How to Get Rid of Cankles

June 14, 2019

Cankles is of the many health conditions which many people do develop without knowing its cause/s and knowing how they can treat it.

What are cankles?

Cankles is a slang and kitschy term which refers to swollen, oversized ankles which occur when the ankles thicken and a lower calf appears to emerge.

How do you know that you have cankles?

In case your calf and ankle muscle are very similar in size, then you might have what they call cankles. When you have cankles it’ll be difficult for you to differentiate between your calf and ankle muscle.

Causes of Cankles

Cankles is not a medical condition or term and there’s no proven ankle to calf ratio that we can relate to. Some of the causes of cankles areas highlighted below:

  • Kidney disease
  • Fluid retention especially during pregnancy
  • Weight gain in your legs areas.
  • Genetics for instance if your parents have cankles you might also have them.
  • Heart failure
  • Blood clots
  • Excess sodium intake

In case you have fluid retention in your ankles, then you must consult your doctor as you never know what might befall you. The ankles are the part of the body which are prone to deposition of fat due to the body type and genetic tendencies. In many cases, the cankles are not related to being overweight or obesity. The ankles are areas which are resistant to exercise and diet modifications.

How to Get Rid of Cankles

There are so many ways of getting rid of cankles. You can get both the surgical and non-surgical treatment for cankles, as seen below.

Surgical treatments

  • Liposuction, which removes excess fat at the calf area.
  • Calf implants, which increase the appearance of the calf muscle.

Non-surgical treatments

  • Exercises such as doing calf raise ad jumping have been known to be an effective method of reducing calf muscles.
  • Body contouring devices such as Liposonix or SculpSure are some of the best devices which can be used to reduce excess fat at the calf area. SculpSure has been seen by the plastic surgeons as the best non-surgical treatment which can be used in treating cankles.

Cankle Surgery

Cankles can be fixed surgically through calf augmentation or liposuction. In case the transition between the calf and ankles is blunted, it can be due to small calves or large ankles. If the calves are very small, then you have to undergo calf enlargement either through calf implants, fat transfer, or exercise. In case the ankles are very large, the treatment can be done through the reduction of this area.

The calf implant surgery consists of crafting an incision at the natural crease line which is behind the knee and then inserting an implant at the calf muscle.

Risks of Cankle Surgery

  • Implant shifting
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Going through a cankle surgery procedure might be very risky due to the presence of many blood vessels and nerves at the ankles. Swelling after the procedure might be experienced for a longer time. If you’re swelling or have edema as a result of poor circulation or varicose veins, then it’s recommended that you treat the veins using vascular surgery. In future, the non-invasive treatments, for instance, the kybella might be the best options for treating fat at the ankle area. Currently, the non-invasive treatments are deemed to be less effective. This is due to the fact these methods are not able to differentiate between soft tissue, bones, muscles, nerves, veins, arteries, tendons and fat depositions.

Period of Recovery for Cankles

If you opt to undergo calf augmentation surgery so that you can correct your cankles, then you may experience the following effects:

  • The area of treatment might be bruised and swollen for some days after the operation
  • Stiffness in walking for about 2 to 3 weeks
  • Some headaches which can be managed through painkillers

On the other hand, if you choose liposuction for treating cankles you can experience the following:

  • Drainage
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort when lying flat

All of these symptoms can last for about 2 to 3 weeks.

Cost of Cankle Surgery

The average cost for the cankle surgery is about $6,000, and this includes the fees for the surgeon, operation, and anaesthesia fees. If you’re required to use recovery equipment then you’ll be required to pay more. However, it's good that you consult with your plastic surgeon so that you can get a quote for your surgery.

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