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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


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How does a doctor determine why you have swollen ankles and feet?

How does a doctor determine why you have swollen ankles and feet?

Many Reasons: There are many different reasons for swelling, and a good history and physical with an internist is very important. Labs and imaging may provide important information for a correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are swollen ankles and feet serious combined w/hep c?

See below: It could be as it could be a sign of liver compromise. The best thing to do is have this checked and see if this is the case. ...Read more

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Took dilatrate-sr for 9 days (used nitroglycerin before), got swollen ankles and feet, now torsamide (10mg) for 3 weeks, legs also swollen, no improvements (87 years, female)?

Took dilatrate-sr for 9 days (used nitroglycerin before), got swollen ankles and feet, now torsamide (10mg) for 3 weeks, legs also swollen, no improvements (87 years, female)?

Decrease salt intake: This may be due to fluid and salt intake...Both of which you have the ability to directly modify. Sounds like you have a touch of congestive heart failure as well. Given your age, diet and lifestyle modification are the best things you can do (i.e. If you smoke, then quit). I would also try to avoid taking too many medications, since they all have unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles all of a sudden. Is it from being on my feet?

Swollen ankles all of a sudden. Is it from being on my feet?

Get diagnosed: It could be from "being on your feet". But there are a number of things that can cause swelling in the ankle. This is a very nonspecific symptom. I recommend that someone swelling in this area should be seen by orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for a definitive diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be started. You can find one in your area at www.Aofas.Org. ...Read more

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I've had very painful swollen ankles for about 4 yrs now the more i'm on my feet the worse they become, it is really limiting what i can do.

I've had very painful swollen ankles for about 4 yrs now the more i'm on my feet the worse they become, it is really limiting what i can do.

See Doctor: I agree with others-persistent ankle pain and swelling need evaluation. If you have not had an injury and not of an age to have degenerative arthritic changes you may need a more systemic evaluation. Primary care physician may be place to start with xrays, blood work and a complete physical exam. If appropriate referral to orthopedic specialist I am sure would be made. ...Read more

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I have numb fingers, cramped hands, and swollen ankles/feet?

I have numb fingers, cramped hands, and swollen ankles/feet?

Possible arthritis: See your primary care doctor for examination and referral to rhuematologist. ...Read more

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What could having a thick red rash from the neck down with swollen ankles and foot discs be a symptom of?

What could having a thick red rash from the neck down with swollen ankles and foot discs be a symptom of?

See below: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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have swollen ankles top of the foot swollen back of knees feel painful can to much salt cause swelling?

  have swollen ankles  top of the foot swollen   back of knees feel  painful  can to much salt cause swelling?

Swollen ankles salt?: 39F US notes/asks:
have swollen ankles top of the foot swollen back of knees feel painful can to much salt cause swelling? ANS: need much more detail but most common cause of swollen ankles is eating more salt than your body can get rid of. But pain in back of knees is not part of that. You may have blood clots in legs. See your Dr. now or do 2nd opinion with me now. ...Read more

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My husband is an alcoholic, he has pain and swollen ankles .. He also has broken veins in inner arch of feet and shins. what could this be?

My husband is an alcoholic,  he has pain and swollen ankles .. He also has broken veins in inner arch of feet and shins.  what could this be?

Alcoholic: If you and others are aware that your husband is an alcoholic you must have him taken (or take him yourself) to a doctor who will decide how your husband can be treated.
Husband won't be happy but he must be sent to a facility that will help him control his drinking.
Tough times but critical. ...Read more

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Hips down to feet ache/hurt/swollen ankles. Wear mild compression socks to knees. Remove socks about 1-2 hrs symptoms start. Help!! ?

Hips down to feet ache/hurt/swollen ankles. Wear mild compression socks to knees. Remove socks about 1-2 hrs symptoms start. Help!!
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Maybe: Blood clots are possible and could just be swollen and painful. Best advice is get examined please at the emergency room for an ultrasound. Good luck ...Read more

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Swollen ankles, back pain, knee pain & foot pain. Are they side effects of felodipine ? If so are they serious or harmless ?

Swollen ankles, back pain, knee pain & foot pain. Are they side effects of felodipine ? If so are they serious or harmless ?

Edema is a known: Side effect of felodipine...It is reversible with discontinuation of the drug and not likely to be serious. Of course stopping the drug will increase BP so talk to your physician about suitable replacement to see if swelling is due to drug. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles and fingers during the evening and night. Sore aching feet. Very physical job walking all day, i work at a medical clinic. What is it?

Could be: It could be osteoarthritis considering that it is at the end of the day, but it could be inflammatory such as rheumatoid in light of the swelling.

See you doctor to confirm what it is. ...Read more

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My mother is overweight. She has swollen ankles, feet and legs. Very painful. Red with sores. Has had fever and chills. Any suggestions?

My mother is overweight. She has swollen ankles, feet and legs. Very painful. Red with sores. Has had fever and chills. Any suggestions?

Evaluation now: These symptoms could have serious causes including cellulitis (infection), circulatory problems, even heart failure. She needs to be evaluated today. The fever is particularly concerning. Please take her to her doctor, an Urgent Care Center or Emergency Room as soon as possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello Doc, I’ve had swollen ankles and feet since Monday, I’ve also had headaches for the same amount of time. My legs feel tight and painful ?

Hello Doc, I’ve had swollen ankles and feet since Monday, I’ve also had headaches for the same amount of time. My legs feel tight and painful ?

Swollen legs/ H/A: Go to an ER today You may have blood pressure as well as kidney issues.May also have cardiac issues. Please f/u/ today as soon as possible . ...Read more

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What are the causes of swollen ankles after foot surgery?

What are the causes of swollen ankles after foot surgery?

Surgery itself: If both of your ankles are swollen, then it could be due to the amount of IV fluids . If it is on the same foot that you have had the surgery, then it is normal. If any bone procedure was done to correct any deformity, you can think about it as being the same as if you broke a bone in your foot. Your foot and ankle will swell. With time is should go away. Let the surgeon know, elevate and ice. ...Read more

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I suffer migraines, nasal polyps, pain that moves round upper rear torso, heartburn, constipation, swollen ankles, eczema on feet, cold feet n hands?

I suffer migraines, nasal polyps, pain that moves round upper rear torso, heartburn, constipation, swollen ankles, eczema on feet, cold feet n hands?

Many Problems: With all the problems you have, it might be best to see your primary care physician. He or she will be able to first examine you and then prescribe appropriate medications for each of your complaints. Don't let it go . . ...Read more

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Can hormones cause veins to bulge suddenly? Swollen ankles last 3 days, veins in feet/legs, hands/arms very prominent. 2 days from period. BP normal.

Need more info...: The specifics, relevance, & sequence of events of all symptoms are not enough to draw a conclusion, but what you described deserves a prompt evaluation. How to get the related things of good medical care for your concerns? Follow instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; do not try to wait out. ...Read more

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Why is my foot still swollen but ankle swelling is almost gone?

Why is my foot still swollen but ankle swelling is almost gone?

More Information: Without more information it is difficult to determine if there might be something more going on. It is important to know whether you had a injury and what type, what treatment you have had, and what diagnostic studies have been performed in order to gather a more clear picture. ...Read more

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How is it that my foot is still swollen when my ankle swelling has been reduced?

Gravity work: I do not know your problem, but foot swelling will subside after ankle swelling because of the distance from the heart. Be patient it will go away if you do not have any other problem. ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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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