One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg:

One leg only can be a potentially dangerous situation. It is important to test your calf for pain at this point.

Swollen Ankle Causes:

1)If you recently sprained your ankle, then consider an ankle sprain or injury.

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2)Yet, if you woke up one morning & one calf or ankle began to hurt- consider a deep vein thrombosis!

One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg
If you did not suffer an injury, but one leg become swollen but not the other, strongly consider a deep vein thrombosis!



Deep Vein Thrombosis:

This is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein of the calf:

  • This is very common in people who have not been moving around lately.
  • This includes long car rides.┬áLong plane rides.
  • Even┬áPeople sick in bed for numerous days in a row.
  • It occurs due to 3 factors: decreased flow speed, increased inflammation & blood vessel aging.
  • The most at risk people are the elderly & smokers.





Causes Of A Deep Vein Thrombosis:

This is most common in people who are those who have either decreased blood flow speed, inflammation & aging of the blood vessel.

  • Older age is a risk factor.
  • Obesity.
  • Inactivity & bed rest.
  • Sitting, travelling or resting for numerous hours or days.
  • Wearing a cast.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Previous thromboembolism or deep vein thrombosis.
  • Inflammatory or autoimmune diseases.
  • Infection.
  • Recent major surgery.



Symptoms Of A Deep Vein Thrombosis:

All of these symptoms normally just occur on one leg, but not the other:

  • Ankle & calf pain.
  • Swelling, redness & warmth.
  • Possible engorged superficial veins: varicose veins.
  • Pain upon squeezing the back of the calf.



Confirm Deep Vein Thrombosis:

A quick test that may help aid in diagnosis is the Homan test:

  • Have someone squeeze both calf muscles.
  • If one is very painful compared to the other, this increases the odds of a deep vein thrombosis.
  • It will also be painful if you bend the foot back extending the calf muscle on the effected side.



Is A DVT Dangerous?

There is a significant danger that the thrombosis may embolize (detach & clog somewhere else in the bloodstream).

  • The deep veins of your leg & calf lead to your heart.
  • They then eventually lead to the lungs before the blood vessels become smaller again.
  • If the blood clot makes it this far, it can become stuck in your lungs.
  • This severely impairs the blood flow to your lungs and can kill the patient!
  • If you suspect deep vein thrombosis, get yourself to the hospital immediately!


One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg
If you experience the signs & symptoms of a DVT as described above, get to a emergency room immediately for anti-coagulation treatment!



Get To A Hospital Immediately!