What Are The Causes Of Swollen Legs Ankles – Peripheral Edema

Swollen ankles, feet and legs, referred to medically as peripheral edema, occur when fluid is retained in the spaces between body cells. Peripheral edema of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among elderly people. While edema typically affects the feet, ankles and lower legs, it can also affect any area of the body too.

Edema can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels, but many other factors can contribute to its onset, including:

– Abusing diuretics
– Abusing drugs extensively
– Eating a poor diet high in salt (sodium) and carbohydrates
– Pregnancy and PMS
– Neuromuscular disorders
– Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy pills
– Varicose veins and history of phlebitis
– Allergic reactions
– Trauma

Other causes of swollen legs, ankles can be due to:
– Prolonged standing
– Blood clot
– Leg infection
– Insect bite or sting
– Starvation or malnutrition

Ask a podiatrist.

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