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Ankle swelling

Also known as Ankle Edema and Swollen Ankle

Peripheral edema is the swelling of tissues, usually in the lower limbs, due to the accumulation of fluids.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of ankle swelling are sprain or strain, fracture of the ankle, and injury of the ankle. Other possible causes, such as osteoarthritis, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with ankle swelling often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, application of splint, orthopedic casting, examination of foot, prothrombin time assay, physical therapy exercises and traction; splints; and other wound care .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with ankle swelling include iothalamate, factor ix complex (obsolete), dexbrompheniramine / pseudoephedrine, yellow fever vaccine, oxymorphone (opana), dexamethasone ophthalmic, didanosine (videx), dalteparin (fragmin), calamine topical, tetrahydrocannabinol (marinol), tazarotene topical and balsam peru/castor oil/trypsin topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for ankle swelling include .

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
1.3x
15-29 years
1.2x
30-44 years
1.2x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.7x
75+ years
0.9x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.0x
Other
0.9x
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