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What causes a painful bump behind the ankle?

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Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016
Question: Painful to the touch bump on the back of my ankle. What could it be?
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko (55 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like a fluid collection.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

This looks like a fluid collection. It can be cased by too tight shoes or some injury. It does not seem to be infected. Looks like its filled with clear fluid.
It would be good to have it drained. You can use a sterile needle if you have any or consult a surgeon.
Its not urgent.

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further questions.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Grzegorz Stanko (23 minutes later)
I have them on both ankles (i figure skate so i assume thats where its from) but the one on my left foot hurts to the touch and the right doesn't. Any insight into that?
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Those bumps are due to compression.

Detailed Answer:
Generally this explains both bumps. Just the painless one contains less fluid. The painful has it more. You can drain both or just leave them alone. After few days, week, it should be better.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes a painful bump behind the ankle?

Brief Answer: Looks like a fluid collection. Detailed Answer: Hello! Thank you for the query. This looks like a fluid collection. It can be cased by too tight shoes or some injury. It does not seem to be infected. Looks like its filled with clear fluid. It would be good to have it drained. You can use a sterile needle if you have any or consult a surgeon. Its not urgent. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further questions. Regards.