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A 21-year-old female asked:

my ankles are extremely swollen. no pain. i have gained a lot of weight over the months. could it be that? or a serious matter?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Could be that. : If you are female could be you are pregnant, .
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Swelling: Has potential of being serious but at your age unusual unless you drink alcohol and eat a lot of salt. Weight gain is also a contributing factor.
Dr. Jeffrey Ross
Podiatry 42 years experience
Ankle stress: If additional weight is putting additional stress to a biomechanically weak foot or ankle this could resulot in swelling of your ankles. Agree that you should limit salt, and check for lymphedema or possible venous insufficiency. Those conditions of the lower extremity could be involved with sdditional weight.

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