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Causes of Swollen Ankles

Swelling in the ankles, also known as edema, is not uncommon and has many causes. A sprained ankle is one of the most common causes of a swollen ankle, as are sitting for prolonged periods, airplane travel, pregnancy, and obesity. Certain medications may contribute to swelling in the ankles. Among them are medication for blood pressure, anti-inflammatory drugs, and anti-allergy remedies. Certain hormonal therapy drugs and antidepressants may also generate swelling in the ankle. More seriously, swollen ankles can be caused by a number of underlying health conditions such as a blocked lymphatic system, arthritis, and blood clots. Preeclampsia, a common and potentially dangerous condition among pregnant women, can be indicated by a sudden swelling in the ankles. Congestive heart failure, as well as liver or kidney dysfunction, are other serious causes of swollen ankles. If you are unsure what is causing swelling in the ankles, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a thorough exam.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Lakeside Foot and Ankle Center. Our practitioners will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Leesburg and The Villages, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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