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How do you know if your swollen ankles and feet are a serious problem?

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Swollen ankles and swollen feet are common and usually not cause for concern, particularly if you have been standing or walking a lot. But feet and ankles that stay swollen or are accompanied by other symptoms could signal a serious health problem, including:

  • Pregnancy complications
  • Foot or ankle injury
  • Lymphedema
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Heart, liver, or kidney disease
  • Medication side effects

From: Swollen Ankles and Feet WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "Swelling."

ArthritisToday.org: "What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?"

ArthritisToday.org: "Arthritis Treatment Timeline."

MedlinePlus: "Preeclampsia."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

National Lymphedema Network: "What Is Lymphedema?"

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine: "Chronic Venous Insufficiency."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Varicose Veins."

De Moines University Clinic: "Diabetic Foot Care."

USC Center for Vascular Care: "Varicose Veins and Venous Disease."

Yale University Cushing/Whitney Medical Library: "Heart Disease Symptoms."

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine: "Congestive Heart Failure."

MedlinePlus: "Foot, Leg, and Ankle Swelling."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 30, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Swelling."

ArthritisToday.org: "What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?"

ArthritisToday.org: "Arthritis Treatment Timeline."

MedlinePlus: "Preeclampsia."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

National Lymphedema Network: "What Is Lymphedema?"

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine: "Chronic Venous Insufficiency."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Varicose Veins."

De Moines University Clinic: "Diabetic Foot Care."

USC Center for Vascular Care: "Varicose Veins and Venous Disease."

Yale University Cushing/Whitney Medical Library: "Heart Disease Symptoms."

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine: "Congestive Heart Failure."

MedlinePlus: "Foot, Leg, and Ankle Swelling."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 30, 2019

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