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how swollen do ankles need to get until it is concerning?

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Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry 38 years experience
Slightly: Sudden ankle swelling for no appearant reason should always be checked out by a physician.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

What causes swollen ankles?

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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine 46 years experience
Refer to answer: None pinfull ankle swelling is due fluid retention in lower extremities. It has many causes. Too much salt, high blood pressure, kidney, gout , liver, andthyroid problem, also arthropatthy. If problem persists, refer to your physician.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

I hav swollen ankles for a long time now. Anything serious?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Probably not: Swollen ankles are most commonly associated with excess salt in diet, venous insufficiency (e.g., varicosities), compressive clothing. The specter of phlebitis (local heat, tenderness/pain) or heart failure (shortness of breath, fatigue) always lurk. If chronic, no gradual weight gain, and better in the morning, worse at end of day, probably not to worry too much. If otherwise, see your doctor!
A 69-year-old member asked:

What can I do for my swollen ankles.?

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Dr. Jeoffry Gordon
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Be careful: Depends on age and medical condition. In a healthy person the body measures salt concentration. Eating extra salt = extra water and gravity pulls it to the feet. Salt/water balance is regulated by the heart, liver and kidneys and disease of any of these organs can cause swollen ankles as first sign of an important problem.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of swollen ankles and redness?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: Could be high blood pressure or fluid accumulation from lack of activity.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What does swollen ankles mean?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Possibilities: Venous insufficiency, lymphedema, congestive heart failure, excessive salt intake, sitting or standing for long periods, some systemic conditions. Try elevating, see physician.

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