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Ankle Swelling – What does it mean?

Ankle Swelling – What does it mean?

Many people complain of ankle swelling at the end of a workday. Usually, this would go away with rest and is not a cause for concern. But if you are suffering from ankle swelling and pain, especially recurring pain, you may have a torn ligament and delayed swelling.

An experienced podiatrist can examine your ankle and diagnose the cause of your ankle swelling and treat it to relieve pain and prevent further damage.

If you’ve been on your feet all day, or you’ve been on a long flight, fluid can accumulate around your legs.

Seniors may experience painless swelling of the ankles due to poor circulation. Pregnant women may have swollen ankles and are advised not to be on their feet for long periods.

Other possible causes of swollen ankles include –


  • Sitting with feet dangling or standing, for a long period of time – If your typical day involved prolonged sitting or standing, wear well-designed shoes that support your feet. Stretch every once in a while, to keep the blood flowing. Ask your podiatrist for custom orthotics.
  • Blood clot obstruction in the lower extremities – If you suspect this, you must consult your doctor immediately.
  • Venous insufficiency or vascular disease – This is a condition in which your veins aren’t doing their job efficiently. Seek medical attention right away.
  • Infection in the lower extremities, like cellulitis
  • Obesity
  • Gout
  • Water retention
  • Pelvic Surgery – Liquids draining down into your legs may cause ankle swelling
  • Increased age
  • Medications, like calcium channel blockers, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, steroids, and hormone replacement therapy can cause ankle swelling
  • Foot injury – You might have injured your foot without realizing it. This injury could be a fractured bone or torn ligament/tendon. Or a past injury that has healed may have left scar tissue that is causing the swelling.

Regardless of the reason for your ankle swelling, you must seek urgent medical attention to have it examined and treated.

If you are looking for the best foot orthotics treatment or foot doctor in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, call Oasis Foot and Ankle Clinic at 602-993-2700 Now.

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