If your shoes and socks won’t fit because of ballooning feet or ankles,
consider these potential causes. You might especially notice the foot or ankle
swelling at the end of a long day, or if you’ve been sitting for hours at your
desk or gaming.
Go through this list for some idea of what’s behind the problem.
1. Foot injury – Some
swelling is to be expected if you twist or sprain your ankle or break a bone in
your leg or foot. This will reduce naturally as you heal. The recommendation
your physio will probably give for a sprain is rest, ice, compression and
2. Insect bites or
stings – If you’re allergic to insect bites or get bitten by a swarm of
mosquitoes or fleas, the area may be not only itchy, but also swollen.
3. Burn wounds – Spilling boiling water on your legs or even too much time in the sun can cause
a painful burn which may be accompanied by some swelling. If there are blisters
or the skin is very red and sore, get medical attention.
4. Tight clothing –
Very tight-fitting skinny jeans and other clingy clothes can put too much
pressure on your muscles and prevent normal circulation.
5. Infection –
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that often affects the lower legs. It can
be serious if left untreated, so if the swollen skin is red and painful or you
have symptoms such as fever or muscle aches, get to a doctor.
6. Arthritis, including gout –
Joint swelling is a common symptom experienced by arthritis sufferers, and
anyone who has gout in their feet knows the throb of a painfully swollen
7. Deep vein
thrombosis – this is a commonly known side effect of sitting for long periods,
for example during long flights. If you have swelling or pain after a long
period of inactivity, get it checked out.
8. Varicose veins –
Blood vessels that are dilated and visible can cause symptoms such as pain,
swelling and itchiness.
Read: Leg vein health
9. Pregnancy – With a
big bump creating pressure in the abdomen, there can be swelling in the legs.
Bear in mind if this is sudden or extreme it could be a sign of a problem, so
check with your doctor that all is well.
10. Obesity – Carrying
a lot of extra weight can put pressure on your legs, ankles and feet and
contribute to swelling.
thyroid – Hypothyroidism is associated with fluid retention in the limbs and
even the face.
12. Heart, liver or
kidney failure – When the heart can’t pump blood properly, fluid can pool in
the lower legs, calling swelling. Likewise, failure of liver or kidney function
could cause fluid retention.
especially for chronic conditions, may cause swollen ankles. Examples may
include some medications for high blood pressure, depression and
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