What's wrong with my ankle?

I can't seem to figure out what's wrong with my ankle. Here's a little of my background: I'm 24 - play ice hockey 2 or 3 times a week - and run 2 to 3 times a week.

As I was suiting up for a game a couple weeks ago, I noticed a lot of discomfort in my right ankle. I attempted to play (stupid, I know), but could not skate without experiencing a lot of pain. After taking my skates off, I noticed a little swelling and a hard bump on the front of my right ankle (that bump may have been there before, but I could have missed it).

I was told it may be tendonitis. I have been icing my ankle daily and kept myself from skating and running. As of right now, my ankle feels fine and I have full range of motion. However, when I put a skate or sneaker on, it still hurts... very annoying.

To the best of you knowledge, what's wrong with my ankle?

I appreciate any info. you have to offer!

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Feb 22, 2014
Bursa solutions NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a 50 yo recreational ice hockey skater and expert skier, but I was playing with really old skates and NO padding left on the malleolar bones, lacing them too tight as well and now have a bursa slightly above the outside ankle bone. My podiatrist tried injecting it with cortisone which worked to a degree, but it is now back agian and he offered to surgically remove the bursa (maybe this summer off season). this thing not only hurts while skating but SKI BOOTs caused a lot of problems with 7 hours of skiing on a single day.
I ice pack my ankle after skiing or skating for 15 min. It helps keep the swelling down. Last year before I knew what was going on it became really swollen and inflamed and I could not skate or ski without agonizing pain in a tiny spot. I had built all kinds of moleskin pads to shift the pressure to around the boney prominence, but then those areas started getting a little sore . this year (post injection) it is much smaller and manageable. the whole thing started in my case from over tightened poorly padded skates.

Feb 21, 2014
Possible Solution NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello all. I am currently in this situation as well. I am a 15 y/o competitive athlete playing both travel hockey and high school hockey. As you might be thinking, this much skating kills my ankles. After reading some of these posts and researching the bursitis, i have found a few solutions. I have tried some of these, but not all. My dad had also had this problem and told me what to do. First Elite Hockey sells gel pads specifically for this. You peel it off a clear plastic film, and apply the gel pad to the affected area. I find this to work well, but it does not rid the pain entirely. I stick it on my skate, but it may not always stick well so I put it on my sock on my ankle. Next, is to make a doughnut shape of foam with a whole over the affected area, to alleviate pain and provide a cushion between the ankle and the skate. I have not tried this method, but it sounds like it will work. Lastly is to take a dr scholls gel pad and cut it to fit your ankle. This will be softer and more custom then the other EH gel pad. Hope this helps.

Feb 21, 2014
Possible Solution NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello all. I am currently in this situation as well. I am a 15 y/o competitive athlete playing both travel hockey and high school hockey. As you might be thinking, this much skating kills my ankles. After reading some of these posts and researching the bursitis, i have found a few solutions. I have tried some of these, but not all. My dad had also had this problem and told me what to do. First Elite Hockey sells gel pads specifically for this. You peel it off a clear plastic film, and apply the gel pad to the affected area. I find this to work well, but it does not rid the pain entirely. I stick it on my skate, but it may not always stick well so I put it on my sock on my ankle. Next, is to make a doughnut shape of foam with a whole over the affected area, to alleviate pain and provide a cushion between the ankle and the skate. I have not tried this method, but it sounds like it will work. Lastly is to take a dr scholls gel pad and cut it to fit your ankle. This will be softer and more custom then the other EH gel pad. Hope this helps.

Feb 21, 2014
Possible Solution NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello all. I am currently in this situation as well. I am a 15 y/o competitive athlete playing both travel hockey and high school hockey. As you might be thinking, this much skating kills my ankles. After reading some of these posts and researching the bursitis, i have found a few solutions. I have tried some of these, but not all. My dad had also had this problem and told me what to do. First Elite Hockey sells gel pads specifically for this. You peel it off a clear plastic film, and apply the gel pad to the affected area. I find this to work well, but it does not rid the pain entirely. I stick it on my skate, but it may not always stick well so I put it on my sock on my ankle. Next, is to make a doughnut shape of foam with a whole over the affected area, to alleviate pain and provide a cushion between the ankle and the skate. I have not tried this method, but it sounds like it will work. Lastly is to take a dr scholls gel pad and cut it to fit your ankle. This will be softer and more custom then the other EH gel pad. Hope this helps.

May 12, 2013
Son Has a lump slightly above left ankle NEW
by: lisak78

My 15 year old plays midget hockey. He has a lump the size of a pea just slightly above the outside of his left ankle. He says it hurts only when he skates. Took him for an x ray and they said its from either an old injury or a subtle bone lesion. Of corse I am freaking out cause I assumed it was nothing now I am freaking its some kind of tumor! He said he noticed it at the beginning of the hockey season and didn't say anything. Does anyone else have this??

