Cankles surely bother you a lot, but getting rid of them can be a difficult task. The first thing to do is discover their cause, and then you will know what to do. The most common reasons for the appearance of cankles are listed here, together with the ways to get rid of them.
Water retention occurs in pregnancy or during the menstrual cycle, as well as the the result of spending a lot of time sitting or lying. It can slow down your circulation and cause the ankles to swell and blend in with the calf. If this is the case with you, take the next steps:
- Avoid taking too much salt because sodium levels affect water retention in your body, that is to say- the more salt you take the more water your body will keep.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption; they directly affect water retention.
- Be more active. Activity causes better circulation and movement of fluids through your body. Any type of physical activity is ok, but swimming is the best, since water pressure will do wonders not just for your cankles, but also for your health in general. Thirty minutes every other day should be enough. If you don’t swim, you can take up cycling, running, or walking for at least thirty minutes a day in order to increase circulation.
- Take enough vitamins and minerals through fruits and vegetables, and avoid foods rich in calories, fat and sugar. Green leafy vegetables and whole grains are especially good, as they are full of fibers, which help slow down your digestion.
Another common cause is being overweight, in which case the first thing you should do to get rid of cankles is, of course, to lose weight. You should consult a doctor to determine the most suitable balanced diet for you.
Even if you aren’t fat, you may have cankles. The reason might be a lack of muscle in the lower leg, in which case exercise could help. For example, calf raises every other day might be a good idea. They are quite easy to do, just find a step and pull your heels up and down while standing on the step with your toes. Or hold to the back of the chair and go up and down on your tip toes.
If you want quick results, you can try to hide you cankles by using some simple tricks. First of all, you can completely hide them by wearing log skirts or trousers. Or even better, get some boots which will cover your cankles; there are models for summer, too. This way you will be able to wear short skirts and show your legs. Make sure you don’t wear shoes with straps around the ankle.
If after all nothing works for you, and your cankles really bother you, the final solution might be surgery. The usual procedures in this case are calf implants and ankle liposuction, which are considered to be law risk procedures and are usually performed under local anaesthetic. The recovery time is generally minimal.
Whatever the causes are and whatever you do to get rid of cankles, just be patient and you will see the results over time, for sure. You won’t have to hide your legs in socks, boots and maxi skirts, and you will be happy to show your legs.