I'm sorry if this is not the appropriate place to post this question. I am 42 years old and obese - just under 300lbs. I have had periods of successful weight loss and got down as low as 220 a few years ago, but I can't seem to stick with it. Anyway, about two weeks ago I decided to try again and began exercising. I use a Wii game that gives me a low -impact full body workout - 6 minute warm up, 12 minute workout, and 8 minutes a stretching. I do this 3-4 times a week and I have started to feel the effects - I get through it more easily, and seem to feel a little better in general. Sleeping better, not as tired. Except for one thing. 5 days ago I was out doing errands for about 2 hours and was on my feet all that time. When I got home, I took my shoes off and my ankles were noticeably swollen. I didn't think much of it, since this has happened before when I've been on my feet. I went to bed expecting my ankles to be back to normal in the morning. They almost were, but there was still some puffiness around the anklebones on both sides. Ever since then, my ankles have been swelling up and going down almost all the way, but not quite. Exercise seems to help a little, and so does elevating my feet. But they never get completely back to normal. Yesterday I sat at my computer for 3 hours with my feet on the floor (I work at home) and they swelled up again. They went down some overnight.
This is really worrying me. I know swollen ankles can be a sign of heart problems. I don't have any of the other symptoms. The last time I went to the doctor was about 2 years ago and my BP and cholesterol were normal (BP was slightly on the high side, but I'm not on medication for it.) i know I need to go get checked out by the dr again, and I will. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Could it be related to my exercise program? My feet are definitely sore right after I work out, along with most of my other muscles. I'm just wondering what I can expect.View Thread
Thank you all for your replies. I went to the doctor, who looked at my ankles and immediately said it looked more like inflammation than heart-related edema, My heart and lungs sounded good, blood pressure was normal, and given that I had no other symptoms he felt fairly sure it wasn't heart related, but did a full blood work series to rule out anything bad. Blood came back today and my cholesterol is excellent (154), thyroid was fine, and he basically said "it's not heart-related". He thinks I have arthritis in the ankle joints, based on my description of achiness after I worked out and occasionally if I walk/stand for long periods, and that the exercise I was doing was just too much strain given my weight. My blood sugar was slightly high (106) but he said nothing to be done about that except lose weight - it's not in the diabetic range. So basically, I have to go easier on the workouts until I lose more weight. I've lost 6 lbs which is a start, and am taking daily walks until I'm fit enough to handle the workouts I was attempting.
Thanks all for the input, it is appreciated!View Thread