Swollen ankles in older people can be due to a wide range of potential causes. When they appear, caregivers have to be aware if other symptoms are present as well. You can call the doctor to help identify the cause of swollen ankles. Many cases can be improved by using home remedies. Read on to learn more about swollen legs in older adults and what to do about them!
How To Identify Swollen Ankles
Older adults with swollen ankles may feel that their pants or socks have become too tight. upon inspecting the swollen ankles, you can see that the skin has become stretched or shiny. Caregivers like you can try pressing on the swollen ankles. If it leaves an indent, then you know they are swollen. If other symptoms such as pain, heat, and redness around the ankles are present, call the doctor immediately.
Causes Of Swollen Ankles
One or both legs may retain extra water when the older adult has congestive heart failure. This is because the heart muscle is not able to pump blood efficiently, leading to fluid buildup. Shortness of breath can be another symptom too. Deep vein thrombosis can cause swollen legs as well. Chronic kidney disease can prevent the body from filtering water so the fluid accumulates in the legs or arms. Certain medications can cause the ankles to swell so do take note of them. Joint problems and arthritis are some other culprits of swollen legs.
What Are The Remedies For Swollen Ankles?
Many older people with swollen ankles have a good prognosis. You as the caregiver can alleviate the swollen ankles using various ways:
- Low Salt Diet
Changing up the diet can help reduce the likelihood of having swollen ankles. Prepare balanced meals that are low in salt to help your loved one.
- Physical Exercise
Regular physical exercise is great for your loved one to maintain a healthy weight and help pump the fluid back to the heart from the legs. Don’t sit for too long but change position from time to time in order to reduce swollen legs.
- Elevating The Legs
A caregiver can help the older adult raise their legs above the heart level for half an hour, three times a day. This is to improve blood flow and reduce swelling.
- Compression Socks
Wearing compression stocks is another home remedy your loved one can try. They gently squeeze the legs to improve the blood circulation in the legs. This can help to reduce swelling in the legs.
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