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Question by  Michelle83 (5)

How do you get rid of edema in your ankles?


Answer by  nursey (13)

Keep your ankles elevated as often as possible, and to prevent it from happening in the future, reduce your sodium intake.


Answer by  linsm (898)

Some of the immediate ways to get rid of edema is to decrease salt intake, elevate legs and decrease fluid intake. Seeking medical care to determine cause is needed.


Answer by  heavensent (241)

To get rid of edema you should elevate your feet and avoid standing for long periods of time. Wearing support stockings might help. Applying cold compress may alleviate the swelling. Walking for 15-20 minutes is also a good exercise to improve circulation. If it is a medical condition, you cut back on salt intake and consult your doctor.


Answer by  starmlw (960)

You have to find out what is causing the edema. It could be anything from skin irritation to something more serious like a heart condition. See a doctor to determine the cause.


Answer by  Amanda65 (1220)

Elevating your ankles above your heart will reduce edema, but it takes a little while. Reducing your sodium intake and the amount of time standing can help prevent the formation.


Answer by  lovebug2421 (189)

Lie down and raise your ankles above your heart using pillows. Buy a pair of support hose to wear over your ankles. Hospitals will frequently use various types to reduce the chance of the patients developing edema. These should be found in any medical store. Reduce your salt intake. Don't stand or sit for too long of a time.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

Your doctor may prescrib a water pill to help your body get rid of excess fluid. Sometimes the doctor may recommend for you to prop your legs and feet higher than your heart to get rid of swelling. A lot of times swelling such as this goes along with other medical conditions.


Answer by  DrMom (854)

Ankle edema may be indicative of a serious condition such as congestive heart failure. Sit down, put your feet up, and make an appointment with your doctor.

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