Swollen Ankle And Feet Causes: Home Remedies To Reduce Swelling

Question: I am a 27 year old female. Since 1998 my left foot and ankle has been swollen. It sometimes goes down in the mornings but swells later in the day. Please help me with some simple remedies.

Answer: Do you have a family history of any chronic disease like diabetes/ hypertension/ kidney disorder, etc?
There are several causes for swelling of the ankle and the feet. The causes may be systemic or local causes. These causes may range from mere fracture due to local trauma to cardiac causes (congestive cardiac failure).

  • Local trauma or injury may precipitate swelling as a result of the normal inflammation process. This will be associated with pain on attempting to put pressure on the feet, redness at the site of trauma with an obvious history of trauma.
  • Arthritis (i.e. inflammation of joints) may also contribute to localized swelling and pain.
  • Varicose veins accompanied with deep vein thrombosis is also an accompanying factor for swelling and edema of the feet
  • Systemic conditions that commonly lead to swelling in the feet and ankle are characterized by retention of fluids or as a result of increase in skin thickness.
    The most common cardiac condition that results in swelling of the extremities is Cor Pulmanale or Congestive cardiac failure which occurs due to abnormally high resistance of passage of blood into the lungs and causes a lot of back pressure leading to edema.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, thyroid disease and lymph-adenopathies, etc also causes edema of the legs and feet.
  • Nephrological disorder which results in extensive retention of sodium in our body can also cause swelling of ankles and feet.
  • Anemia is also known to be associated with edema of the extremities.

Home Remedies For Ankle And Foot Swelling

  • Keeping the feet elevated while sitting and sleeping helps to reduce edema in feet and legs.
  • Don’t sit for long durations, take short breaks and walk around to reduce the swelling in ankle and feet.
  • Reduce salt intake as excess salt causes water retention.
  • Avoid using tight stockings and tight foot wear to reduce foot and ankle swelling.


  1. D K S said:

    I am 56 years old and have been suffering from ankle swelling since the last five years. It aggravates in summer. I feel mild pain too due to swelling. I suffer from hypertension and use Atenelol (50 mg) and Nifedipne (20 mg) combination drug to keep B.P. under check. My job is largely sedentary one (University Pofessor). Swellng is more in the rght ankle. Another problem of mine is that if I travel by motor bike as a pillion rider, after about 10 to 15 minutes, I lose my sensation in the right ankle whch slowly spreads upward. When I get down, I virtually stand on one leg and can’t walk for one or two minutes. I shall remain grateful to you if you suggest remedies.

    March 13, 2010
  2. P.U.P said:

    Ankle swelling can be due to many causes they can be acute or they can be chronic. Acute causes can be like fracture, or ankle sprain. Chronic causes may be due to heart, kidney or varicose veins problem.
    Since you are 56 years of age suffering from hypertension, certain anti hypertensive medicine can also be responsible for your ankle swelling. So kindly consult your physician to alter any medicine if needed.
    Your sedentary life style, or sitting for long hours can also produce ankle swelling due to gravitation.
    As far as riding in pillion is concerned, please check with your physician for any varicose veins.
    If you are wearing any tight stalkings, avoid wearing them. There can be some kind of neuritis also.
    Diet for Swollen Ankles
    Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and reduce salt intake.

    March 15, 2010
  3. DR said:

    Edema has occurred in the heel of my foot and doctor has advised me to go for the surgery. What are the options for ankle and foot swelling treatment? I do not want to go for surgery for this, what should i do?

    July 16, 2010
  4. PV said:

    My symptoms are quite similar to D K S’s. I too am on Atenelol and Nifedipne and I am also a Type 2 diabetic on medication (Junamet and DiamecronMR). Your advice is appreciated.

    March 29, 2012

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