What Causes the Swelling?
Sudden swelling or inflammation in the ankles (or feet and legs) is usually a result of a build-up of fluid in these areas caused by a number of different lifestyle and medical factors. It’s usually referred to as Oedema. The usual causes are:
- standing or sitting in the same position for too long
- eating too much salty food
- being overweight
- being pregnant
- taking certain medicines – such as some blood pressure medicines, contraceptive pills, antidepressants or steroids
But other, more serious factors, can cause sudden inflammation in the ankles, feet and knees, and should always be checked out by your GP.
- an injury (e.g. strain or sprain)
- an insect bite or sting.
- problems with your kidneys, liver or heart
- a blood clot or an infection.
What you can do to Ease Swelling
Hopefully the swelling should go down all by itself but there are a few things you can do to ease the discomfort and help get those fluids moving back around the body.
Try doing some gentle exercise, like walking or cycling to get the blood flowing.
Wear comfortable shoes without heels that don’t pinch or go above the ankle. Better still, get yourself a nice pair of slippers.
If the symptoms don’t improve
After a few days or if the selling gets worse the NHS recommendation is to consult your GP.
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