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Ankle Swelling After Cast Removal
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
How do I get swelling to down after ankle cast removal, no pain just swelling when weight bearing?
Goes down with time: Ankle fracytures that are treated non operatively in a cast may have swelling following cast removal with activity for some time. It takes on average a total of 9 months for swelling and pain to either go away or if some swelling remains after 9 months it may persist. Therapy and activity will help reduce swelling with time. Check with your physician. ...Read more
Pain?: Depending on your medical history, this could be a lot of things. If there is pain and you are post menopausal, you could have gout. Other possible conditions include arthritis, diabetic charcot foot, infection (usually an open wound is associated with this), etc. There are many possibilities. If it continues to bother you, see your pcp for a referral to a specialist. ...Read more
Why Swelling?: Swelling can be a symptom of many problems from simple things such as illfitting shoes or too tight of socks. However ankle swelling can be a symptom of arthritis particularly if associated with pain. Too much fluid in your body secondary to decreased kidney function is a possible cause. Varicose veins can cause swelling. The reasons are multiple so before treatment try to find out the cause. ...Read more
Comfortable shoes,: Support stockings, elevate the feet as often as possible, watch the salt intake. ...Read more
Injury?: Ankle issues in patients your age most commonly develop from a traumatic or overuse injury. Was there an injury or are you exercising/in training? Early treatment involves rest, ice, compression (with a brace or elastic wrap) and elevation. It's difficult to give you more advice without more information. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
See a doctor: Without history of injury it could be many things. You need to be examined. ...Read more
Yes: You need a full history and physical to determine the cause and not just a heart check. Based on your history and risk factors additional testing may be needed. ...Read more
Time of injury: That depends on how long ago your ankle was injured. If it is in the past several days and it generally is getting better than you can wait. If it has been several weeks then I would suggest a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. If your swelling has been going on for years or is in both legs than I would first see my primary care doctor. ...Read more
I am experiencing ankle swelling. And I noticed on my shin there's an indent and it's discolored?
More info?: Is it both ankles or just one? Did you injure your ankle? How long has it been swelling? Getting worse? Any new meds? Have you had similar problems in the past? If lasting more than a few days see your MD ...Read more
How long am I suppose to wait for my ankle swelling to persist until its necessary to see a doctor?
10 days: If it doesn't resolve by then I would get it checked. If pain is involved I would get it checked now. ...Read more
Traveled on plane for two hours had left ankle swelling for a couple of days now my calf hurts. What could it be?
Several things: Most worrisome is a clot in the deep veins of the leg. Need ultrasound of the deep veins in the leg to assess this. Esp if swelling still there and calf pain still there. Unlikely to be calf muscle cramp and edema in leg, which can happen on long trip but should be gone by now. Best to have this evaluated. Hope this helps. Dr R ...Read more
A quick question- what would cause ankle swelling in both ankles? BP normal. No swell in morning. Swell in afternoon. Take off socks/shoes- decreases.
Calf pain: Blood clots, known as "deep venous thrombosis " or "dvt" can occur in the calf of the leg (one of the most common sites). Dvt's are characterized by pain, swelling and localized tenderness. Most commonly they occur after surgery, trauma, or prolonged periods of immobility (like a long airplane flight. ...Read more
Lump & swelling: That combination of symptoms indicates a need for you to see your doc ASAP. He/she will help you identify and rule out causes. That will give you a healthier life and peace of mind. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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