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What causes a lipoma in an ankle ?

I have always had a puffy area around both ankles. I always thought it was fluid even though I was thin. Now I am obese at 5 3 and 185lbs. The fat around my left ankle is large and is growing. The right ankle remains the same. I was told it was a fatty tumor as it was unable to drain. How common is this? I am scheduled to have it removed as it putting pressure on my ankle and I also have torn a tendon. Is this common?
Asked On : Sun, 29 May 2011
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  Anonymous's Response
I have a torn tendon (diagnosed by ultrasound) and a large lipoma pressing on it (outside ankle area too). In addition to that, I have a strain (which keep swelling) of the ligament on the front of same ankle bone. Cannot wrap the ankle for the strain because of that lipoma on the underside of the same ankle bone.

I cannot wear a closed shoe or socks; fortunately it's summer now.

I'll do everything I can to avoid surgery.
Answered: Sun, 29 May 2011
General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi,
We should find out that swelling at your ankle is really a lipoma or caused by torn tendon at ankle.
Lipoma is a common condition and by surgery it is alright but before this you make sure of lipoma and it is not due to torn tendon.
ok and bye.
Answered: Sun, 29 May 2011
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