one ankle swollen more than the other - venous insufficiency or something else?
I noticed a week ago in the evening that my left ankle looked a little swollen. It could’ve been that way for a long time, it’s just that I hadn’t noticed it before. Since that day I’ve been paying much closer attention to both my ankles and I can definitely say that my left ankle swells up more than the right. They’re both slightly smaller first thing in the morning and by evening the left one is definitely much puffier than the right. If I press real hard on them they leave a dent. Went to my primary doctor a couple of days ago and he disregarded water retention saying pressing on it does not leave a dent…..but it definitely does, he did not press hard enough I think. My socks leave rings around my ankles even first thing in the morning (so maybe I’m swollen all the time?) I can also say that the swelling definitely does not go down completely after a full night’s rest as the left ankle is still puffier than the right in the morning.
My question is could this be caused by heart issues? If one ankle swells up more than the other could it be something else like venous insufficiency or gout? I don’t have varicose veins but my mom does and ever since I can remember she’s had them.
Since my primary care doctor couldn’t tell what it was and didn’t recommend any tests, I saw a podiatrist today thinking it could be something specific to my ankles. He took one look and told me I need to see a vascular doctor or a cardiologist. He said it could be venous insufficiency.
Anyone have any ideas? Someone’s advice is appreciated
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.