Coming to terms with “cankles”

I’ve apparently come to the point in my pregnancy where I have to stop and ask, “What happened to my ankles?”  My doctor said it was to be expected as the weather got warmer. Traveling over Easter weekend seemed to make them worse.  Or maybe it’s just more noticeable now that it’s spring and I’m not wearing boots all the time.  I can see them in all their swollen glory throughout the day.

Swollen ankle while wearing shoes

Swollen ankles without shoes (you can still see the pattern of where my shoes were)

Hanging out with my knitting group last week, my mama friends told me it was time for compression hose.  Really?  I thought I could escape them.  I ended up ordering these on Amazon, and while I waited for them to arrive, I went to Macy’s and purchased these.

The Jobst thigh-highs arrived last weekend, and I definitely recommend the thigh highs over the full, tummy-panel hose.  Considering the number of times I have to use the restroom each day, I found it super annoying trying to get them pulled up.  (Part of this may be due to the fact that they weren’t “tall” sized and at nearly 6 feet tall, I need a few extra inches in length).  I had to really yank and pull to get them to fit without droopy crotch.  I ended up getting a run in them on day 2.

This week was 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the week prior, so although the swelling has gone down, I don’t know whether to credit the support hose or just the change in temperature.  Maybe it was a combination of the two. Whatever the cause, I did see relief in the swelling this week.  My ankle bone!  I can see you again!

I don’t expect this trend to last.  It’s only the beginning of May, so I can imagine the hotter months of June, July and August will bring back the swelling–especially since I don’t know how much I’ll actually be able to suffer the compression hose during those hot summer days.

For now I’ll continue to drink lots of water, prop my feet up while watching tv, wear the thigh-high support hose when possible, and savor the glorious  site of that narrow area where my calf and ankle meet.

Improved, "normal" ankles

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  1. mominrome’s avatar

    It may sound weird, but high heels help sometimes….


    1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

      Ha! I saw your first and only rule posted prominently on your blog. At 5’11,” I’ve never been into super high heels, so it’s not as if I’m giving up on them. I do see that a good arch support or little lift could be helpful, but I’m afraid if I went with actual high heels, I’d really end up hurting myself.



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