Left Ankle Swelling Causes: Treatment For Swollen Ankles And Feet

Ankle swelling, often referred to as edema, refers to the collection of fluid in the spaces between the ankle joint. The condition can be attributed to a wide range of causes; however identification of the correct cause plays a crucial role in effective management of ankle swelling.

What Causes The Swelling Of Left Ankle?

The involvement of a single ankle joint is indicative of the fact that there is a localized problem and rules out the possibility of a systemic cause. Here are some common causes that may be responsible for left ankle swelling,

  • Acute injury or trauma to the affected ankle joint.
    Twisting of the ankle joint especially while running or climbing stairs can result in an edema and swelling of the affected joint. Swelling can occur with or without fracture, with fracture resulting in a more long term edema in the joint
  • Tendinitis is another cause of ankle swelling. Irritation of the tendons in the feet or inflammation in the fascia of the tendons may result in edema and swelling of the joint.
  • Faulty footwear may also be responsible for localized swelling in the ankle joint
  • Varicose veins, a condition affecting the peripheral venous system, associated with the failure of valves in the veins. This often results in edema in the ankle of the affected side. Though varicose veins may affect both the legs, occasionally it may affect only one leg and result in ankle swelling of only one side

Left Ankle Swelling Symptoms

The symptoms associated with ankle swelling include,

  • Ankle swelling is often associated with pain, especially when the swelling is attributed to trauma or injury. The severity of pain may vary depend upon the nature of the injury and is often associated with any effort to move the leg
  • Limited mobility is another feature associated with ankle swelling. Ankle swelling limits the range of movement of the ankle joint which in turn results in temporary disability.
  • Severe prolonged ankle swelling may be associated with ulceration and itching in the affected area.

Treatment For Swollen Left Ankle And Foot

Considering that a single sided ankle swelling is not associated with a chronic systemic medical condition, the management of the condition can be done at home. However, it is crucial to diagnose the underlying cause for the swelling before treating it at home,

  • Foot elevation is crucial in management of left ankle swelling. Keeping the foot elevated above the level of the heart, especially while sleeping or resting helps in draining the accumulated fluid and hastens recovery.
  • Rest is another essential component. Rest the foot and avoid movement. This is turn would hasten healing.
  • Calf muscle exercises help in draining venous blood from the lower extremities. This in turn hastens the process of healing.
  • Finally analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may be used for the management of pain and edema. Homeopathic drugs like Bryonia have also been found to be effective in the management of the condition.


  1. Rob said:

    I had a surgery for a broken left ankle and broken Tibia and Fibia 3 months back. The swelling has been steadily increasing and causing me severe pain and swelling to the point where you can see the pins in my ankle on the right side.
    I have been back to my surgeon several times as well as the ER and nobody can help me. Post operative directives were followed as well as rehabilitation for my ankle, but yet almost three months later, my ankle is deformed and I am still using a walker to go around. Has anyone have any advice?

    June 27, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Follow the advice of your doctor regarding the exercise and other things. You can also take homeopathic medicines. They are effective in treating inflammation and pain caused due to fracture and post operative procedures. For this you have to consult a good homeopathic physician.

      July 18, 2012
  2. IL said:

    My left ankle is swollen since 3 weeks. I consulted my doctor. My blood test and X -ray are normal. Gentle massage reduces pain for a while but again it increases after some time. Can homeopathic medicine help to resolve my problem?

    November 6, 2013
    • PUP said:

      You should first determine the reason for ankle swelling. Is it because of ankle sprain? It is because of an injury? Or is it of sudden onset without any history of injury? Homeopathic medicines are effective in reducing the swelling. Consult a proper homeopathic physician to cure the condition. Generally if it is due to sprain homeopathic medicines such as Arnica, Ruta and Rhustox are useful. Each should be taken in 200 potency dose.

      November 8, 2013

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