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Prednisone and swollen ankles, is this common?

Prednisone and swollen ankles, is this common?

It depends on dose: Prednisone at moderate to high doses will cause sodium retention and associated fluid retention with ankle swelling as a manifestation. The effect can be seen with low dose Prednisone in patients with other medical problems prone to fluid retention. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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I've noticed my ankles have become very swollen lately, and I've had a lot of leg pain. Taking prednisone and pentasa (mesalamine). Should I contact my doctor?

I've noticed my ankles have become very swollen lately, and I've had a lot of leg pain. Taking prednisone and pentasa (mesalamine). Should I contact my doctor?

Yes: Prednisone can definitely cause fluid retention which tends to build up in the lower extremities. I would recommend having this evaluated immediately by your physician due to the other less likely possibility of blood clots causing obstruction of the veins in your legs. If their are no clots -- compression stockings may help with the swelling along with medicine to reduce the fluid retention. ...Read more

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What causes swollen hands, feet, and ankles? Not reduced with diuretic only prednisone. Swelling inbetween finger joints not the joints themselves.

What causes swollen hands, feet, and ankles? Not reduced with diuretic only prednisone. Swelling inbetween finger joints not the joints themselves.

Inflammation: Sounds like inflammation. Must search for cause. Rule out food sensitivity. About 10 percent of population can be sensitive to nightshades, about 30-40 percent can be sensitive to gluten and casein. Other more common food sensitivities include soy, corn, beef, etc. Consider food elimination for at least 2-3 months. Leigh wagner, rd is a good dietitian who can help by phone: 913-588-6208. ...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

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Common causes of swollen ankles?

Common causes of swollen ankles?

Many causes: The key point is whether the ankles are painful, red or tender. If they are think lofgren's syndrome (acute sarcoidosis). If they are not they are numerous causes both local and systemic. If pain is present see a rheumatologist n. ...Read more

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What couldbe causing my swollen ankles?

What couldbe causing my swollen ankles?

Get checked: Swelling and pain in the ankles can be caused by multiple things such as diet, blood pressure, kidney function, circulation, nerves, injury, previous surgery...Basically many things. You need to see your primary doctor and jot down more info about when do you notice the swelling, does it every go down, when does it hurt, what is your diet, etc. Get checked. ...Read more

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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 are possible causes for swollen ankles?

What are possible causes for swollen ankles?

Many things: There are a number of things that can cause swelling in the foot and ankle. This is a very nonspecific symptom. I recommend that someone with swelling should be seen by orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for a definitive diagnosis. One in your area can be found at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more

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I have swollen ankles since teenage. Is that serious?

I have swollen ankles since teenage. Is that serious?

Swelling causes: You should find out if the kidneys, thyroid, heart and joints are working correctly with the approprate medical tests. The cause could be poor vein circulation, which is tested with a painless doppler test. ...Read more

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What causes swollen wrists with pain as well as swollen ankles?

What causes swollen wrists with pain as well as swollen ankles?

A number of possi--: Bilities, including rheumatoid arthritis due to the bilateral involvement of multiple joints; other types of arthritis. Sometimes viral infections can cause multiple joint swellings/pain.
Need to see pcp for onward referral to a rheumatologist, who can diagnose/treat such conditions.
You needs xrays, labs and likely joint fluid to help aspiration to DX or rule out other diagnoses.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles and face and neck rash?

Swollen ankles and face and neck rash?

Should see Doc SOON: These symptoms can be from any number of causes from simple allergic response to significant systemic disease. You should see a family physician, internist or rheumatologist soon. ...Read more

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Can iron supplement cause swollen ankles?

Can iron supplement cause swollen ankles?

No: Iron does not cause swollen ankles. The cause could be diet, joint disease, heart disease, or any number of conditions. I would not ignore this. See your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Knee pain and swollen ankles. What could be causing this?

Many causes: If multiple joints are hurting and swelling without an injury, I recommend an evaluation by your primary care provider. An orthopedist and/or rheumatologist may also be recommended for a thorough evaluation of possible arthritides. ...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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Why do I have burning hot beat at night and sore and swollen ankles in the morning?

