To get rid of cankles…

1. You're overweight

All you need to do is a weight loss plan here to lose weight all over your body including your stubborn cankle fat & no…

There is not a special exercise you can do just to target cankles only but…

Doing weight loss exercises like running, sprinting, jumping rope & jumping jacks that involves you moving your feet will help you firm and tone the muscles around the ankle & calf areas reducing the appearance of your cankles while eliminating them all together on a weight loss plan

(Play the video below for an exercise that'll help you get rid of cankles)

2. You're bloated (you're retaining water)

Water retention, edema or swelling in the ankle area can make you have cankles no matter if you're skinny or fat but…

Do this quick test to be able to tell if its fat or swelling causing your cankles…

pitting edema for cankles

3 quick ways to get rid of cankles cause by water retention…

  1. Drink at least 1 liter of water per day because your body will hold onto water if you don't drink enough.
  2. Use these natural diuretics that'll flush out your excess water weight.
  3. Use these tips here for a flatter stomach which deal with getting rid of excess water weight.

3. Genetics

If you've done everything meaning you've even tried high intensity workouts like intervals, a healthy low calorie diet & you made sure you're not retaining water weight and you still have cankles even though you are at a normal weight…

Then the bad news is that you may be genetically predisposed to having cankles but the not so good news is that you can have surgery to remove your cankels for up to $8,000 but before you have surgery…

You could have lipoderma &…

Lipoderma unfortunately is an incurable disease that mostly affects women where they accumulate fat on their lower body and as of now…

To get rid of cankels…

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1-35 of 72 Comments

Hi I'm 22 years old, I'm 5'6 and I weight around 143 pounds, I used to be 121 pounds. I was really skinny and had skinny legs in 2014. All of a sudden I gained weight, this gain has happened over in 2015 and 2016. I gained weight everywhere my love handles were very noticeable and my legs obviously got bigger. I am now running pretty much every day and I have already lost most of my love handles. I look at my calves and ankles and I wonder if it is genetic or if it was because of my weight gain and it is a constant worry for me. My calves seem defined on the inner part but on the outer part there isn't any definition.
Please could someone help me figure out if my Cankles are genetic or it is because of the weight I gained.

January 30, 2017

Adrian Bryant

its probably more from the weight (and water weight) you gained

January 30, 2017


thank you for your quick reply!
So with time and regular exercise it should go?

January 30, 2017

Adrian Bryant

yes but stay in touch if you need more help

January 30, 2017

Emily Salisbury

I have cankles and i dont know how to get rid of them is it because i am fat?

November 12, 2016

Adrian Bryant

what is your weight and height? it may be as simple as you losing weight all over to get rid of your cankles

November 13, 2016


i have ankles which have come from my achilles tendonitis 2 years ago. i don't know what to do and i have tried endless exercises to try and get rid of my cankles. please can someone give me advise on what i can do!

July 09, 2016

Adrian Bryant

what is your current weight and height

July 10, 2016


Height 1.6 and weight 60

January 12, 2017

John Galt

Here's a sure-fire way to get rid of Cankles: Vote for Tr u_mp in November.

July 01, 2016

Kathy S.

What a pathetic human you must be to bring politics into a health conversation. But since you did, I feel it's my responsibility to bring a different view. T rump just wants to sow fear and scare people into v oting for him. He's a reckless buffoon with zero experience and a completely incoherent agenda. Trump is the LAST person anyone should vote for.

July 22, 2016


And what ,vote for the crooked democratic party , there is no good choice , I think Trump could effect more good changes with the shake up he would cause. Our greedy govt. is totally out of control . They dont stand up for anything ,sheep following wolves run by corporations and greed mongers who want war and upheaval.

July 30, 2016


You can't be serious - Trump is a sexist, racist, ignorant, self centered idiot! If he wins I hate to think of the repercussions. He doesn't care about the people - he is just after the glory!!

August 20, 2016


I am 5'9, weigh 130 pounds and I have horrible horrible cankles. I exercise 6 days a week, cardio and strength training and you would never even know. If you just saw a picture of my lower body..I promise you'd never ever match it up with my upper body. I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin and feel comfortable enough to wear shorts, skirts, and cute summer dresses. Any tips? I also wanted to add that some days my cankles aren't as big as other days..but I Def don't have pitted Edema. My significant other will tell me your having a bad leg day..or..hey your having a good leg day. So I know it's not all in my head.

June 13, 2016

Adrian Bryant

that seems to me like you are retaining water. have you read this?

June 14, 2016

Nikki S

Go find an out-of-print book on Callenetics. Written by Callen Pinckney. You WILL balance out your body with her exercises. I did. You can, too. They're hard, and the 1st time I did the 1 hour session, it took me 8 hours to complete because I had to keep stopping to rest. In 6 months you'll thank me, and almost worship her.

