Puffy Ankles

10 Reasons for Puffy Ankles

            Women in particular are prone to an uncomfortable and unsightly disorder:  puffy ankles.  Known as edema in the medical world, swelling in the area of the ankles can be due to many different causes, including fluid retention.  Becoming familiar with the most common causes of fluid retention that are making the ankles swell can help you to avoid them in the future.

            Retaining water is a self defense mechanism that the body adopts when insufficient amounts of water are being brought into the body.  Fluids are a necessary part of all bodily functions, assisting to flush toxins from the body, used to transport vital nutrients to a variety of cells and also is a lubricant to areas in the body that require a moist environment such as the eyes, nose and mouth. In fact, up to ¾ of the body’s weight is due to water.  When well hydrated, the body performs at its optimal efficiency.  Since people normally lose a certain amount of water naturally through sweat, breathing, urine and bowel movements, it is essential to replenish our supply of fluids in order to allow our bodies to perform well.

            When the amount of water leaving the body through normal processes exceeds the amount of water being taken in, the body recognizes immediately through its in-house monitoring system that it is deficient and will begin to take measures to protect itself.  It begins to shift fluids and store them in cells and blood vessels, not allowing the kidneys to filter the fluids present in the body.  This retention of fluids plumps the cells, creating uncomfortable sensations and appearances in different areas of the body such as puffy ankles.

The top causes of water retention and the resulting swelling are:

Swelling can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but can be avoided in most cases.  A proper diet, adequate fluid intake and avoiding situations that are conducive to swelling are usually all that is required.