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A 16-year-old female asked about a 69-year-old female:

she has gone to many doctors but no one knows why. her ankles and hurt bad. they go down but after she walks around they swell again

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Ankle pain swelling: Swelling at 69 can be venous insufficiency, may need support hose and a water pill to get the water off, if diabetic the ankle pain can be Charcot's joint, if recent infection can be post -infectious arthritis , need aleve (naproxen) if not allergic and no stomach ulcers. May also be clogged arteries in leg, and poor cardiac status. Need xrays , ankle brachial index, dopplers F/U w/doc
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
See below: There are a number of different causes of fluid retention in the lower extremities. Without knowing more information it's impossible to venture a guess. Depending on the age of the patient and any coexisting illness, some of the more common causes include idiopathic edema, veinous insufficiency, and conditions of the heart,liver and kidneys .SEE: http://wb.md/1f8jIWq

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Last updated Jul 3, 2015

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