What other symptoms might occur with ankle swelling?

Ankle swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, swelling accompanied by pain and tenderness may indicate a joint injury; whereas, swelling with shortness of breath may indicate a heart-related condition.

Symptoms that may occur along with ankle swelling

Ankle swelling may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Fatigue or weakness

  • Fever and chills

  • Headache

  • Joint stiffness

  • Mucus-producing cough (wet cough)

  • Muscle cramps

  • Painful or tender area

  • Rash

  • Red, swollen joint

  • Reduced range of motion or movement

  • Varicose veins

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Ankle swelling that occurs with certain other symptoms might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911)if you, or someone you are with, have swelling along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Abdominal swelling

  • Chest pain, which may be dull, heavy or sharp and piercing

  • Confusion

  • Dizziness or light-headedness

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Increased or decreased urine output

  • Indigestion or abdominal pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, or arm pain

  • Red and warm skin

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing

  • Unexplained weight gain (may be from excessive fluid buildup)


What is ankle swelling?

Ankle swelling is a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation of the joint and tissues of the ankle. Mild ankle swelling is a common occurrence after standing for a long period.

Ankle swelling, which is also called edema, can also result from serious infections, trauma, circulatory disorders, cardiac (heart) disorders, and other abnormal processes.

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What causes ankle swelling?

Ankle swelling can be caused by relatively minor conditions, but can also be caused by a wide variety of diseases, disorders and conditions that include infections, inflammation, trauma, heart disease, and other abnormal processes.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles, Heart Disease, Diabetes

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