes in each foot (large to small).HAIC norm

Many possibilities: Depending on what you describe as a neuropathy, it could be a number of different things. See you doctor to determine whether this can be assessed with a thorough history and physical examination, and whether there is a need for further either electrodiagnostic or radiographic testing. ...Read more

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Calf is achey. History of sciatica. The arch of foot seems to be collapsing with weigh. A little tender to touch. No swelling, heat, or redness. Cause?

Calf is achey. History of sciatica. The arch of foot seems to be collapsing with weigh. A little tender to touch. No swelling, heat, or redness. Cause?

Its All Related: Back is related to how the arch fell in your foot resulting in knee joints changing position that results in hip issues then translating to stress in your spine resulting in pieced nerves causing your sciatica. That's said, likely improving your arch with support/orthotic will help reduce the back pain. Remember this will not happen overnight but will take time and your feet will hurt initially. ...Read more

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Swelling ankles tightness in throat coughing milky white sputum. No pain anywhere?

Swelling ankles tightness in throat coughing milky white sputum. No pain anywhere?

Sounds serios: Could be heart failure or bad pneumonia ; rec to go see a doctor right away and at least get an xray of your chest done. ...Read more

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Can sjogren's syndrome cause tightness in joints with no swelling and only mild moving joint pain? I have full range of joints but just feel tight.

Can sjogren's syndrome cause tightness in joints with no swelling and only mild moving joint pain? I have full range of joints but just feel tight.

Normal: Sjogrens causes abnormal secretions from lacrimal and salivary glands causing dry eyes, and dry mouth. Know of no effect on joint lubrication, pain, motion, or stability. ...Read more

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14 mos post-op ORIF trimalleolar fx am having swelling and tightness on top of ankle where foot bends. Have little pain. Have been recommended to have steroid injections under US guidance. Helpful?

14 mos post-op ORIF trimalleolar fx am having swelling and tightness on top of ankle where foot bends. Have little pain. Have been recommended to have steroid injections under US guidance. Helpful?

Choose carefully!: In my experience a good reason for injecting steroids into a joint or tendon region would be the presence of inflammation such as redness and warmth and swelling PARTICULARLY if there is pain that interferes with functioning. If you are having little to no pain when walking on your foot then what exactly is the purpose of reducing swelling if no major issues with weight bearing? Choose wisely! ...Read more

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How trustworthy is an venous ultrasound if I have polycythemia and a negative d-dimer? Swelling below knee (closer to ankle), little hair, tightness.

How trustworthy is an venous ultrasound if I have polycythemia and a negative d-dimer? Swelling below knee (closer to ankle), little hair, tightness.

Trustworthy: A normal ultrasound and negative d-dimer are very trustworthy in ruling out a blood clot as the source of your swelling. It is time to look for other causes of the swelling like venous insufficiency, kidney disease, heart disease, or medication reactions. ...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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I have pain on the back of my ankle when its moved what could it be? There's little to no swelling

Extra Bone: If without past or present injury, one explanation will be "an extra bone, " of which there are a number in the foot and ankle. Have a doctor take lateral foot views to know, have them taken of both feet. With injury there are rather large tendons right behind your ankle. If we are talking "pins/needles shooting electrical pain" (on the inside of the ankle), consider tarsal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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One ankle is 1/4 inch bigger than the other. No swelling just a little fatter. Is this normal? Or do I have something wrong?

One ankle is 1/4 inch bigger than the other. No swelling just a little fatter. Is this normal? Or do I have something wrong?

Right: You are within the limits of normal variance. More than likely this difference has been there for some time. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain at the back of the ankle? The pain comes and goes. When I have to pain, it hurts so bad I can't walk on it. There's no swelling

What causes sharp pain at the back of the ankle? The pain comes and goes. When I have to pain, it hurts so bad I can't walk on it. There's no swelling

Achilles tendinitis: This could be achilles tendinitis (an inflammation of the tendon in the back of the ankle that promotes ankle plantar flexion (pushing down against the ground to push off to walk). If inflamed it will hurt with walking and running. Relative rest and the use of tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and Motrin for decreasing the inflammation. Physical therapy will also aid in pain relief and healing of the tendinitis. ...Read more

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I got a sudden stabbing pain on the front of my left ankle. No swelling, no injury. It hurts to put weight on it or bend it. Possible causes?

