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Swelling in the ankles or feet is often not a serious symptom, but it can also be a sign of a serious illness. What are the possible reasons behind this offer? And how can it be reduced?
Many people may experience swelling in the ankles or feet, but this symptom is usually harmless. Swollen ankles are often caused by a lack of movement during the day, for example after standing or sitting for long periods of time.
This can occur to some extent in warm weather or by wearing uncomfortable shoes, but the body can send warning signals when there is a serious illness, in the form of swelling in the ankles or feet, according to the website. Deutsche Welle About the German medical site “Nettoctor”, which gave a presentation on the causes and methods of treating swollen ankles or feet.
Causes of swelling of the ankles or feet
Injuries or infections
Injuries (often sprains or fractures) and inflammation can increase the permeability of blood vessels, and this facilitates water buildup in the surrounding tissues and inflammation of the ankle.
Weight gain or intense physical activity
Excess weight gain (obesity) or strenuous physical activity prevents blood flow and accumulation to the heart, as well as excess fat cells in the body causing excessive water leakage into the surrounding tissues, then the lymphatic system is overloaded and unable to move fluid.
Pregnancy and hormonal changes
Hormonal changes such as pregnancy can often lead to swelling and pain in the legs and feet. This is because the body stores more fluid, which moves from the vessels to the surrounding tissues.
If you notice that only one ankle is swollen, it may be a sign that the blood clots are blocking the veins. The accompanying symptoms are usually pain, mild fever and discoloration of the skin. In such a situation, an emergency should be called immediately.
In some cases, swollen legs are a side effect of a serious illness. In bilateral ankle inflammation, there may be chronic heart failure, more accurately called right heart failure.
Kidney or liver diseases such as advanced cirrhosis can also cause inflammation in the legs and feet.
Ankle swelling can be a side effect of some medications. These medications include antidepressants, antihypertensives, corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Dealing with swollen ankles
If you have swelling in one ankle or foot, you may have a stroke and call 911 immediately.
If your ankle swells due to prolonged standing or high temperature, you can use simple home remedies. In general, it is always good to raise your legs.
As the cold constricts the blood vessels and stimulates the return of blood from the legs, the cold may also help, and a foot bath with soothing ingredients may be helpful.
Wearing support socks can prevent ankle swelling, especially if you have venous insufficiency.
If your legs continue to swell with other symptoms such as fever or shortness of breath, call 911.
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