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Swollen Ankles and Swollen Feet

Who is at risk for swollen ankles and swollen feet?

A large number of people are at risk for swollen ankles and feet. Below are listed the causes and those people at risk:

  • Dependent swelling (or edema): people who are standing or walking for extended periods like salespersons, mothers with children, construction workers, obese individuals, and individuals with underlying health problems (see below)
  • Pregnancy: most normal pregnant females, especially in the last trimester.
  • Medications (side effects): people taking anti-inflammatory drugs (steroids and NSAIDs), hormones, medications for people with diabetes, antidepressants, and many calcium channel blockers (anti-hypertensive and cardiac medications).
Reviewed on 8/31/2016

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