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Why is my ankle swelling if I got hit in the shin?

Why is my ankle swelling if I got hit in the shin?

Gravity: You may have had some internal bleeding/bruising or inflammation. This fluid will obey gravity and flow down. ...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


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I got hit on my shin, so why is my ankle swelling?

I got hit on my shin, so why is my ankle swelling?

Reactive edema: Is very common. It could also be bleeding. It could be an underlying fracture or stress fracture. If you think you have a broken bone see an er doc or ortho guy.

If you think yu have a DVT - which is different - you need to tell your family doctor this. ...Read more

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Why is my ankle swelling all the way up the shin?

Why is my ankle swelling all the way up the shin?

Good question: I don't think this is a typical symptom. Hence, I would go to a doctor for an exam. It is possible you have a stress fracture. If there is pin point pain along the leg this is a possibility. This could be seen on x-ray though MRI is more sensitive. If it turns out you do have your vitamin d levels checked. This is one of a list of possibilites. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ankle swelling. And I noticed on my shin there's an indent and it's discolored?

I am experiencing ankle swelling. And I noticed on my shin there's an indent and it's discolored?

More info?: Is it both ankles or just one? Did you injure your ankle? How long has it been swelling? Getting worse? Any new meds? Have you had similar problems in the past? If lasting more than a few days see your MD ...Read more

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Left leg middle of shin and ankle swelling and pain?

Left leg middle of shin and ankle swelling and pain?

Leg pain: If not activity related could be related to blood clot (dvt), could be infectious such as cellulitis, or could be inflamed such as gout. Not enough information here to really be more definitive. ...Read more

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Mysterious non-itchy rash on shin area and ankle swelling after sun exposure? It came up after a day on the beach, mostly standing, for several hours.

Mysterious non-itchy rash on shin area and ankle swelling after sun exposure? It came up after a day on the beach, mostly standing, for several hours.

Excess salt intake?: sunburn where missed sunscreen? Not worried if it goes away but would get it checked if not clearing in a few weeks ...Read more

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I cut my leg about 2" below my knee and got 7 stitches. Why is my ankle swelling every day and its all squishy also?

I cut my leg about 2" below my knee and got 7 stitches. Why is my ankle swelling every day and its all squishy also?

Get it checked out: Whenever there is an injury you will get swelling in the healing process. Make sure there are no signs of infection. You should also be checked by your regular doc or podiatrist to evaluate the stitches and wound. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ankle swelling. In one leg only?

I am experiencing ankle swelling. In one leg only?

Swelling in one: Extremity usually indicates the issue is in that extremity, it could be arthritis, venous issue, injury. You did not say if it is painful or not. You can try antiinflamatories, elevation, compression. ...Read more

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Can leg ankle swelling caused by dehydration?

Can leg ankle swelling caused by dehydration?

Leg swelling: Dehydration can certainly affect kidney function which may then have an affect on your swelling. Also problems with your venous network or heart can cause swelling. Have it checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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I already have leg & ankle swelling should I take cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

I already have leg & ankle swelling should I take cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

No: You should only start an antibiotic as potent as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) under the direction of a physician. Have your doc evaluate the swelling first. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg swelling, ankle swelling and knee pain. The following also describe me: Obesity and Knee pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg swelling, ankle swelling and knee pain. The following also describe me: Obesity and Knee pain. What should I do?

Simple things first: Hi Minam,
Sorry to hear that you are experiencing struggles with your health. I am assuming that your symptoms have been going on for awhile? Or at least gradually worsening? If so, the best thing will likely be lifestyle improvement through developing healthy habits in areas of fitness, eating, sleep, and mental wellness. The emphasis is developing healthy habits, the results will come naturally. ...Read more

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I'm a female with with right side pelvic groin tenderness radiating down my leg with mild ankle swelling what could this be?

I'm a female with with right side pelvic groin tenderness radiating down my leg with mild ankle swelling what could this be?

Fibroids: This is something that needs to be examined sooner rather than later. Do not ignore the symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been told lupus arthritis in my hip is causing leg and knee pain. With outer ankle swelling. Can you explain why this would happen?

I've been told lupus arthritis in my hip is causing leg and knee pain. With outer ankle swelling. Can you explain why this would happen?

Soft tissue: Lupus also result in soft tissue inflammation and will result in joint swelling and joint pain and area of ankle lateral "outside" has couple tendons and ligaments with ankle joint inflammation these structure will try to stabilize the joint and then will get inflamed because they over work on inflamed joint and resulting in inflamed structurs ...Read more

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I am experiencing ankle swelling, leg tenderness and lower leg pain. I am 45 days post op from foot surgery but it's my other foot that's swollen?

I am experiencing ankle swelling, leg tenderness and lower leg pain. I am 45 days post op from foot surgery but it's my other foot that's swollen?

