As we age we experience numerous changes in our bodies. We may gain a little bit of weight, we may lose some hair, or even gain some in rather strange places, we may lose our ability to complete certain tasks or we may experience slightly more sinister changes that are often attributed to the ageing process. Swelling ankles are often ignored by individuals, many ‘don’t want to make a fuss’ and therefore won’t discuss with their doctor the so called ‘minor’ things that they experience in certain situations. I’m here to tell you that the minor things might just be worth consideration.
The symptoms that individuals experience on a daily basis can be attributable to numerous things. Swollen ankles, especially in younger people, commonly as a result of an injury such as a collision or a twist leading to a build-up of fluid surrounding the affected area. Sometimes it can be due to a lack of circulation and is common in individuals that are overweight or have varicose veins.
Individuals can look to reduce swelling through losing weight, increasing activity, reducing inactive time and reducing the amount of time they are standing in the same position.
More seriously however, swelling ankles can be a sign of underlying health concerns including heart failure and kidney disease. Therefore it is vital that individuals who have unexplained ankle swelling seek advice from a medical professional. Although in most cases it’s something minor and easily treatable, in others it may well be something more serious. No need to panic, but always better safe than sorry.
Jack Barton (Researcher, Rescon Ltd)