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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of occasional swelling of ankle?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Ankle swelling: Many things can cause occasional swelling from standing to long to let blood pool by gravity to medications high blood pressure and many others. How often do you consider occasional?
Dr. Sourendra Raut
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 19 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes for ankle swelling, if this swelling is associated with pain, inability to weight bear, instability, weakness or fever/chills, investigation by your pcp or orthopedist is warranted. Frequent causes: ankle arthritis ankle sprain gout joint infection tendonitis fracture leg edema secondary to fluid overload.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes a swelling ankle to stop swelling?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Water and gravity: Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills.

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