Patient Comments: Swollen Ankles and Feet - Causes


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Comment from: rmbr343, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I have had two bouts of gout in my left big toe. The pain has subsided (thank goodness) but the joint is still swollen to three times its normal size. Now my left foot is staying swollen. I'd been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease years ago and stopped going to my nephrologist because I owed them several hundred dollars. Now, after reading that the swelling could be caused by my kidneys worsening I'm very concerned. I've contacted a new nephrologist and will hopefully be seeing them very soon!

Comment from: grammadonnamae, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 21

My left foot and ankle are swollen. It is a recent symptom. I have had iliac artery stents for 5 years and last March the doctor put in new ones due to partial blockage. I wonder if something could be wrong with the stent on the left side.

Comment from: morgan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

My right ankle is swollen. I suspect it is because of taking amlodipine high blood pressure tablets.

Comment from: E Suzy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

As soon as I was diagnosed with diabetes and put on metformin my feet and ankles started to swell every evening. They are very swollen for only taking one 500 mg tablet daily.

Comment from: Geoyce, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 02

I have continuous swelling in my left ankle and foot for almost a year. I tried wearing the Copper Fit socks on both feet and the tingling in my left foot stopped. I lost quite a bit of weight in the past five years and stopped taking NSAIDs (Aleve) just before the swelling started. I had to start taking them again because of pain in my back and knees which require the use of a cane. The pain is getting worse. Before I quit nearly a year ago I'd been taking Aleve for about ten years. I'm concerned about the swelling because it's associated with congestive heart failure.

Comment from: robiin, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 29

My left foot toes and ankle swell so much it is painful. Ice helps a little, sometime it is swollen to my knee. I have cut down salt and started taking water pills but they really don't help. I have an old injury on my knee and it is bone to bone but I don’t think it causes this type of swelling.

Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I have had severely swollen (pitted edema) feet and ankles up to almost the tops of calves for several weeks now. I am on steroid and hydromorphone pain medications due to treatment for brain tumors. I had 10 radiation treatments which finished two weeks ago. I was put on a stronger diuretic two weeks ago which has helped somewhat. The steroid dose has been reduced which has also helped somewhat. I have an appointment to see my family doctor about this in a couple of days. I was having labored breathing on exertion (i.e. walking) but have not been out the last few days. I have gained 10 lb. which I believe is mostly the fluid accumulation but could also be partly fat accumulation in my belly/waist from the steroids as I gained 4 to 5 inches on my waist!

Comment from: Klay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

It's called edema and it depends if it's 'pitting' or not. When you push on swollen area and it does not fill in quickly it is pitting edema, which is what I have and led to my diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

Comment from: vahini, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Obesity and sitting long hours caused my ankles to swell.

Comment from: susie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I have rheumatoid arthritis and my feet and ankles swell all the time. I drink lots of water, but I retain fluids. I am taking fluids too.

Comment from: sara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

The last couple of weeks I have noticed my ankles, feet, and calves have been swelling up. I work in an office so I sit most of the day, but I have worked here for over 4 years and this just started. They get so swollen up the only shoes I can wear are flip flops and it's cold where I live right now, not flip flop season yet. I'm starting to get worried because I've had this happen before, and they are really swollen up.


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Comment from: Kiddo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I have no injury but have swelling in my ankle for 1 week.


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