Have it checked now.: There could be a couple of possible explanations but the one that could be potentially serious to your well being is a blood clot. Why not visit a local urgent care or emergency room for an evaluation before things get out of hand. ...Read more

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I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

One of the concerns: Is a clot, a bakers cyst is another that comes to mind. A clot is serious if present and needs to be dealt with immediately. The question is did you already have he ultrasound or not? If you didn't go get it done...And do not wait a week. If you did and it was negative, I would call the doctors office anyway explain your ina lot of pain and ask to be seen earlier.
Perhaps ice would help.... ...Read more

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Why does ibuprofen and naproxen cause ankle swelling, and meloxicam cause ankle and leg swelling? Should I get my kidneys checked?

Side effect: The nsaids have a side effect of retaining fluid and can cause a host of other bad problems.
They are not innocuous pills to be taken like candy. This fluid retention is a serious issue. And you need to avoid these medications

better to find ou what is toxic in your body that needs to be cleansed rather then take dangerous medication to cover symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes swelling of the ankles my right ankle swelled up from the inside up to the center of my leg. Excruciating pain and redness. The pain went away after two hours. Two days later my left foot started except only the ankle on the outside swelled wit

What causes swelling of the ankles my right ankle swelled up from the inside up to the center of my leg. Excruciating pain and redness. The pain went away after two hours. Two days later my left foot started except only the ankle on the outside swelled wit

In: In general, swelling that occurs in both feet/ankles simultaneously is usually the result of the body retaining fluid. It's the feet and ankles that swell only because gravity brings the fluid down there. It's not a symptom of something wrong with the feet or ankles, but rather some systemic condition that is causing fluid to be retained in the body. The 4 most common causes being an issue with either the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys.

But when one foot or ankle swells, it almost always means something is wrong with the foot or ankle, and it's not related to fluid retention. Also, fluid retention is not typically painful; certainly not "excruciating."

there are many reasons for an ankle to swell and become painful (i'm assuming there was no injury), and when you say first it was one ankle, then it went away, only to start up on the other ankle, i'd wonder about some kind of arthritic process of an inflammatory nature, like gout or rheumatoid arthritis. I suppose there is also the remote possibility you could have had a phlebitis in one leg which cleared up on its own, and then re-developed it on the other lower leg, but this is a stretch, to be honest.

My best advice is to have your primary care physician take a look at it. He or she will be able to rule-out certain conditions, order appropriate tests, and make an appropriate referral to a specialist, if needed. But I wouldn't ignore this. I would get it checked out.

Feel better. ...Read more

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I fell up stone steps and hit upper ankle. Swelling lump and tenderness with feeling of warmth. Can walk on it but is really sore. Is it broken?

I fell up stone steps and hit upper ankle. Swelling lump and tenderness with feeling of warmth. Can walk on it but is really sore. Is it broken?

Please get examined: With continued pain after a trauma, a physical exam and possible imaging studies are necessary to evaluate your condition. One could have a fracture and still be able to walk. Until being evaluated one can use RICE. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. ...Read more

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I have swollen ankles and my right leg I had a iregular heart beat 4 years ago I went and had a arterial abolation and every thing has been fine the swelling goes down over night I had a ultra sound for my heart and an akg about 3 weeks ago and every thi

I have swollen ankles and my right leg I had a iregular heart beat 4 years ago I went and had a arterial abolation and every thing has been fine the swelling goes down over night I had a ultra sound for my heart and an akg about 3 weeks ago and every thi

The: The good news is that your heart is not failing, which would have been detected on the ultrasound of your heart. When this occurs your heart does does pump blood effectively which ultimately results in fluid accumulation in your lower extremities.
As far as why you have swollen ankles/legs its hard to say. You may need to decrease your salt intake. Also if you have any pain, redness, or tenderness in your leg (s) then your doctor may need to do an ultrasound of your lower extremities in order to rule out blood clots.
I suggest you schedule a follow up visit with your doctor in order to investigate this problem further.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Why is my ankle swelling?

Why is my ankle swelling?

Many possibilities: Venous insufficiency, hypertension, kidney or cardiac issues, side effect of medications, h/o of ankle injury. There are many possibilities and hence a history and physical by your internist is a good idea. ...Read more

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How can I get my ankle swelling down?

How can I get my ankle swelling down?

Need to find cause: Then cause can be addressed. Elevation and compression will help but see physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does menopause cause ankle swelling?

Does menopause cause ankle swelling?

Not usually: Menopause by itself does not cause ankle swelling. If you have persistent swelling without injury, I would consult with my pcp. ...Read more

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I have unilaterla ankle swelling and redness, but there wasno injury. What should I do?

I have unilaterla ankle swelling and redness, but there wasno injury. What should I do?

Pain?: Depending on your medical history, this could be a lot of things. If there is pain and you are post menopausal, you could have gout. Other possible conditions include arthritis, diabetic charcot foot, infection (usually an open wound is associated with this), etc. There are many possibilities. If it continues to bother you, see your pcp for a referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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Does amlodipine cause ankle swelling?

Does amlodipine cause ankle swelling?

It can: Peripheral edema is a common side effect. ...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