Swollen Ankles

Ankle and foot swelling can result from a variety of conditions, such as fractures and sprains. It may also be a manifestation of certain systemic conditions such as heart, kidney, or liver disease.

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Is my swollen ankle that got twisted while running sprained or fractured?

Query: Hello doctor, While running, I twisted my ankle and heard a crack sound. It is swollen. Is it sprained or fractured? Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Suman Saurabh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would be happy to help. I have seen the pictures you have shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is difficult to assess if it is a sprain or a fracture by looking at the picture. However, if you can bear weight...  Read Full »

My ankle got twisted after I fell from the skateboard. Do I have swelling on the outer side of my foot due to a broken ankle joint?

Query: Hello doctor,I fell off a skateboard 2.5 hours ago and landed on my ankle, which got twisted by 90 degrees. It is slightly swollen, and the swelling is about one and a half inches in diameter on the outer side of my foot. It pains when I press the swelling and the edge of the malleolar and midfoot. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern, and I feel sorry for such acute discomfort you are having. Therefore, I will guide you regarding your problem. Thank you.  Read Full »

What is the reason for edema of both feet and ankles?

Query: Hello doctor, I am regularly taking 6 oz of warm water with half a slice of a medium-sized lemon and one medium spoon of honey right in the morning for the last 15 days. Whatever be the benefits, I find my arthritic knee pains have slightly increased along with edema of both feet and ankles and pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have mentioned that you are suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (AS) with osteoarthritis. But, you have not mentioned which DMARD (disease-modifying antirheumatic drug) you are taking. Anyways, I would suggest the following. NSAIDS (non-...  Read Full »

What causes a swollen ankle to turn dark red?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 77 years old. He is suffering from swollen ankles. His redness on the swollen area has turned into dark red. He is not diabetic. He had a stroke before few years and he has undergone a liver operation due to cancer eight years back. He does not have fever, chills, or dizzi...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your father is having cellulitis or joint effusion due to hepatic insufficiency. If his limbs are warm, then it shows cellulitis and so it needs immediate treatment. If his limbs are cold in the affected area without fever, then it can be due to eczema or purpura, or ra...  Read Full »

I have sudden ankle swelling and pain. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, Patient's left leg is swollen at ankle with severe pain at the joint for the past 10 days. He is unable to walk regularly as before. He has taken antibiotic and still the pain remains the same. Patient has done x-ray and blood test and everything seems to be fine. There is no accident...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I guess you are talking about your father here in this query. Acute or sudden onset of ankle pain in a 61 year old male, who was previously healthy, can be due to many reasons such as: Cellulitis. Ankle sprain. Tendinitis. Synovitis of the ankle joint. Retrocalcaneal burs...  Read Full »

Why is there swelling in the ankles after a flight travel?

Query: Hello doctor, I just had a flight and have swollen ankles on both legs. I have attached the photos. The swelling is tender and no pain or redness. I just had a check-up one week ago, and all my blood reports are normal. My standard medications are: For HP, Irbesartan 150 mg a day and Metoprolol 50 m...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the photos. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is a common problem not only after the flight but also after prolonged traveling. It occurs due to prolonged immobilization, and due to increased blood circulation and decreased venous re...  Read Full »

I broke my ankle. Can the surgery be done after three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently broke my ankle playing soccer. I went to the hospital right away and the doctors set me up and place me in a cast and told me I will have to do surgery. Six days later they told me that the next available surgery date is in the next three weeks. Is it fine to wait that long...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am thinking that the ankle may have been too swollen to operate and that is why they delayed the surgery to allow the swelling to go down which can take a week to 10 days. Did they not clearly say so? Three weeks itself is a long time I think. It may be a systemati...  Read Full »

I have high BP and my ankles are swollen after I get up from bed. How long can I walk?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34 years old, male and I am suffering from high BP and my creatinine level is 1.57. I am daily walking, my ankles are swelling once I get up from bed. So, now I have stopped. If I have to walk, up to how many kilometers can I walk, what kind of food I should take, whether this d...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your weight is also slightly high. So you also need weight reduction. So avoid oily and spicy food. Avoid junk food. Avoid large meals, ins...  Read Full »

I am six months pregnant and I have swollen feet and ankles. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I am six months pregnant. I have swollen feet and ankles. It hurts when water runs over them. I also have lower back pain and some dizziness. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A pregnant woman usually has edema (swollen lower extremities) especially if she has been standing quite long. However, it is never tender but just heavy. It spontaneously resolves when she places her feet at least two pillows higher than her body or only by little e...  Read Full »

I am attaching my Doppler report taken for swollen ankle. Please give your opinion.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 39-year-old male with a history of hypertension. My BP medication was changed for the past six months and doctor put me on Metosartan 50, and Amlodipine 5 mg. For four to five weeks, my ankle joints are swollen. I went to an orthopedic, and he asked for a venous Doppler lower li...  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your Doppler report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Before making the diagnosis, I want a few things pertaining to your problem, like your complaining of swelling of both ankles joints like on and off. 1. Do you have a fever w...  Read Full »

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