2. Liver disease and swelling

The liver has many roles, including contributing to fluid balance. The liver produces albumin, a protein that keeps fluids in the bloodstream and prevents them from leaking into tissue. When the liver is damaged, it does not effectively produce albumin. Fluid can leak into the tissues, leading to swelling in the ankles and feet. If someone with liver disease develops portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessel that carries blood from the abdomen to the liver), the increased pressure can affect the other veins in the abdomen, which can also cause swollen feet and ankles. Treatment for liver disease depends on the cause. Some liver problems can be treated with lifestyle changes, while others will require medication, surgery, or a transplant.

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