Swelling in the ankles and feet is common after you have been sitting or standing for long periods of time (positional swelling).
Long airplane flights or automobile rides are common causes of lower leg swelling. You have an increased risk of positional swelling if you have a job (such as being a surgical technician, assembly line worker, or teacher) that requires you to stand for long periods of time.
Try the following home treatment measures to help relieve symptoms of positional swelling.
Hot or humid weather commonly causes your hands and feet to swell (heat edema). Heat edema also may increase the risk of positional swelling.
Last Revised: April 2, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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