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Doctor insights on: Elevation For Swelling

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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


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If I have CVI below knee wouldn't 30-40 compression socks + elevation reduce some of the swelling? Neither helps in the slightest.

If I have CVI below knee wouldn't 30-40 compression socks + elevation reduce some of the swelling? Neither helps in the slightest.

Unclear: CVI is the venous insufficiency or cardiovascular insufficiency. Depends on the type of condition as to the treatment. If this is for venous insufficiency you should see a vascular surgeon who might be able to help you the most. ...Read more

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What causes swelling in both ankles. Came on suddenly. Elevation does not seem to help. I'm 57 good health and very active. 35 lbs overweight

What causes swelling in both ankles. Came on suddenly. Elevation does not seem to help. I'm 57 good health and very active. 35 lbs overweight

Edema: Edema (swelling) is associated with weight gain. Women are more prone to it and menopausal state makes it worse. Kidney disease, heart disease, thyroid disease, side effects of drugs, varicose veins are all associated with edema. You need a detailed history, physical, urine and blood tests to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can it be testicular torsion if it is swelling only a little and elevation does decrease discomfort?

Can it be testicular torsion if it is swelling only a little and elevation does decrease discomfort?

Emergency: Hi, please go to ER ASAP, even if there is a slight chance of torsion by waiting you decrease the chance of salvation. ...Read more

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I had hammertoe surgery 3 month, s ago and there's excessive swelling! what else can I do or take other than ice and elevation?

I had hammertoe surgery 3 month, s ago and there's excessive swelling!  what else can I do or take other than ice and elevation?

SWELLING.: Your PA may be contributory. Also, talk to your surgeon about the complication of a "sausage toe", which is usually a prolonged swollen and sometimes red toe. Compression wraps w/ Coban and an acetate steroid injection might help. Are the x-rays ok? Finally, did you follow the surgeon's post-op orders? ...Read more

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I have a shin injury A&E confirmed not broken but swelling persists 7 days after and my toes are blue but not painful should I continue with elevation?

I have a shin injury A&E confirmed not broken but swelling persists 7 days after and my toes are blue but not painful should I continue with elevation?

Get blood returning.: Continued elevation certainly wouldn't hurt. Application of moist heat to the areas of bruising should help with the desorption and dissolution of the trapped blood. ...Read more

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With epididymitis should pain and swelling decrease with rest and scrotal elevation, I have some pain and swelling but only when active?

With epididymitis should pain and swelling decrease with rest and scrotal elevation, I have some pain and swelling but only when active?

No: They is usually the result of infection and it requires antibiotics to treat. Do not delay in seeing a doctor. Permanent damage can occur if this is left untreated. ...Read more

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7 months after Achilles surgery and bad infections my foot is swollen, painful and hot. Reduced swelling by ice and elevation. Should i be worried?

Achilles Tendon: Achilles tendon surgery is riddled with potential complications for you, as a patient, and for the surgeon. There is very little soft tissue coverage over the tendon, which creates frequent infections and frequent wound dehiscence. Swelling may last for months after surgery. Rehab is essential. Another MRI may be necessary. ...Read more

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Swelling below my knee slightly to the left side. Started as minor pain a few days ago. Got worse. Elevation, low doses aspirin or Ibuprofen helps. ?

Swelling below my knee slightly to the left side. Started as minor pain a few days ago. Got worse. Elevation, low doses aspirin or Ibuprofen helps. ?

Requires exam: to rule out an effusion ( fluid in the joint space ) . Please consult your pCP or get seen at UC clinic. Ibuprofen will only help for tissue inflammation or irritation. ...Read more

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ACL Replaced 7d, swelling + pain + red area + very sensitive to touch + throbbing w/pressure/elevation change. DVT? should I go to the ER?

ACL Replaced 7d, swelling + pain + red area + very sensitive to touch + throbbing w/pressure/elevation change. DVT? should I go to the ER?

7 days post op: Post op pain + red + sensitive to touch , can be signs of infection.( if in the knee)You should be seen right away. Did you contact your surgeon ? If not available yes go to ER. DVT presents as pain and swelling in calf not the knee joint.
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Fluid swelling in leg and ankle sprung up a week after knee injury went down with ibuprofen and elevation overnight concern? Dr appt in a week anyway.

Fluid swelling in leg and ankle sprung up a week after knee injury went down with ibuprofen and elevation overnight concern? Dr appt in a week anyway.

Inflammation: Due to the swelling in your leg and ankle that is most probably caused by inflammation, you were smart enough to ake the Ibuprofen anti-inflammatory due minimize the symptoms. Your doctor next week will be able to tell you the extent and cause of the inflammation. ...Read more

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Left Ankle swelling immediatewith activity better with Rest/elevation. Hx of DVT 3 yrs ago.fell week ago and tweaked it. No calf pain but sole aches. ?

Left Ankle swelling immediatewith activity better with Rest/elevation. Hx of DVT 3 yrs ago.fell week ago and tweaked it. No calf pain but sole aches. ?

What exactly did: You tweak? The ankle? The sole? If your pain is solely in the sole (no pun intended) then perhaps you just have plantar fascitis.... ...Read more

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Acute left knee trauma = 1wk ago = bruising, swelling, numbness, burning and pain. Doing: rest, ice, compression, elevation = help.. Any ideas?

Acute left knee trauma = 1wk ago = bruising, swelling, numbness, burning and pain. Doing: rest, ice, compression, elevation = help.. Any ideas?

Get examined: It would help to know how you hurt your knee( direct fall on it...Awkward landing after a jump w/ a 'pop', etc.). The mechanism of injury can often lead to a certain diagnosis. A good examination of your non- injured knee, then a thorough exam of the injured knee by an experienced ors should give you your diagnosis . If needed, an MRI may be helpful to confirm... Best of luck! ...Read more

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Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and

Your : Your constellation of symptoms are very concerning. You really need to see your physicain soon for a thorough evaluation and testing. Some of your symptoms are suggestive of heart failure. Please don't delay getting checked out, it could be dangerous. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is swelling?

What is swelling?

Fluid: The easiest way to describe swelling would be an excessive amount of fluid buildup in the body. Many things can cause swelling such as problems with veins and lymphatics of the body, clots, high blood pressure, heart failure, fractures and sprains. A visit to your doctor can help find the cause. ...Read more