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4 Tips To Help You Finally Get Rid of Cankles

4 Tips To Help You Finally Get Rid of Cankles

Cankles are the thicker area of the lower leg where the ankle and the calf come together without any distinct shape.

The term combines the words "calf" and "ankle." While cankle isn't a medical term, this reference has become notorious due to its ability to make people self-conscious and uncomfortable, especially when wearing certain types of clothing.

If you're wondering how to get rid of cankles, you're not alone. This article will explore the best ways to eliminate cankles and achieve toned and shapely legs.

The Causes of Cankles?

In a leg without cankles, the ankle area is thinner than the calf. Legs with cankles have a calf and ankle area that is practically the same size, resulting in no definition, making the lower leg look fatter than usual.

Cankles are to be analyzed with caution. There are many causes of cankles, some of which may be related to some medical complications.

For instance, painless swelling in the ankle area is normal if you are overweight, pregnant, or undergoing hormone fluctuations. Some people also notice their ankles swelling when sitting down for extended periods.

Certain medications cause the ankle area to swell as well.

Nevertheless, swelling in the lower legs well may indicate a problem. It could be caused by a blood clot, a leg infection, or the veins failing to pump blood back to the heart properly.

That said, if you're experiencing swelling in the ankle area, it's essential that you speak to your doctor to get a complete understanding as to why it's occurring.

Tips On How To Get Rid Of Cankles

If the reason your ankles are swelling isn't a medical problem, then you're in luck. Getting rid of them under these conditions is much easier when you make specific changes to your lifestyle.

To reduce the fatty appearance of your lower legs, we recommend the following:

1. Lose Weight

If you are overweight, you must slim down to get rid of those swollen ankles. A key issue with weight loss is that you can't choose where the fat loss occurs.

Yet, if you stick to a healthy diet where you control calories and exercise optimized to burn body fat, you will lose fat in an overall manner, likely seeing smaller ankles in the process.

2. Healthy Dieting With Less Salt

Having swollen ankles can be traced to your eating habits. Eating a diet high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats can help you lose weight and tone your legs. Some of the best foods to include in your diet for getting rid of cankles include:

  • Lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, and tofu.

  • Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread.

  • Fruits and vegetables like berries, leafy greens, and carrots.

  • Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocados.

If you have a high salt intake, sodium will cause you to retain water in many areas of your body.

Therefore, eating less salt will equate to less water retention, meaning that you will feel less bloated and swell less. 

Staying hydrated is also essential in getting rid of cankles. When dehydrated, your body tends to retain water, making your legs appear swollen and puffy. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help flush out excess fluids from your body and reduce the appearance of cankles.

3. Exercising To Reduce Fat In The Ankles

One of the most effective ways to eliminate cankles is to exercise regularly. This can help you burn fat and tone the muscles in your legs, giving you a more defined calf and ankle area.

Both cardio and targeted exercise are recommended. Cardio will help burn calories effectively, while calf exercises will help strengthen muscles. Some of the best cardio exercises for the cankles are:

  • Running or jogging: This is an excellent way to burn fat and tone the muscles in your legs.

  • Jumping rope: This high-intensity exercise can help you burn calories and tone your calves.

  • Cycling: This low-impact exercise can help you tone your calf muscles.

  • Walking: A simple and easy exercise, frequent walking can help burn calories throughout the day and tone your leg muscles.

Once you've lost a reasonable amount of fat, you can focus on training the lower leg area to define the calves and ankles by toning the muscles.

Some specific calf muscle-building exercises are calf raises and staircase toe raises. Schedule them into your workout routines for slimmer and healthier-looking lower legs.

4. Cankle Fat Removal

If you've tried everything and still can't get rid of your cankles, you may want to consider cosmetic procedures such as liposuction or calf reduction surgery. However, these procedures are not all the same, as liposuction often requires general anesthesia and comes with a lengthy downtime.

Make sure to do adequate research and consult with a qualified medical professional before making any decisions.

Elite Body Sculpture's Solution for Cankles

Instead of opting for invasive and potentially risky cankle liposuction in Chicago, get yourself the CankCüre™ AirSculpt® by Elite Body Sculpture.

This minimally invasive fat removal process doesn't use a scalpel, needle,  stitches, or general anesthesia and comes with a downtime of only 48 hours. You'll achieve a beautifully tapered leg that gradually slims from the calf down to the ankle and, better yet, have no large scars or incision marks. 

For more information, head to Elite Body Sculpture Chicago or contact the body contouring office nearest you for your first consultation. 

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