Are Cankles Harmful?

Do you have cankles? Unfortunately, many women answer yes to this question. The term refers to a lack of definition in the lower leg. The calf and ankle appear to merge without any clear shape. This can be unattractive and leads to women trying to cover up their legs rather than wearing short skirts or dresses. For sufferers, having unattractive lower legs can cause poor self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. However, are there any medical problems associated with this condition? 

Am I Normal? 

This is a common question that sufferers often ask. In many cases, the answer is yes. The cankle isn’t usually harmful in physical terms. There are, however, a few medical problems that can result in swollen lower legs. If one of these is the cause of your problem, it could be harmful. Therefore, you should seek your doctor’s advice. 

Why Are My Calves and Ankles Swollen?

Many women experience swollen calves and ankles some of the time. Women who are overweight put excess pressure on their lower legs when standing and walking. This can result in temporary swelling. During pregnancy or if hormones are fluctuating, swelling is also common. Again, this is only a temporary issue. Sitting for extended periods in an airplane or car can also result in swelling in the legs. 

Meanwhile, certain surgical procedures and medicines may also result in larger than usual ankles. All should be short-lived. If you rest with your feet up for a while, your ankles and calves should return to normal. If your lower legs remain swollen, though, you could have a problem. 

Medical Conditions Causing Edema

Edema, or swelling, or the lower leg could indicate a few medical issues. Swelling in the ankles and legs could be because of an infection or blood clot. If your veins are unable to pump the blood back to your heart properly, swelling can occur. Swelling in the legs could also indicate kidney failure, liver failure, or heart failure. For this reason, you should talk to your doctor if you notice swelling that doesn’t subside after rest.

Genetics Could Be at Fault

Although a medical issue could cause your problem, rest assured that it isn’t common. For most cankle sufferers, the cause is genetic. Some people are just prone to accumulating fat around their calves and ankles. We all have a genetic tendency to accumulate fat in different areas of the body. For some people, it will be the stomach, breasts, or thighs. For others, it is in the lower legs. There is nothing you can do about this. If you have close family members with similarly shaped legs, genetics is the probable cause.

Rest assured that genetically large legs aren’t harmful in any physical way. It isn’t a sign of any medical problem that you need to address or treat. It can, however, be harmful mentally and emotionally. If you find your undefined legs are causing you problems with your emotional and mental well-being, you should seek help.

Emotional and Mental Harm

When we think about the term “harmful,” we tend to think in physical terms. Your cankle problem isn’t physically harmful. It won’t cause you to become unwell or require serious treatment. It can, however, cause emotional and mental harm. It may sound superficial, but how others perceive us affects most of us. It’s only natural that we want to look attractive and feel like we’re looking our best. If we don’t, we can have poor self-esteem and low self-confidence. 

There is nothing you can do naturally about your cankle situation. You’ve probably already tried dieting and exercise and realized they haven’t helped. You cannot reduce fat in this way. While you may lose fat overall, the chances of it coming off your legs alone are slim. In fact, if you lose fat elsewhere, your legs may look even less proportionate. This may only worsen your self-confidence. 

There is no shame in admitting you are feeling unhappy with your appearance and that it’s causing you emotional problems. Many people feel the same way. Luckily, there is something you can do about it. Cankle liposuction can address this problem, removing the excess fat and sculpting the lower legs effectively. 

Can Cankle Lipo Help Me?

If you have genetically large lower legs, cankle lipo could be the solution you’ve been looking for. The procedure involves permanently removing the excess fat from this part of the lower leg. The surgeon will sculpt the fat close to the muscle. This allows him or her to achieve a slimmer, more toned, and more attractive appearance of the calf and ankle. 

It can be tricky to carry out liposuction on this part of the body, though. This is why you should seek advice from an experienced and skilled surgeon. Contact the Artlipo team today to find out more about whether your cankles are suitable for liposuction.