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What causes swelling of legs and ankles?

By Anonymous June 3, 2017 - 12:57pm
 
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Anonymous

Mainly my left ankle swells but sometimes the right only when I am on the boat. This past week very little humidity.

August 14, 2017 - 5:19am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi,

I can't say why it happens mostly on the boat. See your doctor if it persists.

Helena

August 14, 2017 - 3:23pm
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Anonymous

Just finished moving after 9 days straight. Now the tendons in my ankles and up the back of my ankle is killing me. Going barefoot helps more than putting on a shoe. I only weigh 104. NEVER had this happen before. Have kept elevated for 4 days to no avail. I am 58.

July 6, 2017 - 10:16am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi,

Moving is hard. Being on your feet and doing things you don't normally do. Warm compresses might help, alternating with ice. Ibuprofen is good for pain and inflammation. If you are not better soon, I would see your doctor. There might be something more going on than a strained muscles or tendons.

Helena

July 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Guide

Hi, Anon.

Thank you for your message.

*Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is also known as peripheral edema, which refers to an accumulation of fluid in these parts of the body.

Some causes for leg and/or ankle swelling may be caused by weight. Excess body mass can decrease blood circulation, causing fluid to build up in the feet, legs, and ankles. Standing or sitting for long periods. When the muscles are inactive, they can't pump body fluids back up toward the heart. The retention of water and blood can cause swelling in the legs. An injury of some sort can cause the foot or ankle to swell.

Read more here: http://www.healthline.com/symptom/swollen-ankle

Helena

June 3, 2017 - 2:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Be had swelling nh in my feet & ankles since about April of this year. I can draw no cnclusion as to what triggers this. Can you help me? I als have bad bad cramps along with this & without the swelling. I have had 6 snail surgeries & have a bad case of fibromyalgia.

June 23, 2017 - 10:18am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi,

You need to see a doctor for an evaluation, it's the only way to find out what is causing this. It can be many things.

Helena

June 23, 2017 - 8:23pm
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