Swollen Ankles - Oedema
Swollen ankles, also known as oedema, is a common condition that many people experience at some point in their lives. Swelling can occur in one or both ankles and may be accompanied by pain or stiffness. While swollen ankles can be temporary and harmless, in some cases they may indicate an underlying medical condition. Here’s what you need to know about this condition:
Causes of Swollen Ankles
Swollen ankles can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Injury or trauma to the ankle
Overuse or strain of the ankle
Heart, kidney, or liver disease
Treatment of Swollen Ankles
Treatment for swollen ankles depends on the underlying cause. Here are some common treatments:
Rest: If swollen ankles are caused by overuse or injury, resting the affected ankle can help reduce swelling and pain.
Elevation: Elevating the affected ankle above heart level can help reduce swelling.
Compression: Wearing compression stockings or wraps can help reduce swelling.
Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications may be recommended to relieve pain or inflammation.
Lifestyle changes: Making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or weight can help improve circulation and reduce swelling.
Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the affected ankle.
When to Seek Medical Attention
While swollen ankles can be temporary and harmless, there are situations where medical attention is necessary. Seek medical attention if:
Swollen ankles occur frequently or persist for an extended period of time
Swollen ankles are accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Swollen ankles occur after an injury or fall
Swollen ankles are painful or affect your ability to walk or move around