A sprained ankle is the most common ankle ailment, but discoloration of ankle is the most common issue we raise with doctors, nurses or other medical personnel. Perhaps it’s because the ankle is such a visible part of our anatomy – and the skin on our ankle is so thin that it’s susceptible to discoloration.
The good news: there are lots of benign reasons for ankle discoloration. Perhaps our ankles were stained by wet clothing? Or maybe our shoes or boots caused mild ankle discoloration?
It’s important not to dismiss or ignore ankle discoloration, however, because there are several medical problems that could be causing the ankle discoloration.
Venous Stasis happens when red blood cells gather around the ankle joints and stain the ankle skin from the inside out. This is a condition that requires immediate medical attention because it’s a symptom of a condition in which the leg veins are no longer able to carry blood up the legs to the heart. Blood flow is very important – so it’s important to consult a doctor if you see signs of venouis stasis, consult a doctor. You need medical attention to rule out deep vein thrombosis.
Ankle sprains or bruises might also cause ankle discoloration. When you sprain your ankle, capillaries might break, creating a black or blue bruise to form. Sprains can also turn brown, yellow or green in color.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever may also cause ankle discoloration. The fever is caused by a tick. The symptoms usually begin within two weeks after the tick bites you. Symptoms are difference from those caused by other ankle injuries. You’ll experience chills, fever, headaches and a sensitivity to light. You may also develop dark red or brown spots on your feet, arms or ankles. You should seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms and suspect that a tick bite might have occurred.