Swollen Ankles - natural health products to manage Swollen Ankles
Swollen ankles can be caused by your body's attempt to protect and heal itself or by an underlying condition which results in the swelling as a symptom.
What can causes Swollen Ankles?
One of the easiest causes of a swollen ankle to recognise is if you're suffering from an ankle injury, such as a sprain, strain or break. This swelling is designed to help immobilise your ankle, prevent further damage and give your ankle chance to begin to heal
Another type of ankle swelling is oedema, which is where fluid pools in your feet, ankles and lower legs because your body is unable to keep it circulating properly. This kind of swollen ankle is commonly suffered by women who are pregnant or going through hormonal changes, or those with varicose veins or who are overweight.
Certain medications can also lead to swollen ankles, and if you experience this after starting a new type of medication you should discuss it with your doctor.
In some cases swollen ankles can be a sign of more serious health problems including kidney or liver disease or heart failure. One swollen ankle can be a sign of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
How to treat Swollen Ankles?
It's important to understand what is causing your swollen ankles in order to best treat them. If your swollen ankles are also painful then some basic pain relievers should help.
Also for many different kinds of ankle swelling a foot wedge pillow can be a good idea. This helps to elevate your foot as part of the R.I.C.E treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) bringing it closer to your heart, making it easier for blood to flow to it and reducing the effects of gravity which help to cause the pooling of fluid in your ankles.
If you suffer from varicose veins, poor circulation and swollen and aching ankles and legs then improving your circulation can help. Veinoplus VI is a clinically proven medical device which helps treat all of these problems. It stimulates the calf muscles making them contract and improve blood flow around the body. It's easy to use at home and perfect if limited mobility stops you from moving around as much.
Tower Health's leg and foot care range contains both of these products as well as a number of others which can help treat your swollen ankles and reduce associated aches and pains.