What Causes Pain And Swelling In The Ankles?
it's probably what your doctor said
although the most likely answer is what your doctor said, some investigation is required. Fairly common things to consider include the following:
- venous insufficiency: an ultrasound scan of the veins should suffice to prove or exclude it. Other signs of this disorder include distended and tortuous veins.
- heart failure: swollen legs is one of the signs of heart failure. Shortness of breath is another, but since your cardiologist says that your heart is OK this is out of the question.
- low albumin (usually caused by renal or liver problems) : in such cases there should be a history of renal disorder with proteinuria or liver cirrhosis.
Elevation of the legs (above the level of the heart) is the most helpful way to reduce swelling. Ice won't help much if at all. The compression stockings are helpful but they're hard to bear with.
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