Swollen ankles

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 4/5/2014 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I've posted not for me, but for my dad. He has raised cholesterol controlled by lipitor (cholesterol reducers) and he's in his 60s. His dad died from a heart attack due to the same condition.

Recently my dad's started with swollen ankles. He completely refuses to go to the doc and gets angry when I keep asking, saying he feels silly going as it's a 'small issue'. Does anyone know if this is a symptom of anything serious? Any experience or advice would be helpful.

I'm particularly touchy about people visiting doctors these days as on a completely different subject, I ignored symtoms of an undiagnosed bowel condition for the majority of last year that ultimately ended in an emergency operation and loss of my whole large intestine this Christmas! Off the point but taught me that apparently mild symptoms can potentially be the sign of something more sinister. I'm wondering if this is also the case with my dad's heart issues. Thanks. :)

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   Posted 4/6/2014 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to hear of the swelling in your Father's ankles and feet - this is known as peripheral edema.  To determine the cause of his swollen feet, his doctor will ask him to describe his symptoms and provide a detailed medical history. He will be able to tell a lot about your Father's swollen feet just by looking at them. Whether the swelling is in one foot or in both feet and whether it is accompanied by other symptoms (pain, redness, warmth, skin discoloration) can help identify the cause.
Meanwhile, (until you can get your Father to go to the Drs.) there are things you may try at home to decrease the swelling like elevating his feet when he is resting, wearing good shoes, watching his salt intake in his diet, and walking to improve circulation.
It is important for him to pay attention to his feet and for you to  keep on talking with him re seeing his Drs.  You are doing your Father a great service in trying to get him medical attention.
Remember, I am not a Dr. and HealingWell should never take the place of a medical professional.
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