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Inflammation or swelling in one or more parts of the body can be considered very common. In fact, many people, unfortunately, do not even make an appointment with a physician to see what can be causing this sudden swelling. The most common areas to be inflamed are the ankles. Swelling in the ankles often is accompanied by varying degrees of pain, as well as discomfort and swelling. If you or a loved one are experiencing inflammation in one or both ankles, you should explore 10 of the most common causes. However, do not use this guide as a substitute for treatment administered by a medical professional.

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1. Edema

One of the leading causes of swelling in the ankles is called edema, or dependent swelling. This dependent swelling is because the act of swelling is “dependent” on a reoccurring situation, such as walking too long or jogging over a hard surface with shoes that do not properly support your body. Many people experience this to some degree. However, the swelling is almost always temporary, and usually, an ice pack or a long soak will reduce the inflammation tremendously. Sometimes the ankles may also swell until the body becomes used to a new activity, such as walking or riding a bike to work, instead of driving.

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