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A 45-year-old female asked:

Swelling in foot- rest/immobilization for other foot (also swollen- surgery). is swelling in uninjured foot normal? due to decreased activity?

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Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Foot swelling: Gravity and immobility will make unaffected foot and ankle swell, we need to make use of our leg muscles to pump the fluid delivered from the arteries back to the heart via veins and lymphatics.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Your question is: A little confusing secondarily to your shorthand. The decreased activity can indeed cause swelling. However, if you had surgery on the other foot and are now putting pressure on the other foot it is also possible to get an overuse injury or even a stress fracture so I would keep that in the differential diagnosis.
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Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Certainly can be a consideration ,but history points more to aa
Nov 15, 2015
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Short period after surgery on one side, which would make stress fx less likely as that usually occurs over a longer period of time
Nov 15, 2015
Last updated Nov 15, 2015

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