history (ankle joint)

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The history for the ankle joint should include the following enquiries:

  • pain:
    • if localised to a bony prominence it is likely to be due to a local disorder
    • diffuse pain across the forefoot is called metatarsalgia and is less specific

  • deformity:
    • certain deformities e.g. flat foot, may be present, but otherwise, deformity may manifest as difficulty fitting shoes

  • swelling:
    • localised, diffuse or bilateral

  • trauma:
    • recently or in the past

  • functional loss

Last reviewed 01/2018