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Women Worry About Thick Ankles, or Cankles, but Doctors Say Not Much Can Be Done

Are You Concerned About Cankles?

"Cankles" is a slang term combining "calf" and "ankle," suggesting that there's not much definition between the two areas. Some people's legs just look that way; there's not much you can do about it except just accept it and move on! But apparently, cankles are becoming a new body obsession.

Sometimes, thicker ankles can be caused by health problems, such as diabetes or hypertension. But usually, says Dr. Kathya Zinszer, they are just a "God-given" fact of life. She's had patients request liposuction on their ankles, but she doesn't recommend it. Rather, Zinszer says people shouldn't worry about the size of their ankles, but about how to keep them strong to prevent injury. What do you think of all this fuss about cankles?

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Vicky-Hart Vicky-Hart 6 years
That's easy for a doctor to say he doesn't have to live with it. This site has some good information for anyone considering cankle surgery It goes into quite a lot of detail into what you can expect during cankle surgery and also tips on recovery.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I have them, and they do make your whole body look stumpy. There's really nothing at all you can do about it.. I've had several doctors tell me so. You're just born with it.
cg130 cg130 7 years
I feel sort of evil admitting this, but I've always been really, really thankful that I wasn't born with cankles! My ankle area isn't as thin as I'd like, but I don't waste my time worrying about it, because it's not something I can change.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
divinedebris--That's exactly how my ankles are! That's why I know I can't do anything about them...there's no fat in them; it's all tendon and muscle. Good to know that I'm not the only one blessed with weird ankles.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I normally have shapely calves and ankles but had the worse case of cankles when I was pregnant. Of course it bothered me then since everything bothered me.
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
I have my mother's ankles and in profile they're very wide but from the front they're thin and it's annoying, really. I stay away from strappy sandals and pretend I don't hate them, even though I do. There is a clear definition between the ankle and calf, but that's because we have shapely calves in our family (along with wide profiled ankles).
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't know if this helps but I never noticed people's ankles before or even knew what a "cankle" was until my brother's wife once remarked that she has cankles and I had to ask about it. So I don't think it's as noticeable as people who have them think - you probably are the only ones who know you have them. I'd rather have a little flesh on my ankles than what I have now - so bony it hurts when my feet are together or in a lotus position (in yoga) and kills if I knock my ankles against anything. Plus my ankles (and feet) are bony to the point of having raised veins - my hubby's friends make fun of me for it. I sort of wish to have more flesh there.
biarose biarose 7 years
I don't think it's a silly thing to worry about, but I don't worry about it because my ankles are very thin.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'm glad I don't have cankles, since I have HUGE calves. My ankles aren't skinny, either, but there is a clear separation.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I have cankles, but I can't help it; they're totally genetic in my case. My grandma, aunt, and cousin all have them and we sort of comiserate about them. I don't really worry about them a whole lot; I figure if I just wear footwear that hides them pretty well (no gladiator sandals for me), I have nothing to worry about.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I would be if I had them. Glad I don't.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
Ah yes, I have cankles, as does my mother, sister, grandmother... Can't do a think about them. I tend to stay away from ankle strap shoes because they look even canklely-er. Boo hoo, and there are some cute ankle strap shoes!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Reminds me of Mean Girls: "my nail beds SUCK"
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I don't have them but I just have to say, how many things is society going to make women feel self conscious about? What''s next?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I don't have them but I am legitimately afraid of them on other people... I like, cross the street or move down the subway car. its absurd, but its a fear I have. I completely admit its 100% crazy.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I have them, I don't like them, but oh well. With the right shoes, my ankles look great!
shmoo15 shmoo15 7 years
I get cankles when I fly or am on my feet all day. It's the grossest thing ever
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I admit I look at some women with cankles and feel happy I don't have them.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
There's nothing to worry about if you have "cankles." As long as you are healthy and can walk, I say be happy with what you have. It bums me out that anybody would worry about how their ANKLES look.
kcmosinki kcmosinki 7 years
I totally agree with bleached, my ankles are thin but i also am self conscious about other 'silly' things that I can't change, so I can identify with people who stress over it. ladies, we are all unique and beautiful, we just need to focus on being healthy and accept ourselves warts and all.(i'm preaching to myself as well here)
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