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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Pitting Edema In Ankles

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Can risperdal cause pitting edema in lower legs ankles and feet?

Can risperdal cause pitting edema in lower legs ankles and feet?

Probably not: There is no listing of edema being caused by Risperdal but any side effect is possible. I would look at poss varicose veins, hormones or other drug reactions. ...Read more

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Causes of one sided non pitting edema right foot and ankle, no known injury, no pain? No change for 10 days. Otherwise healthy. Thanks.

Causes of one sided non pitting edema right foot and ankle, no known injury, no pain? No change for 10 days. Otherwise healthy. Thanks.

Be aware: This could be a sign of a blood clot - a so called deep vein thrombosis, although this type of swelling tends to be pitting. Nonpitting edema tends to be from lymphatic obstuction or from deposition of certain substances like you see with hypothyroidism (though this tends to be bilateral - on both sides). Nonetheless, you should get this looked at by a doctor sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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25yo my calves, ankles and feet stay swollen w pitting edema. Been to ER twice and 2 docs. All tests normal. What can cause this and what can I do?

25yo my calves, ankles and feet stay swollen w pitting edema. Been to ER twice and 2 docs. All tests normal. What can cause this and what can I do?

Go to primary care: With your history I would want to make sure that they did urine tests to make sure that there is no protein in your urine. A urinalysis is the initial test done in most cases. An er is often not the best place to get this evaluated and you may be better off seeing a primary care physician who will decide if you need further referrals. Would also consider getting thyroid checked. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause circulatory issues, cold feet and hands also pitting edema in legs ankles and feet?

Hypothyroid: Generally not circulatory issues unless the edema is tremendous, but definitely edema. See your family doc for help. ...Read more

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83 yr female. One swollen ankle, burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

83 yr female. One swollen ankle, burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

ANKLE PAIN: You want to go see a foot specialist such as a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedics because you might have a possible fracture, severe ankle sprain, cellulitis or vascular condition. The only way to diagnose these condition is by a physical exam, blood work, cultures if open wound followed with diagnostic/radiographic testing. ...Read more

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What can cause pitting edema in only one leg?

What can cause pitting edema in only one leg?

A lot of diseases.: Generally, we think of systemic diseases (heart failure, cirrhoss) causing bilateral edema. Those are less likely if it is confined to one leg. Conditions that cause it:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot)
- Chronic Venous insufficiency
- lymphedema (from surgery or trauma)- edema more often nonpitting

there are many more, which is why you must see your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes my leg to swell up over night like pitting edema?

What causes my leg to swell up over night like pitting edema?

Pitting edema: It can come from many causes, including heart faikure, liver disease, kidney disease, excessive salt intake and fluid retension. It can also come from lacal condition involving just the affected extremitiy, like varicose veins and thrombophlebitis.
You should see your doctor and have him check you. ...Read more

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How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

Why do you have it?: Is it unilateral or bilateral. Is it something that worsens during the day. Do you have a heart or kidney ailment. I need more info to help you. Can be bad veins and many other things. ...Read more

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How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

1st find out cause: Before treating a condition, figure out it's cause. In case of swelling in feet/ankles, make sure your kidneys, liver & heart are ok. Ask if any medications might be causing your edema. Make sure you don't have a blood clot in your leg. Amlodipine is notorious for this. Assuming there's nothing wrong, keep your feet propped up. Avoid prolonged standing. Wear support hose. Consider a water pill. ...Read more

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My BP, blood sugar is under control. My echocardiography shows no abnormality. Then y do I get pitting edema around ankles?

My BP, blood sugar is under control. My echocardiography shows no abnormality. Then y do I get pitting edema around ankles?

Edema: Important to determine cause. Possibilities are: kidney losses of protein and low blood albumin, liver impairment of albumin synthesis and low blood albumin, nutritional insufficiency of protein and low blood albumin, venous insufficiency of leg veins, blockage of leg veins, or lung disease and venous engorgement, or kidney insufficiency and sodium retention. ...Read more

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24wks preg. Legs swell from knees down, knee area worst. Have pitting edema around knees only not ankles should I get checked?

