I've had swelling with the right ankle and calf for about 7 months.I've been to the doctor several times and he prescribed furesomide 20mg,it stayed the same so he changed the dose to 40mg.My ankles are still pretty much the same.All along I have been on a low sodium diet,I'm 5ft 7 and weigh 150 lbs,I eat healthy,exercise,and drink at least 8 glasses of water,I'm 40 and I'm getting very frustrated with this swelling.What could be causing this? Also I want to know if I should see a speciallist of some kind.I want some answers.What kind of tests could be done?
Common causes of ankle swelling include traumatic injury such as an ankle sprain or a fracture,gout (accumulation of uric acid crystals within the fluid of your ankle),ankle arthritis,infection (cellulitis or septic joint), problems with blood flow like DVT(can impair normal circulation and lead to swelling around the ankles),pregnancy, obesity, and varicose veins.
Edema can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels, but many other factors can contribute to its onset, including: Eating a poor diet high in salt and carbohydrates , abusing laxatives,diuretics, drugs, sodium retention, varicose veins, allergic reactions and neuromuscular disorders.
Elevate the effected leg and wear leg wedges while sleeping, support socks and proper fitting shoes and socks.
Also indulge in moderate exercises like walking, avoid prolonged standing and avoid sitting with the feet dependent.Decrease salt intake and drink plenty of water.
If the edema persists or continues to worsen, please consult a physician.
Hope this information helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.
Copyright 1994-2016MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
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.