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What causes broken capillaries in the ankles?

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Broken capillaries, which are tiny, red thread-like veins in the skin of the face, arms, legs and ankles, have many causes. But broken capillaries that occur only on the ankles and are combined with swelling of those joints can indicate serious problems.What Is a Broken Capillary?A broken capillary, also known as a telangiectasia or spider vein, is a tiny blood vessel in which the wall has ruptured, according to the Mayo Clinic. Broken capillaries in the ankle are often caused by pressure on blood vessels, but this pressure can indicate underlying medical conditions and disease.Weight GainWeight gain puts pressure on everything in the body, including capillaries in the ankles, which can cause blood vessel walls to rupture, according to Tulsa Vein Specialists.Pregnancy and HormonesPregnancy weight gain can also contribute to broken capillaries in ankles. In addition, water retention and hormonal changes can cause capillaries to break, according to Tulsa Vein Specialists.Poor Blood ... more
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