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What does swollen ankles mean?

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

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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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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What can it mean when you have swollen ankles, rash, and severe itching in ankle area?

What can it mean when you have swollen ankles, rash, and severe itching in ankle area?

Many possibilities: The severe itching can be caused by the swollen anles and rash. The question is why the rash? From scratching? / allergic reaction? Bite? Poison ivy? There are some disease processes that can cause both too, so, instead of guessing here, a visit to a doctor sounds like a great idea. ...Read more

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Atrial fibrillation for 3 years and swollen ankles. Does swollen ankles mean heart failure? Only breathless climbing stairs. Thanks

Atrial fibrillation for 3 years and swollen ankles. Does swollen ankles mean heart failure? Only breathless climbing stairs. Thanks

One sign of heart fa: Swollen ankles (& increase in water weight) is one sign of heart failure (HF). Being short of breath doing usual activities is another. Atrial fibrillation & heart failure often co-exist: it's a chicken-or-egg debate about which sets of which. But given your description, you should get checked out by a physician (Cardiologist) or use HealthTap Prime to sort this out long-term. HF can be treated! ...Read more

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If you have swollen ankles does it mean you have high blood pressure too?

If you have swollen ankles does it mean you have high blood pressure too?

Not necessarily: There are many causes of edema (swelling) in the extremities. Hypertension is one of them, but just because your ankles are swollen doesn't mean you have high blood pressure. You should see a doctor and get your blood pressure tested to confirm. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have swollen ankles does it mean you have high blood pressure?

I'm just wondering, if you have swollen ankles does it mean you have high blood pressure?

Not always: There are many causes of swelling.
Seek the cause.
Blood pressure is easy to check, and may not be related unless some degree of congestive heart failure from prolonged poorly treated hypertension. ...Read more

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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?

MD: Hi:

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

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

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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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Itcy swollen ankles what is this?

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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Cause of Swollen ankles for 4 days?

See details: Pain is likely arthritis or inflammation, no pain is likely edema or fluid retention. Have a doctor evaluate it. ...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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How best to deal with swollen ankles?

Depends on cause: Swollen ankles may be due to fluid accumulation that could result from venous insufficiency, heart failure, kidney disease, nutritional deficiency and the treatment will depend on the cause. ...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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Could working out cause swollen ankles?

Could working out cause swollen ankles?

Ankle swelling: Working out can cause ankle or foot swelling.
If you have venous related problems such as varicosities your ankle can swell. Over- use injuries may also cause swelling by overworking joints, muscles and tendons. Medications can also cause swelling in ankles. ...Read more

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My husband has suddenly got swollen ankles?

My husband has suddenly got swollen ankles?

Bad sign: Get evaluated!
serious heart, kidney, chemical issues.
Venous stasis.
Need full history and evaluation, and studies. ...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. What can help with this?

I have swollen ankles. What can help with this?

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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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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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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How long does swollen ankles associated with hellp last?

Depends on patient: Swelling in the legs or lower extremity associated with hellp syndrome (preeclampsia, toxemia, high blood pressure of pregnancy) resolves after delivery. How fast depends on the person. For some it is in the first 24-48 hours. For others it may last as long as 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What are some medications I can take for swollen ankles?

What are some medications I can take 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. Before taking medication for this I would get a diagnosis. 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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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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What are the causes of swollen ankles, when there is no injury involved?

What are the causes of swollen ankles, when there is no injury involved?

Fluid retention: Swelling of the ankles without pain or injury is usually due to fluid retention. See you primary care doctor tosee why you are retaining fluid. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are potential causes of swollen ankles?

Many: Swelling of the ankles can be caused by anything from injury to kidney to heart problems. ...Read more

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What is a likely diagnosis of someone who has swollen ankles and signs of degenerating organ functions?

What is a likely diagnosis of someone who has swollen ankles and signs of degenerating organ functions?

Heart failure: Swollen ankles may be a finding in early congestive heart failure. End organ failure can be a process resulting from a far advanced heart condition called cardiomyopathy. This is where the heart contracts inefficiently resulting in such poor organ perfusion the organs begin to fail. ...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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Can hydroxycut cause swollen ankles?

Unlikely: Unlikely but it is a poor product associated with occasional life threatening side effects. I urge you to stop using it. ...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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I hav swollen ankles for a long time now. Anything serious?

I hav swollen ankles for a long time now. Anything serious?

Possibly -: Some reasons for chronic swelling ankle are arthritis of the knee or ankle or feet, chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema (abnormal lymphatic drain), congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease and malnutrition -- and the most common of these is chronic venous insufficiency that now can be treated using endovenous laser treatment -- please talk with your doctor about this! ...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