Dr Oz Cankles: Cankle Causes, Cankle Cures & Ankle Liposuction

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Dr Oz Cankles: Cankle Causes, Cankle Cures & Ankle Liposuction

By on May 4, 2010

Doctor Oz spoke about what is causing your Cankles.  Are Cankles unhealthy?  Cankles are when your calf merges straight into your ankle.  The guest on Dr Oz calls Cankles “Chubby Ankles” or Chubsters instead.Liposuction

Causes of Cankles:

Cankle Cause #1: Pregnancy

Cankle Cause #2: Fat Foods

Cankle Cause #3: Heart & Kidneys

Your ankle is made up of a thinner bone on the outside and a thicker bone on the inside, with tendons that wrap around your ankle to help you to move.  When the fat cells in your ankle become engorged, you put on extra tissue around the ankle, which causes Cankles or Fat Ankles!  If this is causing your Cankles, it is most likely hereditary.

A bigger problem is if your Cankles are not hereditary and are being caused by heart and kidney problems.  If there is not the right motion of fluid through your body, your heart can pump fluid to your ankles.

Pitting Edema in Cankles

If you push down on the fat in your ankles, and the pits stay there for a few seconds, like when you push down on a memory foam mattress – you may have Pitting Edema.  Pitting Edema can be a sign of heart failure or kidney issues, so see a doctor if you have Pitting Edema in your Cankles.

Cankle Cures:

Cankle Cure #1: Parsley

Salt holds onto fluids in your body, so by eating parsley, you encourage your body to release the fluid it is retaining.

Cankle Cure #2: Horse Chestnut

Doctor Oz said that Horse Chestnut increases your blood vessels desire to hold onto fluid, rather than depositing the fluids at places like your ankles.

Ankle Liposuction for Cankles

Doctor Oz also said that another option is to get Liposuction of the Ankle, where they remove fat from the inside and outside of the ankle.  Ankle Liposuction costs $6,000.  A cheaper alternative to Ankle Liposuction is the exercise, so that you build up your calf muscle and the proportion will look better – try jumping rope!

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Comments to Dr Oz Cankles: Cankle Causes, Cankle Cures & Ankle Liposuction

  1. Dr oz, you have forgotten an important cause and effect..
    Lipo edema and lipo-lymph edema..

    Lipo suction used on a patient with your cankles… could cause devistating cellulitis attack
    making the lymphatic system weaker.
    The treatment is not flashy, its manual lymph drainage massage, and compression garments…
    and it works if you keep good care of your skin, keep your weight under control, limit
    the sodium content of your food and exercise..

  2. After losing almost 100 pounds I had to get ankle liposuction to get rid of my cankles. Four months later I am still at my goal weight,I look and feel great.

  3. Great comment Gale. I found if I lose weight to size 2….yeah I said size 2 then I finally get rid of those cankles. Low carb dieting all the way to size 2 is torture but it gets rid of my cankles. Baby number 2 is making it hard to reach that kind of goal but I hate my cankles. I have had 2 lipo suctions before because of those cankles and guess what they came back after every baby. It is just cheaper to suck it up and torture myself again to size 2. Argh!

  4. Eileen mac says:

    I suffer from cankles,, I exercise 3-4 times a week, try to eat healthy, tried exercises for cankles,,
    Can’t afford liposuction,, and I hate my legs.. when i go to a beach I wear short pants to covrer much of my lower legs,,never wear a bathing suit for years now.. Never had those cankles when I was young..
    Any advise would be greatly appreciated, I’m not young anymore but trying to keep in shape,, my weight is 123 lbs as i\m only 5 ft,, trying to lose more,, im down from size 8 to size 6,
    please tell me what I ca\n do t help me,
    thanks so much ,
    Eileen

  5. I’m with you Eileen. I try to stay in shape, I’m 5′ 2″ & about 129 pounds. I do my best to eat healthy, exercise daily & very active in daily life. I watch my fat intake & sodium intake. I am 45 years old & I hate my legs too. I just want to be able to wear shorts & flip flops comfortably. I’m so self-conscious about my legs that I’m certain everyone notices them. My sister, who is 51, has them as well but hers are worse than mine. I’m certain genetics play a part but if anyone has any suggestions I am all ears! I saw my legs in a picture the other day when I decided to wear shorts to a party & I won’t be doing that again. I’m embarrassed by them & it is depressing.

    Thanks so much!

    Kim

  6. my feet started swelling when i was sixteen years of age most doctors said it was either pitting edema or pedaledema i went on a diet but of avail it still swells well i guess its cankles dont know cause im also very slim an it swells really big

  7. Adrenal Failure & Cancles says:

    Adrenal failure is the most mis-diagnosed ilnesses I’ve ever come across.

    Many doctors have no concept of how the Adrenal glands regulate so many hormones and other necessary chemicals in our bodies. As a result, they treat the symptoms, not the cause. Of course, not by design, but by lack of exposure to these complex little glands that nest on the top of each kidney.

    Common effects of Adrenal failure include cancles.
    Cancles are one of the MAJOR indicators of Adrenal Failure, amongst thyroid, hormonal problems and exhaustion from minor effort
    .

  8. Adrenal Failure & Cancles says:

    Adrenal failure is the most mis-diagnosed illnesses I’ve ever come across.

    Many doctors have no concept of how the Adrenal glands regulate so many hormones and other necessary chemicals in our bodies. As a result, they treat the symptoms, not the cause. Of course, not by design, but by lack of exposure to these complex little glands that nest on the top of each kidney.

    Common effects of Adrenal failure include cancles.
    Cancles are one of the MAJOR indicators of Adrenal Failure, amongst thyroid, hormonal problems and exhaustion from minor effort
    .

  9. I have tried all kinds of diets and I still have fat ankles and I am a average built middle aged male. I hope this article will give me new ideas to fight my cankles.

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