My left ankle and foot swollen

By sfbaez Latest Reply 2013-04-02 22:55:49 -0500
Started 2013-03-28 19:10:19 -0500

My left foot and ankle are so swollen i can barely tie my tennis shoe. Has anyone had this happen before? I am so sick of going to the doctors and I dont want to go. Any idea what might be going on? Doesnt hurt at all.

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sfbaez 2013-04-01 00:32:12 -0500 Report

Its late Sunday evening, I worked all weekend and with my flip flops on as I still cant get my shoe on. Good news this morning my foot was not as swollen as it has been. It still looks pretty big, but my husband said it looked alittle bit better. So that is making me feel much better.

sfbaez 2013-03-29 22:25:39 -0500 Report

I went to the doctor this morning, my leg was worse, and my dearest friend told me I couldnt come to work until I went to doctor. The dr checked my blood level AC1? I forget the name of the test, its to check the blood thinner pill I take. Anyway everything was fine, and the dr ordered a ultra sound and the results of that they told me within 15min. Everything ok, no blood clots or anything. Dr said the perscribe a very strong dieretic, and the swelling should go away soon. Only have 7 pills so I hope it will work. So far running to the restroom with no time for any interferences!!! I still say its not normal to wake up one morning and have your leg from the knee down so swollen you cant put your shoe on. This morning had no choice but to wear my flip flops, shoe isnt an option now!! My job is very understanding so I didnt have to work too terriably hard, (not that i ever do!!). I will keep you all posted on how the outcome is on this. Its still freaks me out. Thank you all for all your good advice and concern.

katcot2152 2013-03-30 22:23:33 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. My cardiologist increases my diuretic for 3 days, I run to the bathroom a lot, and the swelling goes down. My cardiologist also had prescribed TEDS - they are stockings that help push the fluid back up o it can be absorbed and eventually you get rid of it when you go to the bathroom. So, if the diuretics help that's great, but for longer term, you might consider asking your doctor to prescribe the TEDS (these are generally covered by insurance. you can get another kind over the counter(I think they are called JOBS, but insurance won't pay for them) - Plus when i went to the pharmacy to fill the TEDS prescription the first time, they had a nurse take measurements to ensure the proper fit. Also, watch your salt intake - that makes you retain even more fluid. I don't use table salt at all anymore. instead i use Mrs. Dash (they have quite a variety to choose from now) and have become pretty adept at flavoring the food with that. And i read the labels to make sure i keep the salt intake down - I use fresh veggies and never use canned, and I try to buy foods that either have no sodium or low sodium. The American Dietetic Association has an excellent Heart- Healthy handout that has a section on Sodium-free flavoring tips, using other spices that may be used instead of salt, and just a little goes a long way - you don't need to use much or you will over-season the food. I hope you find this helpful. Good luck!

jayabee52 2013-03-31 00:21:34 -0500 Report

just a small correction: the over the counter compression stocking is called Jobst.

You can find those in Walgreens or other pharmacies, or online on Amazon or other online sources An illustration of the jobst may be found here ~

tinkerbell54 2013-03-29 10:36:14 -0500 Report

I had the same problem . but with pain . that made me cry. I found out it was caused by my blood pressure pill. So my medical Dr. put me on fluid pills & compression socks . so I am still waiting for the swelling to go down in my feet, legs , wrists, & hands. But have only been on the fluid for a week. Tinkerbell54

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-28 20:28:00 -0500 Report

I had that problem in both ankles it is actually pitting edema and can be caused by heart related problems and fluid retention. My doctor ordered compression stockings (T.E.D.) that I had to wear 8 hours a day for several months. Mine was not related to diabetes. You really need to talk to your doctor about this because he is the only one who can prescribe the compression stockings and you have to be fitted for them. You also should talk to him/her because there could be an underlying problem you are not aware of. It is very important to talk to your doctor when it comes to medical issues for the simple reason I know why I had the swelling problem. You don't know and no one on this site can diagnose or treat your problem. The sooner you speak with your doctor the sooner you can fix the problem. Good luck to you.

katcot2152 2013-03-30 22:46:21 -0500 Report

You are so right that he should see his doctor! In my case the fluid retention is related to valvular heart disease, and the retention of fluid in my legs is a sign that if I don't have it taken care of, it could lead into congestive heart failure (and you don't have to have heart problems for CHF to occur. But the advice i gave him re: the salt wouldn't hurt anyone - we tend to use way too much sodium in our diets which can lead to blood pressure issues, as well as fluid retention and obesity - I had to learn that the hard way! i have a tendency that when i retain the fluid, my bladder won't empty completely and I have to do self-catheterizing in order to empty it completely. When I called my cardiologist about the fluid retention her first question was did I gain any weight, and I had gained about 4 pounds - not a huge amount, but when it is overnight that the increase occurred then sh gets a bit more concerned. one shouldn't have more than 500 cc of urine in their bladder at any given time, but when I retained the fluid this time, I found I had over 600 cc and once I got rid of that, my weight dropped more like 6 pounds (which I am thrilled about) but that just goes to show the excess fluid I had.