24wks preg. Legs swell from knees down, knee area worst. Have pitting edema around knees only not ankles should I get checked?

Yes you need check u: All pregnant women are advised prenatal care....check ups with your Ob/Gyn doctor where they can check you and the developing fetus. There is risk of kidney malfunction which can cause protein loss in urine, menifesting as swelling of feet. This can be associated with high BP (condition called Pre-eclampsia). You should visit your doctor very soon as the condition can harm the baby if not handled p ...Read more

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I have pitting edema in my ankle and foot after an agressive bee sting...should I worry?

I have pitting edema in my ankle and foot after an agressive bee sting...should I worry?

Tricky Bees-ness.: You should be cautiously concerned. Apply a towel wrapped ice bag to the sting area. Make sure the stinger is out and clean the sting site with soap and water. Ibuprofen might help with the pain and inflammation. If there is a history of this type of reaction with bee stings, then be prepared to deal with any escalation of symptoms by visiting the urgent care. ...Read more

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Coughing with upper right back pain hoarseness of voice, malaise? Left calf and ankle w/pitting edema

Coughing with upper right back pain hoarseness of voice, malaise? Left calf and ankle w/pitting edema

Get checked out: Coughing and back pain with a swollen leg need to be evaluated for blood clots migrating from the leg to the lung. Pneumonia is another possibility. Good luck. ...Read more

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The last 3 days I have been experiencing pitting edema and pain in both feet, ankles and toes. My hands hurt as well and are slightly swollen?

The last 3 days I have been experiencing pitting edema and pain in both feet, ankles and toes. My hands hurt as well and are slightly swollen?

Go to ER: Unless you have a known condition or illness that causes this, get to the ER right now. Get someone to take you. Do not wait around and let this worsen. Go. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Mva, 2005. Mult. Surgeries = r ankle fused, w/plates, pins, screws, metal rod to halfway up leg. Why sporadic pitting edema in both legs from standing?

Mva, 2005. Mult. Surgeries = r ankle fused, w/plates, pins, screws, metal rod to halfway up leg. Why sporadic pitting edema in both legs from standing?

Edema.: Edema in lower extremities comes from interplay of many factors - protein content of blood, hydrostatic pressure induced by gravity, the state of valves in veins, the amount of circulating fluid in bloodstream and the degree of competency of lymphatic system. If any of these - or a combination of these- is a bit off you get swelling. Might expect swelling worse on r but this might not happen. ...Read more

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I have pitting edema and a bad achy pain with bad spasms and charlie horses in my right foot and ankle. It hurts so bad that it's giving me panic attacks. What should I do?

Edema and pain foot: You need medical attention to find the cause of the edema and pain. You may have a problem with your circulation or even clots in your vessels. ...Read more

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12d s/p 2nd deg ATFL ankle sprain. Still 2+ pitting edema entire foot dorsum, not just ankle. Elevating helps a bit. Why circulation issue? What 2do?

May be due to HTN: It is common to have swelling for 3-6 months after a severe ankle sprain. But pitting edema is usually a result of venous disease. The veins do get damaged when you sprain your ankle, leading to swelling, but since you have high blood pressure as well, the veins have been insufficient before the injury and are now damaged more. I recommend you see a vascular specialist. ...Read more

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I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

Could be serious.: Hemihypertrophy can mean a difference in length of the leg as well as girth of the leg. If you have suddenly noticed a difference in girth with searing calf pain and pitting edema, you need to go to the ER immediately because of the possibility of a blood clot. I believe in playing it safe since failure to treat could have devastating consequences. ...Read more

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I recently started gabapentin for anxiety and I noticed pitting edema on my right foot and ankle and shortness of breath. Side effect or panic attack?

I recently started gabapentin for anxiety and I noticed pitting edema on my right foot and ankle and shortness of breath. Side effect or panic attack?

Gabapentin: Hi, lower extremity swelling could be a side effect of Gabapentin but I don't believe your Shortness of Breath is due to Gabapentin, I suggest that you contact ur prescribing doctor to change your medication. Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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