What Causes Swollen Ankles in Diabetes?

Q:

My grandma has diabetes for almost 20 years. She was almost the same as normal people owing to a great self-management. But recently, she has been suffering from swollen ankles. I know it may be one of the complications in diabetes. What’s the possible cause?

 

A:

I am sorry to hear that. Feet problems are really troublesome among all the diabetic complications. You can check the following reasons one by one. And of course doctor’s diagnosis is the best.
Infection
Swollen ankles for people with diabetes is a typical sign of foot infections due to diabetic neuropathy or other nerve problems of the feet.

Blood clot
Blood clots blocks the return flow of blood from legs back to the heart, causing swelling in the ankles and feet. So a diabetic swollen ankles may need the help of blood thinners.

Heart, liver or kidney disease
Sometimes swollen ankles in diabetes suggest heart, liver or kidney disease.

Side effects of medication
Watch out the medication listed:

  • Hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone.
  • Calcium channel blockers.
  • Steroids such as prednisolone.
  • Antidepressants including tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI).
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs).
  • Diabetes medications.

Last but not least, ask for your doctor’s help immediately when diabetes swollen ankles appear!

 

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