Dr. Louis Prevosti from Vein Atlanta answers a reader’s question about cankles.
Q: What is causing my cankles?
A: Well-defined ankles yield a contour that is pleasing to the eye, and lack of this desirable contour is sometimes called “cankles.” This can be caused by excess subcutaneous fat in the lower calf and around the ankles. Another cause is swelling from lymphedema or venous insufficiency. Cankles can also manifest due to heart, kidney or endocrine problems. Lipedema is yet another cause of cankles. Depending on the cause, you can shed excess pounds, tone up the calf muscles, have a fat-removal procedure such as liposuction or seek proper treatment for swelling from a qualified physician.
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