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Should I Worry That My Ankles Look Swollen?

After a long day on your feet, it's not unusual to notice your ankles are puffy and swollen, a condition known as edema. When it’s an occasional problem with a clear reason, edema isn’t usually a cause for concern. 

If your ankles and feet frequently show signs of swelling that won't go away with rest, then there could be a reason to worry. It’s time for an examination and assessment with MD Vein & Skin Specialists.  

Dr. Clement Banda and his team routinely diagnose and treat the circulatory system problems that are often the reasons behind swollen ankles. Visit us when edema strikes. 

What is edema?

Any health issue that causes fluid retention can be called edema, which can happen anywhere in your body. Most commonly, though, it occurs in the lower legs and feet. Swollen ankles are typically the first and most noticeable place for edema to appear. 

Swelling occurs just under the skin, which could make the skin’s surface seem stretched and shiny. Pressing the swollen area for a few seconds could produce pitting, where the shape of your finger remains in the swollen tissue immediately after. 

Potential causes of swollen ankles

Occasional edema may result after a long day of walking or standing, a natural reaction to your exertion. Putting your feet up and resting for the night usually resolves the problem. You might also suffer from occasional mild ankle swelling due to an excess of salt intake, staying in one position for an extended time, experiencing premenstrual symptoms, or when you’re pregnant. 

When your ankle swelling is more frequent or permanent, it’s more likely a symptom of a medical condition. Common causes for edema affecting the ankles include: 

You may feel heaviness in your legs along with swollen ankles, or you may already have varicose veins, a visible sign of venous insufficiency. 

Complications of edema

Without treatment, edema could get worse, causing increased pain. Your risk of skin ulcers climbs, and wounds around your ankles and feet may take longer to heal. An infection becomes more likely, and movement of your ankle might become restricted, adding joint stiffness to your problems. 

Dr. Banda can diagnose why you experience swollen ankles, so call or click to schedule a consultation at MD Vein & Skin Specialists in Columbia, Maryland. We’re ready to develop a treatment plan for you, so book your visit today.

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