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Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
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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

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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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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move 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 ?

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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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?

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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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 ?

Find the cause 1st: There may be easy 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. Find one at aofas.Org. ...Read 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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Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling is also known as Swollen ankles. Ankle swelling is a symptom in which a person has swelling in one or both ankles. Swelling can be caused by ...Read more


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