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What Is Causing My Partner's Swollen Ankles and Feet?

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 10:26 AM

Question: My 78-year-old partner has suddenly developed swollen ankles and feet. He's reduced his salt intake and started drinking more water. He is a little overweight. Any suggestions? I'm afraid I have little faith in American medicine.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Vascular (blood vessel) disease will very often cause swollen ankles and feet, but they can also be caused by other problems including arthritis, infections, and nutritional deficiencies. An evaluation of the feet with attention to the nerves and the blood vessels supplying these nerves is required.

Once the problem is isolated by a health professional, a search for its cause is advised. Do not wait for things to worsen or go away, they usually do not leave until the underlying problem is properly addressed.

My advice is to seek out a doctor you can trust. Swelling of both ankles and feet requires a physical exam and assessment to properly address and treat the cause. Do not delay consultation as some of the causes of this are quite serious.

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