Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Ankle Injuries and Disorders

I have a weird growth on my ankle. What could it be?

I have a strange bone growth on my ankle. It doesn't hurt but it doesn't appear on my other ankle. What could this be and why is it happening?

13 Answers

There are too many possibilities with such a limited amount of information...it could be a ganglion cyst, a bone spur, a tumor or multiple other things. Best plan is to go to an orthopedist or a podiatrist for an evaluation.

Kathleen Neuhoff, DPM 

It could be:

-Soft tissue tumor
-Benign tumor of the bone

You need to visit a specialist and have an X-ray to determine the growth.
The growth has to be evaluated in order to make a diagnosis
It could be a spider bite! If it stays to enlarge, see a Podiatrist, as I operated. On one that was the size of a softball!
Most likely it is nothing, however, if it is something, it could be fatal. Although the malignant lesions are rare, get a diagnostic test done to find out.
Bone growth secondary to arthritis - joint inflammation or bone tumor. Please visit a foot and ankle surgeon near your home for an ankle examination, ankle X-rays, and proper treatment.
Many different possibilities. Seek professional evaluation.
Bony prominences around the ankle are very common and are often the result of prior trauma to the area or as a result of repetitive stress the the bone such as a tight ski boot . I recommend getting a standard Xray and seeing a foot and ankle surgeon .
Around the ankle, there could be a few things, ganglion cyst, lipoma, bone cyst, accessory bone so hard to say without proper evaluation or x-rays. Please have it checked out by your local podiatrist for proper treatment.
Further imaging may be helpful and a biopsy would definitely tell what the growth is. Don’t wait to seek help. Growths, although not common, can become or are malignant. Cancers are found all over the body, including the feet and ankles.
This could be as simple as a cyst under the skin or potentially some type of bone growth/tumor/cyst. Would recommend an X-ray to evaluate the bone structures of the ankle.

Jonathan M. Kletz, DPM
Any new skin growth needs to be evaluated to rule out skin cancer.
There are a variety of neoplasms or new growths that can occur affecting all tissues of the human body. Firstly it needs to be established where the growth presents. On the skin these can result from neoplasm, infection, trauma. Viral infections consistent with HPV present as warts. Altered cellular activity of the skin can produce benign and malignant skin lesions. We evaluate these lesions based on presentation of color, size, shape and border presentation. Traumatic injuries can produce hypertrophic scars and keloids. Deep to the skin and subcutaneous tissue soft tissue masses and elevations can represent cystic lesions such as ganglions, fatty tumors known as lipomas. Beyond the subcutaneous layer around joints we can develop tumors of the joint lining or synovial tissue. Again these can be benign or malignant. Fast-growing lesions that are painless are concerning. These can represent sarcomas. Finally lesion of bone can develop. Again this can result from altered cellular activity resulting in new bone growth and palpable prominence. Given all of this as a potential I would recommend evaluation by a medical specialist with appropriate workup to include imaging as indicated.