August 28, 2016


I am 19y.o.,170 lbs 6'25'' and I have cankles ever since I can remember.( recently I've seen a photo of me of age 6 where I have cankles; I was really skinny at that time). Now my upper body is kinda skinnier than average but my legs are kinda massive. In past I trained airalert training program which is excesive training of legs for 3 months straight. My legs've gotten really muscular but my calves remained the same.. I drink enough of water, eat relatively healthy, I tried lots of work outs, running etc but nothing seems to help.Thank you for any advice :)

May 07, 2016


*but my cankles remained the same

May 07, 2016

Adrian Bryant

is this something that runs in your family?

May 07, 2016


Not really, I don't know about it.

May 08, 2016

Adrian Bryant

if your bodyfat percentage is pretty low Like under 10-to-15% then its probably genetic but if over 15% then diet and exercise should help

May 08, 2016

Adin Kacevic

Hey im 16 and im a male and i suffer cankles and ive tried to work out with legs for a month and i barely see any results

December 04, 2016


I'm 12 5'4 and 120lbs. I play heavy travel ball and do strength and agility twice a week. All of the sudden I have no ankles and kids are calling me fat but I wear a 0. What can I do.

April 20, 2016


I am 13 and around 5' tall and weight around 115. I don't excercise that much but I am skinny on the top. I do have a grandma and my mom that do have bigger legs and cankles. I read that it is because you don't have enough growth hormone in you. So you might ask a doctor to take pills or injections.

June 21, 2016


I'm so glad I found this blog! I am 52, 5'5" and weigh 127 lbs. Granted, I have slacked up on my exercise during the past few years but wouldn't be considered overweight. I've always has nice slim legs and ankles but over the past 3-4 years, I've grown cankles! I hate them! Could this be a symptom of going through "change"? My body is changing in other more conventional ways but cankles? It is like I've grown big bones on the sides of my ankles. Help?

March 29, 2016

Adrian Bryant

sounds like it is just you gaining fat all over which can be lost with diet and exercise

March 30, 2016


I am 5'2 tall and126lbs.I am 19 yes old and I have fat ankles,can u please tell me the my weight too much.I drink 2 litres of water everyday and I only eat home. made food.I cannot wear shorts or leggings. please help me.

March 12, 2016


Hi. I am 30 years old, just had my first child and have never worn shorts, skirts or anything that would expose my white legs and cankles. This has always been an insecurity for me and I want to finally do something about it. I am 5'4", 135 pounds. I know it is genetics, from Dad's side and it was always pointed out by my Mom and Sister who both have skinny legs (but no butt, lol). What do you advise? It is time for me to be happy with me, all of me so I can be a positive example for my daughter and teach her to love herself. Thank you.

March 04, 2016

Adrian Bryant

what is your bofyfat %? it is possible that as you lose weight all over you may lose your cankles

March 05, 2016


Hi, I am a 21 yr old college student who is 5'9" and around 155-159 Ibs. I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk either studying or working. I have been struggling to find ways to exercise that will burn fat but not be too physically intense since I have some old knee and back injuries that tend to flair up after intense exercises. I like to walk but that just isn't cutting it. I would like to get back to about 140-145 Ibs. Do you have any suggestions for exercises that you think will help and any that work well while sitting? Thank you.

November 18, 2015


Greetings and thanks so much for your availability !
I am 67 and in good shape. I am 5'6, muscular and weigh 152 pds. I have never worn a skirt in my life, nor a pair of shorts or anything other than a long dress or pants because of my legs. My other 5 sisters also have the curse of cancels. My mother passed this on to us and we all have turmoil because of this ugly condition.
I tried lipo suction when I was in my 30's but the doctor never had done it before and only made things worse. I have been a single mom all my life with one fabulous son who is 30 & on his own. This has been such a hang up for me that the idea of dating, getting into a relationship and having to reveal these legs put this part of my life on hold.

It might sound silly but they say it's never too late to start a new life. I would like to find out who you think is the very best to take care of my legs surgically and if medicare would ever cover this genetic ugly situation. It really is a curse 1

November 16, 2015

Adrian Bryant

had you ever tried fat loss diets and/or workouts along with trying to flush out excess water solve your problem?

November 17, 2015


Hello, i'm 6'0 - 6'1 Male. I weigh 150 lbs. My upper body is relatively skinny and it seems like all of my fat goes to my legs. My legs have always been kinda thick. I'm not sure if I need to work and lose ALL of my body fat to eliminate this, or if my cankles are a result of genetics. My mother too has them but she is overweight so I'm not completely sure. I tried method #2 but my ankles didn't have the indention effect. I'm going to drink an increased amount of water anyways just to be sure. Should I do cardio to attempt to lose this weight? I don't want an increase of muscle mass. I just want to lose my cankles and some leg weight. Thanks in advance.

August 05, 2015

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