Achilles tendon stiffness means discomfort from the achilles tendon when walking or moving the ankle. It is often worse in the mornings as the tendon has tightened up overnight.
Bruising on the ankle occurs after a sudden onset or acute injury where bleeding has occured in the joint. It may take hours or even days for the bruising to emerge. Bruising often sinks downwards due to gravity and ankle bruising may be the result of an injury higher up.
Pain at the front of the ankle is known as anterior ankle pain. The most common cause is injury to the tibialis anterior tendon. Impingement can also cause pain at the front of the ankle.
Pain in the achilles tendon which comes on gradually over a period of days, weeks or months. The athlete is unlikely to be able to pinpoint exactly when they noticed the onset of pain.
Chronic ankle pain is pain which has is one where the patient may not be able to pinpoint the exact time the injury occured. It may develop from overuse or it may result from a previous acute ankle injury which has failed to heal properly.
Pain on the inside of the ankle is also known as medial ankle pain. It can be gradual onset through overuse where it is difficult to pinpoint an exact time of injury, or it can be sudden onset and may be accompanied with swelling or bruising.
A locking of the ankle means that it siezes in place, even if only for a short time. This is often due to a foriegn body inside the joint blocking the normal movement of the bones.
Pain on the outside of the ankle is known as lateral ankle pain. It may be an acute or sudden onset injury as in an ankle sprain or may develop gradually over time in the case of peroneal tendon injuries.
Pain at the back of the ankle is often due to injury to the achilles tendon, although pain deeper in the ankle can also occur with impingement.
Pain on the ankle when pressing in on a particular point or area, as opposed to a general ache in the ankle which may also be present.
A snapping or popping noise heard at the time of injury is usually indication of a more serious rupture, although at the time they are not always particularly painful, even the case of an achilles tenodon rupture. Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible.
Sudden onset pain in the achilles tendon is more rare than gradual onset or chronic pain. The athlete may feel a sharp stabbing pain at the time but this may not stop play / training. Later on or the following morning the achilles may stiffen up and be more painful.
Acute ankle pain is usually a sudden onset ankle pain and is caused by a twisting, impact or direct trauma. The athlete will know exactly when the injury is likely to have occured.
Achilles tendon swelling may appear as a thickening of the achilles tendon which occurs over time, or can be a softer sudden onset swelling following an acute injury.
Swelling in the ankle occurs following a sudden onset or acute ankle injury or gradually over time with an overuse injury. Sudden onset ankle swelling may indicate bleeding within the joint, especially if it is warm to the touch. Gradual swelling is more likely to be a build up of synovial fluid (lubricating fluid).