Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Are My Ankles Suddenly Swelling?

Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 11:06 AM


Question: Suddenly, my ankles swell constantly. When I walk on the treadmill, the swelling disappears. My blood pressure is always between 125/80 to 135/80. Should I get it checked out?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Get this checked out to be on the safe side. Although swelling of feet or ankles that disappears with exercise is most often related to venous pooling, you should be evaluated for underlying conditions since the swelling is new.

Veins serve as the conduit for returning blood to the heart. Some medical conditions (heart failure, lung disease, clotting disorders, kidney disease) affect the volume of fluid retained, and these conditions are the reason you should seek medical evaluation.



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