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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I have been suffering from swollen and discolored foot. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I fell during my netball game last week, and my ankle cracked and became swollen. So I went to the hospital and had an X-ray done. They did not examine me because they thought my ankle was not fractured. But today I cannot move my foot as it is swollen, and I also noticed discoloration...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. This is an ankle sprain. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Keep the leg elevated. Use ankle stirrup brace. Apply ice pack thrice daily for two days. Take tablet Piroxicam (nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug)...  Read Full »

I have pain, discoloration, and swelling in my left ankle. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I hurt my left ankle two days ago, which is still swollen and slightly discolored. I have pain when I walk, especially when I twist or extend my foot. I have been resting, icing, and taking painkillers, which have helped reduce the swelling to some extent but not completely. Kindly hel...  Read Full »


Dr. Abdul Rasheed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I reviewed your history and the images you have attached (attachment was removed to protect the patient's identity). Unfortunately, you have sprained the lateral side of your left ankle. The discoloration is due to the bruise, which indicat...  Read Full »

Swollen ankles in lower feet with stretchy and tight skin. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom has swollen ankles in her lower feet. The skin is stretchy and tight. When you touch it, it is warm. Does she have edema?  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, she has a sort of edema. It is fluid retention in the ankles. Take less of salts and a low sodium diet. Please get all the investigations done like heart echo and blood tests, kidney tests. You may take a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory as well as it...  Read Full »

My wife has reddish swollen knee due to an insect bite. How to manage it?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife was bitten behind her knee, probably by an insect (we did not see what it was) in the house. We have recently moved to this place, so I am not sure what it could be. After the incident in the evening, the area behind her knee was swollen. By the following day, it had expanded,...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. I saw the attached files (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). My findings are the following. 1. I can see a pale area behind the knee and swollen ankle in comparison to the right ankle....  Read Full »

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 »

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