Can You Get Rid of Cankles Naturally?

Do you lack definition in your lower leg? Does your calf merge into your ankle with no clear shape? If yes, then you’re suffering from cankles – an all too common problem among women. For sufferers, it can be difficult to decide what to wear to minimize the flaw. It seems impossible that you could wear short skirts, dresses or shorts, and sandals with straps are a no-no. If you’re sick of your less than perfect legs, you’re probably asking, “Can you get rid of cankles naturally?”

What Does Cankles Mean?

Cankles is a colloquial term that merges the words “ankles” and “calves.” It describes how the ankle and calf appear to blend to create a shapeless lower leg. In a typical leg, ankles are thinner than calves. However, with cankles, the ankle and calf are similar sizes. This makes the lower leg appear fatter than usual.

While there’s nothing dangerous or unhealthy about having cankles, they often cause self-confidence issues. People suffering from cankles often lack self-esteem and feel embarrassed about their appearance. 

Why Have I Got Cankles?

Cankles can occur for many reasons. Sometimes, a medical problem may cause them. They may be because of obesity, pregnancy, or hormonal fluctuations. Certain medications can also cause swelling in this area. The swelling of the lower leg can also occur after some kinds of surgery. However, in many cases, cankles are genetic. If your parents have them, you probably will, too.

Getting Rid of Cankles Naturally

It’s difficult to get rid of cankles naturally. For those whose cause is obesity, losing weight could help. Eating healthily and doing exercises may reduce the size of your cankles. However, it may not. There is no way to spot reduce fat in any part of the body. Therefore, there’s no guarantee your cankles will look better, even if you shed the pounds. 

Sometimes, cankles may be because of the foods you eat. High sodium diets can result in water retention in the ankles. Eating less processed food and less salt may help. Eating less starchy carbs may also help. Sugary foods can also cause water retention, so eating fewer of them can help to produce leaner legs.

Some exercises may help to improve the appearance of your legs. Many of them are simple, and you can do them at home or in the gym. 

Calf raises are one good choice of exercise. Stand and lift your heels from the ground. You should be standing on the balls of your feet. You can hold a countertop or chair to help you balance. Repeat 10 times. Plies, holding onto a barre or countertop, can help to make your legs shapelier. Staircase toe raises may also help if you repeat them daily. 

You should also add some cardio exercises to your regime. Activities that engage your calf muscles offer the best benefits. Climbing stairs, jogging, and jumping rope are all beneficial.

Is Surgery the Answer?

Unfortunately, even if you try all the above options, your legs may look no better. The solution could be cosmetic surgery. Liposuction of the calves and ankles can improve the appearance of cankles. By removing the excess fat and adding definition to this area, the calf muscles become more noticeable. The ankles appear slimmer, and the legs look more toned. This can help restore your self-confidence and help you achieve the attractive appearance you desire.

As you can see, there is no definitive answer to “Can you get rid of cankles naturally.” For some people, exercise and weight loss will help. However, for others, liposuction is the only true solution. Contact Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery today to find out more about whether it’s right for you.

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