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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
165 Doctors shared insights

Swollen Ankles (Overview)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs is called peripheral edema.


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What causes swollen ankles?

What causes swollen ankles?

Edema: Heart, kidney, liver, or vein problems can all cause swelling. ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
165 Doctors shared insights

Swollen Ankles (Overview)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs is called peripheral edema.


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What does it mean to have swollen ankles and low blood pressure?

What does it mean to have swollen ankles and low blood pressure?

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you need a history and physical by an md to rule out an arrhythmia or congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles (Tip)

Always inform your doctor of new onset foot and/or ankle swelling as this could be dangerous. ...See more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Keep moving your body; avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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What are ways to treat swollen ankles?

What are ways to treat swollen ankles?

Depends on cause: Swelling of both ankles is due to a variety of diseases including heart failure, low blood proteins, liver failure, pregnancy and other systemic diseases. Swelling of just one leg is due to some type of venous or lymphatic blockage in that leg, or possibly a growth in the pelvis or groin on the same side. ...Read more

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What can I do for my swollen ankles.?

What can I do for my swollen ankles.?

Depends on cause: If the swelling resolves overnight, this is most likely due to venous insufficiency. Elastic stockings are best long term remedy. Elevate legs whenever possible. If this persists or if swelling does not improve overnight, get examined by your physician for other possible causes which can be treated. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles (Tip)

Feet and ankles swell the most by days end. This is the best time to size footwear. ...See more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep your ankle elevated
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What is the best treatment for swollen feet and ankles at 35wks pregnant? Soaking in hot or cold water? And how to keep the swelling to a minimum?

What is the best treatment for swollen feet and ankles at 35wks pregnant? Soaking in hot or cold water? And how to keep the swelling to a minimum?

Elevation: Elevate your feet, rest drink lots of water. That should help to reduce swelling. You should also contact your md if you are swelling and she is not aware. Sometimes swelling can be seen with high blood pressure during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative medicine treatments for swollen ankles?

Are there any alternative medicine treatments for swollen ankles?

Find the cause 1st: There may be alternative medicine treatments for swollen ankles. However, the more important question is why are your ankles swollen. I would recommend that you be seen by an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon if your primary care physician cannot find the cause of the swollen ankles. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles (Tip)

Limiting your salt intake will usually help to reduce swelling ...See more

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How can you cure swollen ankles on a 24hr flight for old people?

How can you cure swollen ankles on a 24hr flight for old people?

Good Seat and Hose: Consider the use of compression hose and/or socks can help minimize swelling, get an aisle or bulkhead seat to stretch legs, drink water to stay hydrated, and encourage getting up to walk during the flight. Once the flight starts, find out if there's a first class seat available...That can't hurt. ...Read more

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How to get rid of swollen ankles?

How to get rid of swollen ankles?

RICE: Rest, ice, compress and elevate. However, must find out what is causing the swelling in your ankles first. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles (Tip)

If your heart is healthy the chances are it is not your heart causing the trouble. ...See more

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How can I prevent swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy?

How can I prevent swollen ankles and feet in pregnancy?

Avoid salt: Swollen feet and ankles are common in pregnancy. As the uterus gets bigger it puts pressure on the blood vessels in the pelvis returning the blood from the legs back to the heart. This can make blood flow slower and increase swelling. Avoiding salt, drinking plenty of water, and elevating your feet can help reduce swelling. Be aware it may not go away until a few weeks after the baby is born. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone gets swollen ankles without spraining their ankles; just occurs on its own?

What does it mean when someone gets swollen ankles without spraining their ankles; just occurs on its own?

Edema: Not necessarily! Check with your pcp and monitor your bp, heart status, meds, diet, lifestyle, etc......

Could be a condition known as lymphedema... ...Read more

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Recurring swollen ankles?

Recurring swollen ankles?

Doctor visit: Swollen ankles could be due to a multitude of causes ranging from simple pooling of fluid in legs (dependent edema) to varicose veins to medication side effects to inadequate pumping of the heart. Simple measures you can take are obtaining compression stockings, staying active and avoiding excessive salt however for this problem I would recommend a check up with your primary care doc. ...Read more

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What causes swollen ankles?

What causes swollen ankles?

Various causes: There are very many causes, from congestive heart failure, to lymphedema, to venous insufficiency, blood clots, pregnancy, a various other causes, including serious and not-so-serious causes. The fact that you legs are the lowest part of your body, fluid have tendency to pool down there, with increased hydrostatic pressure -- sometime called dependent edema. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes swollen ankles?

Edema: Heart, kidney, liver, or vein problems can all cause swelling. ...Read more

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What may cause swollen ankles?

What may cause swollen ankles?

A few things: Excess dietary sodium can cause fluid retention, which can explain swelling in the foot, ankles and legs. Prolonged sitting or standing in place may cause swelling. It can also be due to other medical issues as well: congestive heart disease, htn, diabetes, uremia and many other issues. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
356 Doctors shared insights

Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more