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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What Can I Do About Swollen Ankles?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:37 AM

Question: My wife has had trouble off and on for years with swollen ankles. Is there anything that can be done for this condition?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Swollen ankles can be caused by many conditions. It is important you have your wife evaluated for her swollen ankles, so its cause can be identified and properly addressed. The most common cause of swollen ankles is from superficial venous insufficiency. This can lead to chronic skin changes or even ulcers and unsightly skin and pigment changes.

Support hose, weight management, and exercise to maintain calf muscle tone are the best ways to manage it. Vein stripping or laser surgical options are also available to some.

But it’s important to be sure your wife has no evidence of heart failure, lung disease, or deep vein disorder or thrombosis. A doctor should also be consulted to determine that the condition is due to circulatory problems and is not caused by a protein deficiency, lymphatic disorder, an obstruction from malignancy, or an arthritic or rheumatic disease.

The bottom line: It’s time for her to see a doctor for a focused evaluation for her swollen ankles.

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