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What causes a swelling ankle to stop swelling?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 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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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of occasional swelling of ankle?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 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?
A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes swelling on the ankle and knee?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Arthritis: This is most probably caused by some form of arthritis to those area. See your orthopedist for x-ray evaluation and blood work to determine which form you may have and for the proper treatment.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

What causes swelling of the ankle that has no trauma?

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Dr. Frank Kase
Podiatry 45 years experience
Venous insufficiency: Swelling of the ankle without trauma is likely inability of the veins to pump blood back to the heart, as a result blood pools and the ankle swells. Use a compression stocking and see if the swelling reduces.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What might cause swelling in my both ankle and leg?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Possibilities: Venous insufficiency, lymphedema, congestive heat failure, inflammatory conditions or diseases as well as high salt intake. Does elevating feet/legs help. If so that's good. Means it is gravity dependent and can be treated with compression. See physician for work up and treatment.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Help please. Could dehydration cause swelling of the ankle?

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Dr. Robert T. Spalding
Podiatry 23 years experience
Dehydration/Edema: Dehydration and diuretics can concentrate uric acid crystals in the joint causing inflammation.

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