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Reasons for swollen ankle?

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BlackCatFan Tue 11-Jun-19 20:17:45


I'm not sure whether I'd be wasting my GP's time by trying to get an appointment.. but my ankle has been swollen for a few weeks, it started off slight with some aching now and then.. it would sort of go down, then up again. It's suddenly got worse over the last week or so, it's soft, not hard, like it's full of water - but not, it's spread from just my ankle to over the top of my foot as well.
I'm trying to elevate it, rest as much as possible, using tiger balm, using ankle support. Nothing helping so far, it feels warm to the touch but not all the time.. it's achey and sometimes itchy/tingly

Do you think I should visit gp? What usually causes a swollen ankle??

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SeaToSki Tue 11-Jun-19 21:42:48

Has something bitten you? Its strange that it should be doing this if you dont recall hurting it at all. I would try taking a full dose of piriton over night (in case its an allergic reaction to a bite) if that brings it down you know that you probably did get bitten by something and keep treating it with antihistamines. If it doesnt come down the definitely go to the GP

RubyViolet Tue 11-Jun-19 21:47:24

This just happened to me so would be interested in any answers. I thought mine were due to dehydration, had been on a flight to Rome and spent 4 days walking in the scorching heat. Probably didn’t drink enough water. Ankles were so swollen and even worse after the flight home, took 3/4 days to go back to normal.

glitterbiscuits Wed 19-Jun-19 21:50:07

Did you find out what it was @BlackCatFan ?

BlackCatFan Wed 19-Jun-19 23:06:50

@glitterbiscuits No I didn't. It's gone down a lot since, but still slightly swollen all the time. If it flares up again I'll see my GP I think.

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glitterbiscuits Thu 20-Jun-19 10:27:44

Thanks for the reply. I found your post as I thought my ankles were swollen too!

Thatsalovelycuppatea Thu 20-Jun-19 10:34:25

Did you get it checked? It could be a variety of things including Rheumatoid arthritis. It won't hurt to ask for a blood test to cover anything.

glitterbiscuits Thu 20-Jun-19 13:36:17

No, not yet. Varicose veins run in my family and mine are getting worse. I think that's what it may be connected to.
GP ( with a list of things) next week.

Tubbymissusmacqueen Thu 20-Jun-19 15:38:07

You should see a GP. Swollen ankles can be a sign of the heart not working efficiently.

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