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What causes swelling below the knee?

What causes swelling below the knee?

Many things: The quick answer is there are many things that can cause swelling below the knee. The nice thing is that if you go to an experienced physician, most musculoskeletal problems can be relatively easily discerned, which of course would dictate treatment. Thus without specifics of where you are experiencing swelling, we will not be able to give you an appropriate answer. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Leg swelling bellow knee . pain ANA discomfort from the knee to the toes .

Leg swelling bellow knee . pain ANA discomfort from the knee to the toes .

Blood clot : this could be a serious condition seek medical help immediately ...Read more

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Swelling above the front of ankle around the shin area?

Swelling above the front of ankle around the shin area?

In absence of injury: This could be ganglion, or a swelling from underlying bone, nerve, muscle, or vascular tissue. If its getting bigger or causing pain, etc. Then need for investigating it further with xrays, mri/ct scans, blood work. Surgical removal with biopsy would most likely be necessary to get definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of knee pain below the knee cap?

What are the causes of knee pain below the knee cap?

Osgood schlaters: If you are are a teenager you may have painful tibial tuberodities as seen in osgood schlatters disease. This is seen in teen ager when the bone grows quicker than the blood supply causing islands of necrosis. This is a benign vondition helped by rest. ...Read more

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Can a knee injury cause swelling below the knee, closer to the ankle?

Can a knee injury cause swelling below the knee, closer to the ankle?

Yes - you need evalu: Yes it can especially if there is a Baker's cyst where the fluid can leak out of the back of the knee and go down the leg. This can be joint fluid and at times with an injury there can be acute swelling, even with bleeding that can leak out the back and do this. Ask your physican if you have a Baker's Cyst. ...Read more

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Knee pain in back of the knee just above the calf, to the outside of the knee radiating to the ankle. Pain with prolonged weight baring & flexion caus

Knee pain in back of the knee just above the calf, to the outside of the knee radiating to the ankle. Pain with prolonged weight baring & flexion caus

Bakers Cyst: This is common in people who stand up for a long time. It develops on the back of you knee, the popliteal fossa, and presses on a the proneal nerver which causes the pain to shoot down to you ankle. Need and orthopedic consult. ...Read more

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Swelling below right knee cap. Slightly on the center to right outside pocket of swelling g?

Swelling  below right knee cap. Slightly on the center to right outside pocket of swelling g?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. One of the more common is called pre patellar bursitis which can develop in the area of the knee you are describing. A detailed exam will usually tell you the cause, consider being checked. ...Read more

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Visible swelling, lateral side of knee along joint line upon extension. Swelling moves to front of the knee when flexed. What injury is this?

Visible swelling, lateral side of knee along joint line upon extension. Swelling moves to front of the knee when flexed. What injury is this?

Meniscal tear: Sounds like swelling arises from within the knee joint, indicating something is wrong inside the knee. Alternatively, if you are a runner or cyclist, iliotibial band bursitis could cause similar symptoms. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, rest this weekend, and see a sports medicine or orthopedic doctor next week. ...Read more

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What causes cramps in the tendon above the ankle?

What causes cramps in the tendon above the ankle?

Use Vs Nerve: Most cramping can be traced to over use of the tendon. Some times orthotics can support the arch and allow the tendons to work less and reduce pain/cramping. Nerve and some electrolytes can cause cramping. ...Read more

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What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

Pain and swelling: If you are having pain and swelling above the kneecap there are different possibilities. You could have problems with your quadriceps tendon insertion, arthritis, or something torn inside your knee. ...Read more

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What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

See an Orthopaedist: A baker's cyst is often a sign of pathology within the knee joint (meniscal tear or arthritis e.g.). If you are also experiencing pain and swelling above the knee cap, an orthopaedic evaluation is recommended to identify the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Swelling back leg isolated below gastrocnemius to ankle. MRI, arteriovenous US normal.Tightness both sides of leg near ankle w/ dorsiflex. Tendonitis?

Swelling back leg isolated below gastrocnemius to ankle. MRI, arteriovenous US normal.Tightness both sides of leg near ankle w/ dorsiflex. Tendonitis?

MRI of what?: This is tendonitis the MRI should have picked it up. If it was a Baker's cyst the US should have picked it up. What else did these examinations show? You need to discuss with your physician the results of the tests and what was and what was not imaged. ...Read more

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What causes swelling on the knee joint?

What causes swelling on the knee joint?

Injury or arthritis: Injury or some type of arthritis, as well as some types of inflammatory diseases can cause your symptoms. You should see your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Having pain in the left knee and slightly above the knee?

Having pain in the  left knee and slightly above the knee?

Exam: Have the knee examined- could be tendonitis, muscle strain or internal knee derangement. See a physician. ...Read more

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What causes lateral numbness, edema in pain in knee?

What causes lateral numbness, edema in pain in knee?

Internal: derangement of the knee joint including cartilage teats of the ACL, PCL, lateral ligament or infrapatellar tendinitis. Trauma can also cause effusion or hemarthrosis ( blood in the knee joint ). No matter what you must be examined and x-rayed, probably will need an MRI or a diagnostic aspiration of the joint fluid. Call for an orthopedic consultation asap. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of persistant pain in the front of the knee below the knee cap felt strongest w/twisting and foot back farther than knee?

What is the main cause of persistant pain in the front of the knee below the knee cap felt strongest w/twisting and foot back farther than knee?

PAF: Patellofemoral syndrome would be my first thought. Patella stabilizing brace or strap and Phys Therapy program to strengthen the VMO of the quads can be helpful along with modifying exercise to avoid aggravation. Ice after exercise and NSAID if no reason not to take. Other common causes arthritis, meniscal tear or degeneration, loose body in the knee, bony bruise to knee host of others as well. ...Read more

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How do I relief inflammation in knee its starting to swell above the knee in the thigh region.

R.I.C.E.: Try ice and elevation first. 20 minutes on, 30-40 minutes off. Keep the foot above the heart. It is a natural way to stop swelling by constricting the blood vessels and allowing fluid to drain back to the heart via gravity. Sounds line a possible knee effusion that could need drainage. If ice doesn't improve your swelling, go see your regular doctor or orthopedist. Good 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