I have learned so much between the heart-healthy diet and the diabetic diet, that nutritionist has been so much help in combining the two diets so that it is workable for me and I am losing the excess pounds.

If anyone is interested in a Spice Blend Recipe, let me know and I will post it - it is from the American Dietetic Association - but it sure does add flavor to your food without the use of salt!

sfbaez 2013-03-28 22:58:34 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply, my mom and boss told me i need to see my doctor. I hate to have to go again, i am feeling fine, but now its 11:00pm and my foot it bigger. Its just from the knee down. I will let you know the outcome on this.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-29 19:42:39 -0500 Report

Would you rather hate going to the doctor or being carried in a box? No matter how much anyone hates going to the doctor, your health is more important than whether or not you go to the doctor. Please go. In the meantime keep your feet elevated above your heart.

jayabee52 2013-03-28 20:21:20 -0500 Report

I don't know what it is for sure as I am not a MD and have not examined you. But it is possible it could be edema. I had a lady friend who had edema (she called it lymphadema) and had to have her legs wrapped and messaged by a Occupational Therapist specializing in Lymphatic problems.

HOWEVER you do need to go back to the Dr and get it checked out. It could be nothing, or the beginning salvo of something you could control if you get out ahead of it.

To find out what might be a potential problem, take a look here ~ There are some pretty signifigant diseases listed there that you may wish to get on top of them sooner rather than later!


sfbaez 2013-03-28 23:01:39 -0500 Report

Its now 11:00pm and my foot is swollen more, just from the knee down. My mom and boss told me to go in the morning to see my doctor. I guess i am going to have too. Never had this happen before. In the summer when its very humid my ankles swell some, but I have never had this. It just came on suddenly. I will try to get back to you on the outcome on all this. I am hoping its going to be fine in the morning!! Thank you for your reply.

jayabee52 2013-03-28 23:16:16 -0500 Report

SF, in the meantime, spend as much time as you can off your feet, plus prop your affected foot up above your heart level so gravity will help move the lymph fluid away from that area. I pray it will go away, but even if you are better, get checked out anyway as there are some serious things this could be foreshadowing.

From what you describe, it seems to be getting worse (up to the knee now - rather than up to the ankle, previously).

Prayers for your healing!


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-29 00:46:07 -0500 Report

Echo to James' advice. Keep your feet elevated as much as you can. If it is caused by the lymph system or a blood circulation issue this will help.
Several things can cause swelling, from lymphedema, to heart problems, to bad leg vein issues, to reactions to meds. Your Dr. should be able to figure out what is causing it and then what will help. Somethings work for one cause, but will do nothing to help another cause or make it worse.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-29 19:40:45 -0500 Report

Graylin before I had this problem, several years ago on the outside of both ankles, swelled. The swelling was centralized to the outside, was round about the size of a large Naval Orange. Turns out the muscles in my ankles were inflamed. The doctor said I spent too much time standing on my feet in heels. Anti-inflammatory drugs took care of the problem. I had never heard of this.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-29 20:48:27 -0500 Report

I knew high heels can cause all sorts of problems.Just standing is much harder on the leg veins than walking is. The muscles in the calves help with pumping the blood back up from the legs and feet. So if your are standing, or even sitting a lot, moving the legs and walking will help. There are non prescription strength compression stockings that people use who are in occupations that require lots of standing.
I have usually worn flats for decades because the angle of even 1/2" heels can make my back hurt in a very brief time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-31 17:33:51 -0500 Report

I now only wear heels if I have to dress up for a formal or evening business attire function. Most of the time I am in flats, bedroom slippers on sneakers. Heels can wear me out wearing them all day.

tinkerbell54 2013-03-29 03:48:40 -0500 Report

I will pray for u. I to am having swelling problems & mine was cause from my blood pressure pill . My medical Dr. put me on fluid pill. are u on a fluid pill? Tinkerbell54

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