If you get swollen ankles during the day, first talk to your doctor. A wide range of factors- ranging from mild to severe, can cause swelling.
Sluggish flow of lymphatic fluid or weakening valves in the legs are common causes. Many medications-including over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, and certain blood pressure drugs-can also cause swelling. Your doctor can assess whether the swelling might be a sign of kidney or heart disease, or if you could be helped by a medication change, compression stockings, or elevating your legs above your heart-try 30 minutes three to four times a day. If you stand or sit for long periods, try ankle exercises (e.g., pointing feet up and down several times an hour), walking around (every hour or so), and exercising your calf muscles. Reducing sodium intake may help, too.
If you notice sudden swelling in one leg, get emergency care immediately. It could be a blood clot.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018
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