Although salt is vital as it helps us to retain water, it can also be the cause of your ankles swelling. To counteract this, eat spinach and bananas, which are high in potassium and therefore act as a diuretic. Secondly, drink plenty of water, as this will help the fluids in your body to move around and reduce the swelling in your ankles.
Walking can reduce swelling, but simply standing will not and can, in fact, cause your ankles to swell. This is because when we stand gravity is against us. This makes it difficult for our bodies to avoid keeping the blood in our feet and ankles.
Liver disease affects the amount of albumin that our liver produces. The role of the protein albumin is to prevent blood from escaping from our vessels and entering nearby tissue. If this occurs, any fluid that has escaped begins to collect in the ankles and the feet and it can also collect in the chest and abdomen.
When the kidneys stop working properly they can also cause a build up fluid which accumulates in the ankles and feet.
If the ankles tend to swell in the evening this could indicate heart failure caused by retaining salt and water in the body.