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Doctor insights on: Edema Of Ankles

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Have used lithium for 10+ years with constant edema of ankles. Now have chronic venous deficiency. Could lithium have caused this as long use.

Lithium and veins: Endothelial cells have the key function of participating in the maintenance of open and functional capillaries. Dysfunction of the vascular endothelium is thus a hallmark of human diseases such as peripheral vascular disease (rajendran 2013) however lithium alters the disposition and release of norepinephrine and, as a result, affects adrenergic neurotransmission(beaty 1981) may impair venous flow. ...Read more

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How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

Use your muscles: The contraction of calf muscles helps to push the blood back up to the heart. So doing calf raises, going for a walk are helpful. Compression socks (like jobst) are also very useful in preventing swelling especially if you have a job where you are standing still for many hours. ...Read more

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Difference of pedal edema or ankle swelling?

Difference of pedal edema or ankle swelling?

Local or general: Pedal edema is how doctors refer to swollen feet. Pregnant women often get pedal edema as their pregnancy progresses heart disease circulation problems etc. Ankle get swelling because you have sprain ankle. ...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

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