Swelling. The term swelling means increased fluid in the area. This can be fluid retention from high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney, thyroid, or other gland disorders, if the swelling is painful and only at the ankle, with ankle tenderness, it could be arthritis.
Big or small. Ankle swelling can simply come from fluid overload, hypertension, or heart conditions. In this case, it is usually both ankles that are swollen. If if is one ankle that is swollen then it can be a sign of many potential nlle issues from a sprain to arthritis.
Right heart strain. This is usually related to right heart strain from lung disease or from pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the pulmonary vascular bed). Patients with advanced copd/emphysema develop increased pressure in their lungs which causes the right side of the heart to dilate/enlarge. This in turn causes fluid retention in the legs/ankles (known as edema).
Depends. Sometimes, people with emphysema had elevated pressure in the lungs due to the destruction of lung tissue. When this happens, it is harder to pump blood through the lungs, and it backs up in the legs and ankles. But, there are also other reasons why this would occur, including heart conditions and even side effects from medications. Definitely get checked out.
Right heart failure. The right side of the heart pumps blood into the lungs to be oxygenated and for carbon dioxide removal. If the pulmonary vascular pressures are high, as sometimes happens with lung disease like copd, the right heart may not be able to effectively pump the blood into the lungs. This blood then is the reason for fluid retention, including ankle swelling.
Ankle swelling cause. Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is common with the following situations: being overweight blood clot in the leg, calcium channel blockers, increased age, leg infection, varicose veins in the legs, congestive heart failure as well as kidney failure, among other causes. See a physician to find out what is causing the ankle swelling for a treatment. Plan and a cure. Good luck.
Yes. Particularly if they are compressive graduated.