The Causes of Swollen Ankles, Feet and Legs

Numerous conditions, including injuries, infections, heart disease, and pregnancy, can cause swollen ankles. The most common causes of swelling are edema or injury. Edema, a swelling brought on by an accumulation of extra fluid, is a medical term. The lower leg, ankles, and feet are particularly susceptible to it.

The best treatments are discussed in this article, which also looks at 12 reasons for swollen ankles.

Cellulitis and Injuries

Cellulitis is the name for bacterial skin infections. Diabetes patients are especially vulnerable to this kind of illness. Redness, heated skin, and quickly spreading swelling are just a few of the signs that cellulitis can produce. Cellulitis can occasionally be fatal if left untreated.

Antibiotics must be taken by those who have cellulitis. After receiving therapy for a few days, it is critical to inform a doctor if the swelling does not go down or worsens.

People who suffer injuries to their feet or ankles may develop inflammation there, which makes the area look bloated. Ankle sprains are frequent, comprising up to 40% of injuries sustained when participating in sports.

The following at-home remedies are suggested by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for sprained ankles:

  • resting
  • applying ice right away while wearing a thin layer of cloth
  • putting a dressing, bandage, or compression wrap
  • raising the foot above the heart
  • using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) [1], such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to lessen the pain and swelling
  • putting on a walking boot or brace to support the ankles