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Swollen ankles can be both unsightly and
uncomfortable. Ankles swell because of fluid
retention, so if you suffer frequently from
this condition, you may want to investigate
both its cause (to rule out a serious circulatory
or other problem) and a remedy.
An ounce of prevention can help many people
who suffer from swollen ankles. If you find
your ankles periodically swelling, try keeping
a diary and recording the things you eat
and activities you do; once you find your
feet swelling, see if you can correlate it
to any of the recent entries in your diary.
For example, high salt and high carbohydrate
diets can cause swelling, so look to see
what you had been eating prior to the episode.
Similarly, medication or allergies may cause
the swelling, so track what you take and
when you take it.
We have all heard about the need to buy shoes
later rather than earlier in the day. That
is because a lot of standing causes fluid
to settle in our feet and ankles, so shoes
bought in the morning may not fit by the
end of the day. For the same reason, swollen
ankles can be triggered by a lot standing;
consequently, try to sit frequently in a
comfortable position with your legs raised
above your heart. Walking is another alternative,
as the exercise increases your circulation.
If you must stand a lot, investigate buying
compression socks or stockings to offset the effects of gravity. These
are specially designed hosiery that provided
increasing pressure on your legs as they
approach the ankle to discourage the pooling