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What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

Labour type?: How did you deliver? Cesarean? Vaginal deliver? It may play a role sometimes due to stirrups against the feet in vaginal delivery. Other than that, swelling can happen for a number of reasons but likely the stress from delivery and added weight (although not noticed during pregnancy) caused the swollen ankles. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after  standing. Treatment options?

Common: Injuries disrupt the flow of the lymphatics. This results in swelling. It is only temporary. Solution: Co-band wrap or Ace-wrap for ~1week and, keep using it (unless real painful) [if bruising, you may need an x-ray] ...Read more

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What's 'normal' swelling first week after ankle surgery?

What's 'normal' swelling first week after ankle surgery?

Could range : Fom minor to severe.....Keep feet elevated above heart level, ice as often as can. ...Read more

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Swollen breasts crazy veins no period swelling pelvic area and stomach alot of symptoms spotted 5 days after intercourse negative tests to early?

Swollen breasts crazy veins no period swelling pelvic area and stomach alot of symptoms spotted 5 days after intercourse  negative tests to early?

Pregnant?: It sounds like you are asking if you may be pregnant - usually if you are, an over the counter pregnancy test will be positive around the time of your missed period. If a pregnancy test is negative and these symptoms continue, I recommend you make an appointment with a gynecologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in wrists after pregnancy?

Pain in wrists after pregnancy?

DeQuervains: Likely a dequervain's tenosynovitis, a common occurrence in mothers of newborns. See ortho or rheumatologist. It is easily treated in most cases. ...Read more

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Swelling during pregnancy after 38 weeks ?

Swelling during pregnancy after 38 weeks  ?

Yes: Swelling is common, as the fetus takes up so much room that vascular and other body parts are being moved and squeezed, so it is common to have a back up of fluid, especially in the extremities. At 38 weeks you should be seen by your OB for anything however. You are close! congratulations and good luck! ...Read more

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Concern about swelling of leg after breaking ankle?

Concern about swelling of leg after breaking ankle?

Swelling: You certainly are going to have swelling associated with a fracture of your ankle. However, if it is increasing going towards your knee and thigh that is concerning and you should be seen right away. If you have a cast and you are having numbness you also should be seen. Otherwise, elevation and ice are your friends. ...Read more

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Is edema in feet and ankles 4 weeks post knee injury normal?

Is edema in feet and ankles 4 weeks post knee injury normal?

Yes: It is not unusual to retain fluid as your activity is diminished. It generally resolves with normal activity. ...Read more

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Swelling of hands and feet after chemotherapy?

Swelling of hands and feet after chemotherapy?

Well-known: Chemotherapy-induced acral erythema. Your oncologist is familiar with this and the fact that it's occurred may affect choice of chemotherapeutic agents in the future for you. Ask whether a trial of vitamin b6 would be permissible. ...Read more

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After 3.5 hour car ride very swollen legs and ankles. Lasted 3 days. Normal BP. Other time swollen after walking &bus. Very swollen after flight. Why?

After 3.5 hour car ride very swollen legs and ankles. Lasted 3 days. Normal BP. Other time swollen after walking &bus. Very swollen after flight. Why?

See below: Swelling of feet and legs could be from insufficiency where valves in veins cannot overcome gravity and blood settles in legs and feet. Lymphedema can also cause fluid to accumulate there. Elevate feet/legs whenever possible. Elastic stockings and compression therapy may help. See your physician for evaluation to find cause and get treatment. ...Read more

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Swollen and aching legs and feet at 35 weeks of pregnacy normal?

Swollen and aching legs and feet at 35 weeks of pregnacy normal?

Norma;: Swollen and achy legs and/or feet can be considered normal in pregnancy. Eating nothing but fruit for one day or steamed rice with apples can make a pregnant woman lose large amounts of water and alleviate the swelling. ...Read more

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Swelling in feet and ankles 16 months after having a c section. When will this go away?

Reasons: To address the swelling, you may have to address the actual cause of the swelling. There may be reasons regarding your blood pressure or excess weight gain or other medical changes to your body that may be causing your feet and ankles to swell and may not be directly related to pathology in your foot and ankles. ...Read more

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Still have swelling in feet and pain in calf muscles after viral fever after 20 days, when will it get better?

Still have swelling in feet and pain in calf muscles after viral fever after 20 days, when will it get better?

Unusual symptoms: This seems to be very unusual set of symptoms relating to a virus after 3 weeks. There could be multiple other cause and therefore you should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Foot pain, redness and swelling only after shower/bath or standing for long periods. Feels like feet are full/going to burst. Sometimes up to ankles. ?

Foot pain, redness and swelling only after shower/bath or standing for long periods. Feels like feet are full/going to burst. Sometimes up to ankles. ?

Ankle ,foot swelling: Young person with activity related redness , swelling, up to the ankles is of concern and should be checked by an md ...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