What causes ankle and leg swelling?

My left ankle down half of my foot and up my leg to my knee are is swelled. Laying down will help reduce it some, but not much. And when the swelling gets really bad I have some tingling and a little numbness in my leg and foot. Also I have noticed a little pain in my calf and shin area. My right ankle swells some also, but not near as bad as the left. I am a realatively healthy person, 33 year old female. Should I be alarmed with this swelling, or should I just wait it out and see how it gets?? I wouldnt even worry if I wasnt having the tingling and numbness in it too. Any advice??

Written By Soniamiller

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  • Princess Buttercup March 30, 2009, 2:25 pm

    You need to call a doctor ASAP. Pain in the calf and swelling of the leg could be Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). It probably won't be, but it could also be a circulatory or vascular issue that you should have adressed. Call your personal doctor, ask to speak with a nurse and tell them your symptoms. They may refer you directly to an urgent care or they will run down a list of questions to 'triage' you and decide when and if you need to come in. It can't hurt to call if nothing else, for peace of mind.