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Swollen Ankles and Swollen Feet

Who is at risk for swollen ankles and swollen feet? (Continued)

  • Injury: any person with trauma to the foot or ankle
  • Diseases: Patients with heart disease (especially congestive heart failure), liver disease, kidney disease (all of these diseases can influence fluid mobilization in the body by physical, metabolic and electrolyte-water interactions)
  • Infection: any person infected, either localized (abscess) or diffuse (cellulitis)of the foot or ankle
  • Lymphedema: Persons with lymph vessel or lymph node blockage of lymph fluid, due to infections, trauma or surgical procedures
  • Blood clot(s): People with blockage of blood vessels (usually venous) that cause fluid to leak out of vessels into tissue

There are other causes that are less frequent and intermittent (for example, gout or hairline ankle fractures).

Reviewed on 8/31/2016

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