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Possible causes of swollen ankle


Swollen feet and ankles are a common problem that most people experience at one time or other for a variety of reasons - most of which aren't serious. But, not infrequently, swelling of feet and ankles can be a sign of more serious health problems. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Possible causes of swollen ankle

  Possible causes of swollen ankle
Ankle Sprain
  • An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments
    that support the ankle. The ligaments are
    structures that control excessive movement of the
    joint. When an ankle sprain happens, the ligament
    is stretched too far, and is either partially or
    completely torn.

Broken Ankle
  • Ankle fractures also occur during slips on icy
    pavement, falls from a high place, or direct
    impacts to the ankle during a car crash or
    motorcycle accident. High-impact ankle injuries
    are especially dangerous if the bone pokes
    through the skin and is exposed to the air.

  • Gout is due to the accumulation of uric acid
    crystals within the fluid of your ankle.
  • People with gout abnormally accumulate uric acid
    crystals within joints, leading to inflammation
    and swelling.

Ankle Arthritis
  • Ankle arthritis is much less common than
    degenerative changes in other joints. However,
    ankle arthritis can occur and can be quite
    painful. Ankle arthritis is most common in
    patients with rheumatoid arthritis or in patients
    with a previous injury to the ankle joint.

  • Infection is an unusual cause of ankle swelling.
    Infections can either occur in the soft tissues
    around the ankle joint (cellulitis) or in the
    joint itself (septic joint). 

Vascular Obstruction
  • Numerous problems with blood flow can impair
    normal circulation and lead to swelling around
    the ankles. The most common cause of vascular
    obstruction is a blood clot, also known as a DVT.
    This type of vascular problem usually occurs in
    one leg (not both), and leads to swelling of the
    soft-tissues throughout the foot and ankle. 

Peripheral Edema
  • Peripheral edema is also a circulation problem,
    but is seen in both legs, not just one. Lower
    extremity edema can be due to aging of the veins
    leading to chronic swelling, as well as other
    conditions that can place pressure on the leg

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