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What causes swelling in both ankles. Came on suddenly. Elevation does not seem to help. I'm 57 good health and very active. 35 lbs overweight

What causes swelling in both ankles. Came on suddenly. Elevation does not seem to help. I'm 57 good health and very active. 35 lbs overweight

Edema: Edema (swelling) is associated with weight gain. Women are more prone to it and menopausal state makes it worse. Kidney disease, heart disease, thyroid disease, side effects of drugs, varicose veins are all associated with edema. You need a detailed history, physical, urine and blood tests to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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How can an overweight person strengthen their ankles?

How can an overweight person strengthen their ankles?

Loose the weight: Your ankles carry the weight of your body and weight loss would be a great start. ...Read more

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I am 51 yr old woman, overweight. I have pain in both of my knees and my left ankle. The pain is horrible at nite. What sneaker do you suggest?

I am 51 yr old woman, overweight. I have pain in both of my knees and my left ankle.  The pain is horrible at nite. What sneaker do you suggest?

Address overweight: Overeating of the wrong foods results in obesity associated with ihnflammation. Get rid of all forms of sugar and sweeeteners, diet drinks, candy, desserts, ice cream, cookiesetc. And eat only god made food. You will lose weight and the inflammation will die down. It is ujp to you. There are no short cuts. ...Read more

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Can being overweight affect the time needed to recover from torn ankle ligament? Been a year now and I still can't run properly, still some pain.

Can being overweight affect the time needed to recover from torn ankle ligament? Been a year now and I still can't run properly, still some pain.

It could...: Being overweight puts more weight stress over joints which may cause not only issues of healing but also long term overuse injuries. Losing weight can help with new injuries as well prevent damage to the ones that are still healthy. ...Read more

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I am extremely overweight but can walk for exercise. I want to build muscle as well. Can i wear ankle/wrist weights during my normal day?

I am extremely overweight but can walk for exercise. I want to build muscle as well. Can i wear ankle/wrist weights during my normal day?

Please see your: Doc for an exam before you create your exercise program. He/she can rule out possible contraindications to what you propose. Exercise is a very healthy thing to do but the right type and amount needs to be considered. The weights may not be necessary. Keep you focus on your health and not the number on the scale. The very best to you. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more