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I have read your post and observations about the swelling in your ankle, and the question about using lisinopril to help with the swelling. I will first provide a summary answer to your question, AND, if you would prefer some additional back-and-forth, with additional questions and more details clarified, I'm more than happy to stay around with you, free of any additional cost to you. You can continue to ask questions and receive answers without additional charges.
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In brief, lisinopril does not work as a systemic anti-inflammatory, and would not likely help with the swelling in your ankle Instead, one could think that lisinopril works with "valves" within the kidney, to help your whole body manage the volume of water inside the body... it works over the long-term, and would not pick off swelling preferentially from your ankle. A better option to consider would be either elevation (using gravity to help the fluid come down to your heart), an appropriate systemic antiinflammatory medication (naproxen or iburprofen are typical choices, but may interact with your kidneys and lisinopril, so may not be appropriate for you), or the use of ice on the ankle to help with the swelling physically and locally.
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