Why Are Your Ankles Swollen? 9 Causes, Danger Signs, Treatment and FAQs

When the body holds on to too much fluid, it collects in the legs and ankles due to gravity. Swollen ankles can be caused by pregnancy, heart disease & overuse. Read below on swollen ankles or swelling of one ankle causes and treatment. We will also review the difference between one vs both ankles swelling.

Questions your doctor may ask about swollen ankles

  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Are you having any difficulty walking?

Self-diagnose with our free Buoy Assistant if you answer yes on any of these questions.

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Ankle swellingPosted July 1, 2020 by S.

Female, age 80 yrs old. Swollen ankles. One day while I was in a store, my feet started burning and were swollen. I looked down and they were red halfway up my leg—as if I had on red stockings. It would come and go and my feet felt like they were on fire. Any ideas as to what the problem is? I went to the doctor and he took me off of a heart medication that I had been on for years with no problems. I stopped the medication but that has not resolved the situation.

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