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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes pathology that may lead to ankle pain, including generalized, lateral, medial, anterior, and posterior ankle pain. Local causes of ankle pain are defined as pathology occurring between the distal one-third of the tibia and the ankle joint, inclusive of musculoskeletal and neurovascular structures that cross the ankle joint. Remote causes are defined as occurring outside this area.

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Special Concerns

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  • Ankle symptoms associated with fever

  • Decreased sensation

  • Diminished popliteal, dorsalis pedis, or tibial arterial pulses

  • Inability to bear weight

  • Pain that increases at night and/or with rest

  • Skin breakdown

  • Warmth and swelling

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Ankle Pain

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