Today, we’ll discuss how to get rid of cankles (¹).
But, What are Cankles?
First of all, you should know what cankles are to see if you have any or not. Cankles is a short term for “Calf-ankle,” if you look at a calf’s ankle, you’ll notice that they have chubby ankles with a lack of distinction or a poor definition. By poor definition, I mean where the lower part of the calf leg muscles ends and the ankle joint begins.
Sounds a little bit complicated to understand what cankles are, right?
In other words, “Cankles” is not a medical term, to be honest. However, it is rather a term used to describe women’s thick ankles.
What Cause Cankles?
Many factors can cause cankles and we are going to discuss each one in details and the treatment. Some of the most common factors causing cankles are genetic factors (which are the most common cause), diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension and lymphedema.
When you want to get rid of or reduce your cankles that depends mainly on what caused it in the first place. The most treatable cankles are those caused due to health conditions rather than that caused by genetic factors, which are a little harder.
What Are The 3 Steps To Treat Cankles?
There are 3 steps or parts you need to be aware of to effectively treat cankles:
- Determining the cause of cankles.
- Fight off the cause.
- Dressing to make cankles look smaller.
So, let’s jump to each step separately.
Step 1: Determining The Cause Of Cankles
To determine the cause of your cankles you need to follow these simple steps:
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
- See a specialist about your ankles.
- Get an accurate diagnosis and understand the cause.
A. Schedule An Appointment With Your Doctor:
If you look at your ankle and find that it is thicker than what you’re used to, then it’s time you saw your family’s physician. Your doctor will examine your legs, ankles, and feet. Moreover, the doctor will be asking you questions regarding your eating habits, your lifestyle, and your family history.
Then, the doctor will check your blood pressure (Do you know your type of blood and proper nutrition for you?), and if necessary, he/she will take a blood sample to check your cholesterol level.
All that is done to check the cause of your cankles accurately. Your doctor will also check if your cankles are related to a benign cause. In other words, your doctor will check if cankles are because of your weight gain or perhaps of eating too much salt in your diet.
B. See A Specialist About Your Ankles:
Now that you checked with your doctor, and got a brief idea why you’re having cankles, it’s time you saw an ankle specialist. The doctor will check the exact cause for you, for instance, if your cankles are due to a blood flow problem like venous insufficiency (where blood and other fluids accumulate in veins around your foot and ankle), you’ll be referred a vascular surgeon for treatment of the cause.
You’ll be referred to an endocrinologist if the suspected cause is due to low insulin levels (diabetes). If the doctor suspected that you have or you already told the doctor you have a heart condition, then you’ll be referred to a cardiologist to offer proper treatment for your cankles.
C. Get An Accurate Diagnosis And Understand The Cause:
Most important thing, you want to make sure that you got a clear diagnosis and understanding of your cankles causes. Get the doctor to explain in details and ask any questions you have in mind to treat effectively your cankles and the different ways of treatment.
If the cause was determined to be genetic factors, then it’s time to accept your cankles as they are and focus on your overall health. By the end of this post, I’ll show you how to dress to make them look smaller (²).
Second, you need to fight off the cause of cankles.
Step 2: Fight Off The Cause
Now, depending on the cause, I’ll tell you how you can fight it:
- Fighting vascular disease
- Fighting obesity.
- Fighting water retention.
1. Fighting Vascular Disease:
You can treat this cause of cankles by:
- More legs exercise.
- Taking blood thinners
- Wear compression stockings.
Let me give you quick tips on how to do each those steps.
A. More Legs Exercise:
Jogging, walking or cycling are all great exercises for your legs, and also squats and lunges. The point here is to exercise your legs’ muscles and therefore exercise your cankles.
If, by any chance, the cause of your cankles is due to low blood circulation, then exercising will definitely get your blood circulating in your veins around your ankle.
B. Taking Blood Thinners:
There could be a possibility that the fluid accumulated around your ankles is because of a peripheral arterial disease. In more clear words, when you have small arteries that carry the blood to your leg become narrow because of od accumulated plaque (atherosclerosis).
So, to fix the accumulated fluid in your cankles you need to ensure proper blood flow and that is by taking blood thinners that your doctor should prescribe for you.
C. Wear Compression Stockings:
You can compression stockings online, at medical supply shops, or maybe your doctor or specialist will give some for free in case your doctor diagnoses you with a vascular disease.
The idea is to support muscles and blood vessels around your cankles, which decreases edema/swelling and encourages better circulation.
2. Fighting Obesity:
Second, in case you’re obese and have cankles, here’s what you need to do:
- Lose weight by exercising.
- Lose weight by reducing your caloric consumption.
- Consider liposuction.
Now, for some details.
A. Lose Weight By Exercising:
It’s quite simple to treat cankles due to obesity by dropping some pounds with some exercises. I know that words are much easier than actions, but if you really want to get rid of your cankles you need to lose weight for your overall health as well.
By exercising and losing weight, not only will you get rid of your cankles. Nevertheless, you’ll also do your body a favor by reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes.
B. Lose Weight By Reducing Your Caloric Consumption:
Moreover, you add some salads to your exercise and replace some of your food habits on a daily basis to reduce your weight and lose your cankles for good even faster.
If you’re starting off with weight loss, then, I’d recommend going for some small daily changes and mild to moderate exercise to avoid any injuries and effectively get rid of your cankles.
C. Consider Liposuction:
In some extreme cases where you can’t get rid of your cankles, then you need to see your physician and discuss if there’s an option for liposuction around your ankles. A cosmetic surgery can remove the fat around your cankles, but make sure that you consult your doctor first.
Also, the surgeon could find a need to remodel or shave your bones or muscles, so take this option seriously before doing it.
3. Fighting Water Retention:
If your body retains water and therefore, causes your cankles, here’s what you need to do:
- Reduce your dietary salt intake.
- Be patient if you’re pregnant.
- Avoid consuming excessive alcohol, especially beer.
Here are some quick details on each point.
A. Reduce Your Dietary Salt Intake:
Generally, it’s a common known fact that the more salt you eat, the more water your body retains. So, if the doctor told you that your cankles are because your body is retaining water, then, the first step you need to do it reduce the amount of salt you consume daily.
One fact worth mentioning is that your ankles are one of the most affected parts of your body that retain water due to high salt consumption.
B. Be Patient If You’re Pregnant:
To women out there expecting their babies soon and suffering from cankles, I’ll ask you to be patient because it’s completely normal. Your body is under so many stresses, hormonal changes and sometimes retains water in your ankle.
But, as soon as you give birth to your new child, your cankles should disappear gradually. You can also make sure not to consume too much salt.
C. Avoid Consuming Excessive Alcohol, Especially Beer.
If you’re having cankles because of water retention, then you might as well consider reducing your alcohol intake, especially beer. Reducing your alcohol consumption not only will it reduce your cankles significantly, but also you’ll be saving your liver and pancreas because it is considered toxic.
Third, you will learn how and what to dress to make your cankles look smaller and less obvious.
Step 3: How To Dress To Make Cankles Look Smaller?
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but, if you want to make your cankles look smaller, here’s what to wear:
- Wear long, wide-legged pants.
- Long dresses and skirts
- Avoid shoes with ankle straps.
- Choose high-waisted bottoms.
- Don’t pick shoes with ankle straps.
- Choose chunky heels.
- Drive attention elsewhere using accessories like handbags, sunglasses, and jewelry.
These are 7 amazing dressing tips to cover up your cankles if they look annoying to you, although I’d advise to love and embrace yourself.
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