Apr 20, 2013
lateral malleolar bursitis NEW
by: Chris

Check out any web pages on malleolar bursitis and you will find it is a common ailment of figure skaters and hockey players. As a result of tying my skates too tight I have developed a lump on the outside of my ankle bone. I hadnt noticed it but i felt it one day and it seems to be full of liquid or something else. It only hurts when i play hockey and tie my skates nice and tight, the way i like them. I may go to a doctor but i know he/she will just tell me to stop playing hockey. I also have a hard lump on my tendon at the base of my shin due to stress from the tongue of the skate, no pain just a hard lump. Anyways, does anyone have any experience with malleolar bursitis? Does it go away or do you just have to deal with it? Can it get worse? For those of you who are not sure about your foot pain check thus condition out, it is surprisingly common.

Jan 18, 2013
Lateral malleolar pain NEW
by: Pattarat

This fall after 10 years in the same skate I started to have intense pain in a very small spot on the top of my lateral malleolus. I skate recreationally 2 nights a week. Out of the skate I can run and do anything without pain. Except ski...the boots ere also killing me. I ignored the pain and skated until a family ski trip then had to do something about it (one hour of ice time in pain v. six on a mountain).
Ice does not seem to help, I tried that twice a day for a week. What does help is I built a half moon shape out of flexible rubber (from a boot shop) and topped it with three layers of Moleskin , the final layer a little wider to insure the whole thing sticks in place. I place this behind my malleolus cupping it. This creates an alternate pressure point when I flex, and really solves the whole problem! Depending on how well I place it some nights I feel nothing. It saved my ski trip for sure!! I haven't been to the doctor, but I first thought bruise, then bursitis (but Ice should have solved the bursitis). I'm hoping a summer off will cure it.

Jan 16, 2013
ankle pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I share everyone's frustrations that have the same symptoms. I've played hockey for 30 plus years and within the last 3 years my left ankle has become very sensitive when I lace up my skates. It's noticable larger than my right ankle. I've been to pyhsio and there seems to be a commom prognosis. Deep bone bruise.

Jan 16, 2012
Im clueless NEW
by: Anonymous

I figure skate and also have a pain in my left ankle. It had started hurting about 2weeks ago but only with my skates on. But now it hurts to put any wait on or move. I have no swelling or bruises so i still try to skate. (dumb) But i can only practice 2x a week starting tripple soulcows. When I have heat on it pain goes away for a few mins. I have know idea at all what to do. I elevate,ice,brace,and soak in hot water but still hurts. Im 13 and have not gone to any doctors yet and hoping its a sprain.

Sep 19, 2011
Figure skater
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem on my right ankle the pain is on the outside, I skated through the pain one night last week and I can't tolerate it possible cause I figure skate and have to do a lot of my skills on the right foot. I have had 2 x-rays went for a bone scan today and I am having an ultra sound on Wednesday. So far my first diagnosis was that its tendinitis.....but the bump is on the bone which is where the fibula bone is so I don't know if thats it. My Dr. thinks its cartilage that has formed as a result of a fracture or severely bruised bone. At this point I don't know if I will ever be able to skate again because the pain is far too intense for me. All of this started shortly after I skated with my new skates but now I can't even wear my old skates. I have tried creating something like a doughnut to relieve the pain but soo far no luck.
Please tell me if any of you know of a solution to this problem.

May 13, 2011
Anterior Talus
by: Anonymous

I have a similar problem. You likely have a restriction in the motion of your talus - the bump you mentioned - it may be in a forward or anterior displacement. When your ankle flexes it must slide back, but if sounds like yours may be restricted. Solution? Go see a chiropractor - they are not just about backs.

Nov 09, 2009
relief pad?
by: Bart - SII

I wonder if you were to try and fashion a relief pad to place inside your skates. By relief pad, I mean a pad that has a hole in it, or an area that is not as thick that would go directly over the painful area. I am not familiar with hockey skates, but i would imagine they must be laced tightly to provide stability. If you could take pressure off of the area, it may help to reduce the irritation when playing.

Worth a try?

Bart

Nov 06, 2009
Bruised Tendon
by: Rochelle

Hi there,

I have exactly the same problem and went to visit my doctor who knew the injury's cause instantly.

I play Senior AAA hockey as a defence and last season my ankle did the same thing in the middle of the provintials. Talk about bad timing. I iced it, I wrapped it, it even got so bad that mid-game I stuck a pad in my skate to try and alieviate the pain.

Decided to finally visit my doctor month later when there was no change. He knew immediatly that it is a bruised tendon and is a common hockey injury. When we tie our skates too tight or are hit with a lot of force on the laces of our skates the tendon is injured and results in a bruse (not alway viasable on the skin's surface). For me it has been 5 months since I have played competitivly and the pain was pretty much gone until tonights game when it reoccurred and I am now once again icing it. I came across your problem while looking for a solution to help me get through this season as it has just begun. Any ideas on how to prevent it or help it heal faster would be amazing!

Mar 12, 2009
lateral malleolar ankle pain hockey
by: Anonymous

I have almost same problem, I dont have a bump but I have massive pain on the outside of my left ankle but only when I put skates on and tighten them up. It was worse with a specific pair of CCMs (gel pack), after getting a different set and skating through the pain for a few months it got better, still hurts but is tolerable.

I just picked up another new pair of CCM vectors (heat molded them) and the pain is back in full force after 6 or so times skating. Skating isn't too bad most of the time, but walking on skates forget it! Once i take the skates off, pain is gone.

The only thing I have been able to find is lateral malleolar bursitis.

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