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…

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1-35 of 54 Comments

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


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'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

Adrian Bryant

do you have pics of your cankles you can send me? b/c at that weight and height it's hard to envision you having much fat at all

August 05, 2015


Hi Adrian, I'm 15 years old, 5'3" and 120 lbs
I know all these posts are from 2013 but I really need help so I'll still give this a shot. I've been an active dancer my whole life. I have toned muscles and everything fine, except I've never had ankles. My legs just go straight down with no ankle curve. It's always been my biggest insecurity as long as I can remember. Everyone says it's because I'm a tap dancer and that "it's muscle", but every other tap dancer I know including famous ones have great curved ankles. Mine are just like, flesh. I wear boots and pants all summer because I'm so embarrassed of them. Do you have any idea what I can do different to help this?

June 19, 2015

Adrian Bryant

have you ruled out #1 & 2 on this page?

June 19, 2015


Hi I'm really struggling with my legs. I'm 18, 5'3 1/2 and was 141 lbs but now at 134. I'm very muscular but hate how my legs go straight down with no ankle curve. I've tried compression socks, water pills, massaging oil, etc. and I don't know what else to do! I drink a ton of water on a consistent basis (although I drink diet soda about every 2-3 days). What should I do? I don't have the money to do a surgery and I want my legs to look smaller overall. I do insanity (on 2nd round) and not sure! I want to decrease my cankles and possibly inner thighs and inner knees. What can I do?

May 17, 2015


I'm not quite sure but my scale ranges anywhere from 26-30% (not quite sure if that is right though since my doctor says I'm normal weight and everything and that's considered on the verge of being obese).

May 19, 2015


From looking at the images I would say at the 18-20%

May 19, 2015


And then doing the body fat % test on your link I was like 13% so I'm really confused... I'm an athlete and have done volleyball all my life. I have a big butt which could be it but I'm lost on the correct measurement...

May 19, 2015

Adrian Bryant

the reason why I ask is because you probably simple need to do #1 & 2 on this page by using this plan here

May 19, 2015


I was told by my doctor that I don't need to lose weight and that I'm very muscular so I don't quite understand... All the weight on me is muscle from doing the insanity workout

May 21, 2015

Adrian Bryant

that's probably true. see #2. it's possible you could be retaining water

May 23, 2015


I got rid of cankles!! It took a lot of cardio and calf raises. I did 3 different types of raises- toes in, toes out, and toes straight. Worked up to do at least 30 each way. Tried to get in 3 sets of those a day. It took a long time to see the definition begin but it paid off. Again strength training and cardio. Also do squats, leg lifts, and lunges for the legs.

June 16, 2015


about how long did it take you to achieve results? I am already thin, so having cankles is really embarrassing!

January 29, 2016

sandra cummings

hi im 14 too and cankles run in my family and it is mostly fat and what workouts should i do to get rid of my flabby legs and my upper body is perfect i just need help on the legs

October 29, 2014

Adrian Bryant

what is your current weight nad height?

October 29, 2014


im 5'11 and weigh 120

November 02, 2014

Adrian Bryant

then you need to look at #2 & 3. are you sure you did not mean 5 foot ONE

November 03, 2014


I am 19 years old, 8 and a half stone, 5ft 6. The majority of my body is slim all except my ankles.. I don't personally think I should lose weight and I am already active (running, walking) I was wondering what I am doing wrong :(

July 14, 2014

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