10 Reasons Why You May Have Swollen Ankles & Feet

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Are you worried that you have swollen ankles and feet and have no idea why? Well, swollen ankles and feet are quite common especially if you have been standing for a while or wearing shoes that are not so comfortable. However, if you realize that they are swollen for a while and are accompanied by other symptoms, it is best that you get checked by a doctor.

There are times when it is just a minor complication, but there are times when it is dangerous. So how do you know? Here is a guide on some of the reasons why your ankles and feet may be swelling. With this guide, you can be able to tell whether you need to take any further action or just wait for them to heal.

Pregnancy

In most cases, pregnant women are prone to swollen feet and ankles. It usually begins after the third month since as the baby grows, the more it presses on the pelvic veins which alter your circulation. Also, during pregnancy, your body is prone to producing excessive hormones such as relaxin which is known to cause foot joints and pelvic to enlarge.

The swelling gets even worse when the temperatures are high and during the last trimester when the baby is fully grown. In the case of blisters during pregnancy, you need not worry because it is normal but if you notice abnormal swellings like on the face, feel free to contact a doctor.

Too much Weight

According to research, people who are overweight or obese are known to experience this problem. They are too heavy which puts too much pressure on the legs. According to science, if you are overweight, your belly has too much fat which compresses circulation and thus swelling. So, if you are overweight, it is time you cut some weight by doing some exercises.

Injury

Sometimes, you might get injured while playing a game or while exercising. So, if you happen to have feet and ankle swelling after an injury, then that is the cause. It may heal after a while but if it doesn’t, seek medical attention.

Medication

As you know, some medicines have side effects, and this might be one of the side effects. For example, pills for diabetes such as Actos and Avandia have the side effect of swollen legs and ankles. Also, heart medicines such as vasodilators can also cause swelling. In most cases, the medication prevents sodium from being eliminated from the body, and that causes severe swelling.

Tight Clothing

If you are used to wearing very tight jeans or clingy clothes, you might experience swelling since too much pressure is put on the muscles preventing normal circulation.

Insect Stings

Are you allergic to insect bites? If you are, you will not only get an itching feeling but also, you will experience swelling in the bitten area.

Infection

Feet and ankle swelling can be caused by an infection called Cellulitis. It is a bacteria that habitually affects the lower limbs. Swelling due to infections can be painful and severe if not treated and so, seek medical attention once you notice the disease.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are blood vessels which are expanded and visible. If you have this veins, then there is a probability of getting swollen feet and ankles.

Burned Wounds

If you are burnt by either hot water or scorching sun, you may experience some swelling. If you notice any blisters, make sure to seek medical attention before it is too late.

Vein Thrombosis

Vein Thrombosis is a condition that is usually associated with sitting down for long hours like during a flight. So, if you get swellings after a long time of inactivity, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Remember: It is important that you seek medical attention if the swellings persist.

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Jennifer has been a health writer and editor for 7 years. She has contributed to many national magazines and web sites, including Fitness, Health, Reader Digest, Shape and many more.

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