Swollen Feet and Ankles: Causes & Symptoms

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When you have swollen feet and ankles, it can be quite painful, and you may experience embarrassment or discomfort without any idea of what is causing the issue.

What are Swollen Feet and Ankles?

The swollen area may be around the heel and ankle bones, the top of the foot, and the space above the ankle. The area may be puffy and sensitive to the touch, and this swelling can often be extreme – even doubling the standard diameter and shape of your ankle or foot. Obviously, this is a concerning situation for many people. This condition is also called edema, although that is a more general term that is described as an excess of watery fluids collecting in the tissues and cavities of the body.

A man's swollen ankle tied up with a black color crepe bandage


There are many common causes of ankle and foot swelling, some of which are more serious than others. Let us look at the most common causes of ankle and foot swelling:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Pregnancy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Achilles’ tendonitis
  • PMS
  • Deep vein thrombosis


While the basic visible symptoms are bad enough, there are secondary symptoms of this condition, which should also be handled, and used to determine the root cause of the swelling. Some of these symptoms may include:

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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