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Monday, June 22, 2009 Sophia Chambers, Community Member, asks

Q: swollen ankles

I have had problems with swollen ankles for the last year.  My doctors order the stockings, but it is to hot to wear them.  I currently taking enbrel, arava, and salsalate. Do anyone else have swollen ankle and what has help you?  I also walk 2 to 4 miles 3 to 5 days a week and drink plenty of water.  Thank for your help in advance.

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
6/23/09 11:31am

It depends on why your ankles are swelling - is the ankle joint that swelling with RA inflammation or is it fluid/edema?  If your doctor has suggested the stockings, it sounds like it may be the latter, so you could talk to your family doctor about doing some tests to find out why your ankles swell. I know that the stockings are hot, but maybe you could try wearing them part of the day? And when you sit at the computer or watching TV, try to sit with your feet elevated.  You can also elevate the bottom of your bed (e.g., by putting a couple bricks underneath the foot of the bed. However, I would definitely recommend you speak to either you rheumatologist the family doctor about what causes the swelling and what other options you have in addition to the stockings.

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Sophia Chambers, Community Member
6/23/09 1:26pm

I had to have surgery last year and the orthopedic doctor recommend the stockings, my rheumatologist told me it was the RA.  Somedays they don't swell as much. I do notice if I walk they swell less.

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
6/23/09 2:49pm

If it is the RA, I'm not sure the stockings are going to help much. From what I read about the procedure, it's a fusion of the ankle joint, is that right? Whenever one of my joints has fused, it's usually meant that the RA is barely there, so maybe that will eventually settle down for you.

 

However, if it is the RA flaring a bit, you may want to talk to your doctor about upping one of your meds or maybe giving you a small dose of prednisone as a sort of booster. Sometimes, it can mean the difference between doing all right and doing really well. I will say this, though - my feet usually swell in the evening and I use a wheelchair, so depending on when you're a swell, it may just be the regular rhythm of your body. Still, if you can sit with your feet elevated, that will probably help. As well, if walking helps, then go for it!

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Sophia Chambers, Community Member
6/24/09 2:14pm

I had knee arthroscopy done and I had some tearing in my right knee.  My doctor had talked about taking some of the water of my ankle, but it don't swell as much as they did.  I do notice they swell more when I stand on them for a long time.  I guess its all part of RA.

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sunshinegal43oh, Community Member
6/23/09 7:54am

I was DX for RA back in April. I've been having a lot of swelling in my ankles/feet. My Rheumie gave me Prednisone. I take three pills a day for a few days, then go down to 2 pills a day for a few days, then to 1 pill a day, etc.

The Prednisone really helps my swelling.

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By Sophia Chambers, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 06/22/09