Why do I have burning hot beat at night and sore and swollen ankles in the morning?

You should: See a doctor. Feet should not be swollen in the morning. (assuming you sleep in a bed at night). ...Read more

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I have swollen ankles, frequent urination, waking up with headaches what could it be?

See details: It sounds as if the issue is one of fluid retention (edema). There are numerous causes, some are minor and some are serious. See a doctor and have the problem evaluated. ...Read more

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Vacination side affects. My 4 yr old has got swollen ankles after her jag an can't walk?

Vacination side affects. My 4 yr old has got swollen ankles after her jag an can't walk?

Doctor: Consult your doctor immediately. Your daughter may have a serious reaction to whatever immunization she was given. ...Read more

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I have a friend (60+) with swollen ankles. Is there a scan or test to check for clots within the ankle area?

I have a friend (60+) with swollen ankles. Is there a scan or test to check for clots within the ankle area?

No need: Typically, bilateral ankle swelling is not a typical sign for blood clots. It would be highly unlikely for this person to have occluding blood clots in both legs at the same time. Other causes should be ruled out by his physician, so please get to the doctor asap. ...Read more

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M 4yr old took reaction to her vacination with swollen ankles so I took her to doc abd she got antbioctics but now 3 days later she has come out in l?

M 4yr old took reaction to her vacination with swollen ankles so I took her to doc abd she got antbioctics but now 3 days later she has come out in l?

Clarification needed: Vaccinations should not cause swollen ankles, so wht did your doctor prescribe antbiotics and then what happened three days later explanation is needed to give you a definitive answer. ...Read more

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I have severely swollen ankles. It does not clear up during the night. No pain. What can I do other than walking, stockings, lymph drainage, ozone?

I have severely swollen ankles. It does not clear up during the night. No pain. What can I do other than walking, stockings, lymph drainage, ozone?

Do not ignore: Edema can be pitting or brawny. Press around the ankle firmly - hold and release. If there is a indentation that stays around it is pitting edema. If you can not dent the flesh it is brawny edema and much harder to deal with.
Support hose, elevation, sequential compression, diuretic meds and decrease in salt are a good start. If this does not work pt specialized in lymph-edema can help. ...Read more

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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?

What causes swollen ankles?

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

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What does swollen ankles mean?

Possibilities: Venous insufficiency, lymphedema, congestive heart failure, excessive salt intake, sitting or standing for long periods, some systemic conditions. Try elevating, see physician. ...Read more

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Itcy swollen ankles what is this?

Many possibilities: Need to see a doctor for an exam. Your description is too vague to answer. ...Read more

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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 no pain eating a lot of hotdogs?

Swollen ankles no pain eating a lot of hotdogs?

Need more info...: Is ankle swelling bilaterally symmetrical, involving evenly or locally/ regionally? Do you have short of breath? Have you had history of congestive heart failure...? Hotdogs alone at most should just increase salt intake leading to edema in patients with marginal heart function. So, seek evaluation, confirmation, care, & counseling timely so to relieve current and future worry. Best... ...Read more

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I have had very swollen ankles for a few months. ?

I have had very swollen ankles for a few months. ?

Swollen ankles: Lots of possible causes for swollen ankles. Get checked by your doc to see if anything serious is going on or if its a minor problem. ...Read more

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What is causing my swollen ankles and could it be serious?

What is causing my swollen ankles and could it be serious?

Many possibilities: Venous insufficiency, lymphedema, injury and congestive heart failure are some. See your physician for full evaluation. Yes it may be serious but may also be easily treated. ...Read more

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How to reduce swollen ankles without using diuretics?

How to reduce swollen ankles without using diuretics?

Elevation: Make sure when you sit that ou elevated your legs causing excess fluid from settling on your ankles. Also you can obtain tight stockings at a medical supply store that can reduce swellign in yoru ankles and legs. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Swollen Ankles (Definition)

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 ...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