I got a sudden stabbing pain on the front of my left ankle. No swelling, no injury. It hurts to put weight on it or bend it. Possible causes?

Stabbing pain: Could be nerve related, pain on weight bearing could indicate a soft tissue injury, even a spontaneous rupture of a tendon....A clinical exam by a foot ankle doc would be recommended. ...Read more

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I've always been able to crack my wrists and ankles but since having my son, I feel like all my joints are cranky. No pain or swelling. What is this?

I've always been able to crack my wrists and ankles but since having my son, I feel like all my joints are cranky. No pain or swelling. What is this?

How old is your son?: Females normally have increased joint laxity, do to hormones. If you have recently deleivered your son----you have an increased amount of thes hormone.

If you were very agile when you were younger--ie cheer leading/gymnastic you normally have increased joint laxity----as you age you typically have more joint symptoms--- ...Read more

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What causes moderate achy pain in whole foot, ankle and shin? No swelling. No known injury. 29-f healthy.

What causes moderate achy pain in whole foot, ankle and shin? No swelling. No known injury. 29-f healthy.

Overuse: Overuse.
If you spent more time than usual on your feet you may have created an overuse syndrome. ...Read more

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I had subcuondral edma contusion and now I have no pain, no swelling, but sometimes I feel heat and redness in my ankle? What to do?

I had subcuondral edma contusion and now I have no pain, no swelling, but sometimes I feel heat and redness in my ankle? What to do?

Bone Healing: It takes a fracture to heal in 6 to 12 weeks, with bone marrow edema or subchondral edema it might take up to 6 months for all the symptoms to be resolved. ...Read more

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I have pain on both sides of my left ankle. Pain shoots up the leg into the calf. Little to no swelling. Pain when on and off it., tryed ice.

I have pain on both sides of my left ankle. Pain shoots up the leg into the calf. Little to no swelling. Pain when on and off it., tryed ice.

Hard to say: I am not sure what type of work you do or type of shoes you wear. If you stand up for a long time, wearing high heeled shoes, this may be reason for suck pain. Please consider seeing a podiatrist or orthopod for evaluation. Also what type of pain? Is id dull pain, sharp shooting pain? ...Read more

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I rolled my ankle in lacrosse on wednesday. Now it is friday and it still hurts a little, no swelling. Can I play tomorrow from 9-12 for the 1st game?

I rolled my ankle in lacrosse on wednesday. Now it is friday and it still hurts a little, no swelling. Can I play tomorrow from 9-12 for the 1st game?

If you can walk: Chances are it is not broken. In other words it is most likely an ankle sprain. Certainly taping is ok but it loosens up after about 15 minutes of play. I would recommend and athletic lace up ankle brace that you can tighten up as you play. If it is not getting better in a week or you can't run or bear weight see a doc and get an xray. ...Read more

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24yoathlete. Sharp knee pain with ankle eversion+push off during walking. No swelling. Ext=no pain Flex=end range pain. No traumatic event. Worsening?

24yoathlete. Sharp knee pain with ankle eversion+push off during walking. No swelling. Ext=no pain Flex=end range pain. No traumatic event. Worsening?

Tendinitis of FDL/TA: Where I ur knee is the pain? If it is towards the bk, it sounds like u cd have strained the Flexor Digitorum Longus (FDL) tendon which runs from behind the knee to the medial (inner) part of the mid foot. If the pain is in the front, u cd have strained the tibialis anterior (TA) tendon instead, also known as "runner's knee" or "shin splints". Ice the area & rest; if not better in 2 wks, TTYD. GL. ...Read more

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My wrist hurts when I bend it forward or back as well as when I twist it like when I turn a door knob. No swelling of bruising but a small bump on top?

My wrist hurts when I bend it forward or back as well as when I twist it like when I turn a door knob. No swelling of bruising but a small bump on top?

Hard to Say!: It's difficult to say without an examination and possible x-ray. A likely possibility is a Ganglionic Cyst from a remote injury. Hope you get well soon. ...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