10 Swollen Ankles Symptoms

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Reviewed: dr. stavarache
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Ankle swelling is a common condition in older people, during pregnancy and after long periods of standing or sitting in one position. Swollen ankles may be caused by diet or hormones, and in many cases, the buildup of fluid that causes ankles to swell is harmless and temporary.

However, swollen ankles may be a symptom of a larger issue. Heart disease, blood clots or injuries may also cause swelling. When a person notices their feet and ankles swelling, they should monitor future symptoms to determine if the cause is temporary or if they may need medical attention.1‘Swollen Ankles, Feet and Legs (oedema).’ Nhs.uk, 19 Oct. 2017, www.nhs.uk/conditions/oedema/

Puffy Feet and Ankles

Puffy skin may be the most visible symptom of swollen ankles, and swelling is commonly more noticeable in the lower extremities. The line from the calf to the base of the foot may have a more smoothed-over appearance as the swelling of the tissue beneath the skin obscures the shape of the ankle.

This puffiness is caused by a fluid buildup beneath the skin. The effects of gravity, age and hormones may cause more fluid than normal to accumulate in the area around the ankle. The skin may feel puffier and less solid.1‘Swollen Ankles, Feet and Legs (oedema).’ Nhs.uk, 19 Oct. 2017, www.nhs.uk/conditions/oedema/

Swollen Ankles

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