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Why Are My Ankles Swollen?

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 00:00

Ankle swelling can be painful and a cause for concern. There are many reasons that your ankle may be swollen. An injury to the foot or ankle, such as a sprain, can cause swelling, as well as pain, tenderness, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected leg. Infections can also cause swelling, and should be treated immediately to avoid serious complications. Venous insufficiency, a circulatory problem in which the veins don’t transport an adequate amount of blood from the legs back to the heart, may cause swelling and skin discoloration, and make infections and ulcers more likely. Other possible reasons that your ankles may be swollen include pregnancy, blood clots, systemic conditions such as liver and kidney disease, and taking certain medications. If you have swollen ankles and are unsure of the cause or are experiencing pain and discomfort, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Boerne, Hondo, and Devine, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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