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.

One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg
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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.



One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg
A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in your leg. It makes everything past it become red, warm & swollen. This appears as just one leg, calf & ankle swollen but not the other.



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.


One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg
This is a very severe deep vein thrombosis. The left leg is clearly swollen, red & inflamed. This is a clear hospital visitation situation!


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.


Swollen leg
A clot in the deep vein will make the entire calf & ankle swell on just one side but not the other. The leg will experience pain upon squeezing.


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.


One Swollen Ankle Left Or Right Leg
Squeezing the calf or bending the foot towards the shin will elicit a large pain response.


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!



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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.