|Not my ankle but looks like it.|
Now, I understand that if you're still for too long, that can happen. I made the mistake of googling it and found all kinds of horrible causes (heart failure, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis and a host of other horrors). Certain drugs, three of which I take daily, can also cause it. But up until recently, I haven't really had trouble with any of those things.
I think it's my shoes.
Shoes and I have not had the best of relationships. For one thing, my feet are very tall through the middle. I inherited that from my dad. They've always been a bit boxy in the toes but since I got pregnant with my son, my feet have almost literally turned into duck feet. Finding shoes that are comfortable (or even fit) has been a challenge since then. I have a couple of pairs of sneakers, a pair of flip flops and a pair of Tevas (with adjustable straps for the toe area). Those are my shoes.
Because I am a walking furnace, I don't wear the sneakers very often. My feet get so hot in them! So the shoes of choice have been the flip flops (which have now caused a very uncomfortable callus at the junction of big toe and piggies underneath) and the Tevas, which have been my go-to shoes for a couple of years.
The Tevas are apparently strangling my feet. The strap across the ankle seems to cause my feet to swell up. If I wear them with out the strap fastened, no problem. Fasten the strap and they start looking like someone stuck a valve in them and blew them up.
I'm beginning to wonder if I can continue to wear shoes at all....