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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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Could a recent L4/5 laminectomy to treat right side leg pain cause left foot/ankle to swell? I'm 6 wks post-op.

Could a recent L4/5 laminectomy to treat right side leg pain cause left foot/ankle to swell? I'm 6 wks post-op.

Post op dvt: Concern would be a deep venous thrombosis. go to the emergency room and have an ultrasound immediately. The presence of like swelling would depend on how effective the surgery was in relieving pressure on the nerve root. Over manipulation of the nerve during surgery can irritate and cause leg swelling. There is also a concern for RSD. Was the surgery effective in alleviating like pain? ...Read more

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What would make my left foot and ankle swell after hernia surgery? Had it done on 12-18-15 and I noticed that my foot started swelling on 12-21-15

What would make my left foot and ankle swell after hernia surgery? Had it done on 12-18-15 and I noticed that my foot started swelling on 12-21-15

Not due to surgery: Swelling of foot and ankle is not a complication of Hernia Surgery.I suggest you have your Doctor check it.
It may be due to edema caused by the Iv Fluids if given during the surgery. If it is painful then it may be some kind of trauma. But the surgery will not cause the swelling ...Read more

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Is it possible for your whole foot and ankle to swell with a fracture of the 2nd metatarsal and I am in a cam walking boot should I ACE wrap @ night?

Is it possible for your whole foot and ankle to swell with a fracture of the 2nd metatarsal and I am in a cam walking boot should I ACE wrap @ night?

Yes, and tell Dr...: It is possible to get swelling in the whole foot/ankle with a fractured 2nd metatarsal. You want to make sure you are properly immobilized with the cam boot. You may want to contact the dr. Treating you because the fracture may need to be reassessed and make certain it is healing in alignment and has not shifted or become displaced. ...Read more

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Why does my left ankle and foot swell without pain?

Why does my left ankle and foot swell without pain?

See below: Could be do to hypertension, or bad valves in the veins creating leaking of fluid and swelling. ...Read more

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Does a non displaced fracture at the base of big toe cause your foot, ankle and toes to swell 4 weeks after it happened?

Does a non displaced fracture at the base of big toe cause your foot, ankle and toes to swell 4 weeks after it happened?

Fracture Swelling: Normal fracture healing will last six to eight weeks. Non-displaced fractures still require immobilization during the healing process to prevent them from becoming displaced fractures...
Swelling and discomfort is a normal, functional, protective response to any fracture.

You should follow closely with your podiatrist to insure proper healing. Serial xrays will objectify the fracture progression. ...Read more

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My mom is on Xeralto for a DVT. She was prescription three weeks ago but her leg, ankle and foot still swell up. Is that normal? Is this a new clot?

My mom is on Xeralto for a DVT. She was prescription three weeks ago but her leg, ankle and foot still swell up. Is that normal? Is this a new clot?

Not unusual: Anti-clotting drugs are very important in treatment of patients with DVT to prevent another clot and to reduce risk of clot going to the lungs. However, this treatment really doesn't do anything for the clot that has already formed, which may take a long time to resolve. It calls for a doctor's attention if it is getting substantially worse, but stable swelling at this point is common. ...Read more

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What causes your feet and ankle to swell?

What causes your feet and ankle to swell?

Several things: Swelling may result from things such as trauma (fractures, sprains, strains), leaky veins, blood clots, heart failure and certain medications. I would recommend evaluation by you primary care physician or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My feet and ankles swell when I am on a plane why?

My feet and ankles swell when I am on a plane why?

Not serious...: It is common for blood to pool in the veins during inactivity as well as the gravity of the legs being the lowest point. If it bothers you, support stockings may be helpful.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/edema/expert-answers/foot-swelling/faq-20057828 ...Read more

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Should I be concerned my feet and ankles swell after driving?

Should I be concerned my feet and ankles swell after driving?

Not necessarily: Swelling often occurs when feet are down. This happens more when if you are overweight and with heat/humidity. It can also be a sign of high blood pressure, poor venous circulation (blood return to the heart), or heart conditions. Check with your family doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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My ankle and foot seen to swell often and is painful at times?

My ankle and foot seen to swell often and is painful at times?

Doc & Documentation.: Swelling of the foot and ankle is a sign that something is wrong. Just how wrong is the question that needs answering. While you are waiting to see a doctor, you might start documenting just how often the swelling occurs as well as how long it lasts. Providing information like that will undoubtedly help a specialist isolate the problem and more importantly the cause. Take some pictures too. ...Read more

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You wake up with your feet, and ankles up to your knees swelled badly. What would cause this?

You wake up with your feet, and ankles up to your knees swelled badly. What would cause this?

Feet swelling: There can be lots of reasons for swelling, such as uncontrolled hypertension, arthritis, lymphedema, etc. Tingling burning pain may be specific to nerve impingement/ pathology. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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Ankles and feet have a lot of swelling everyday. Goes down over night but swells throughout day. Sometimes slight pitting.

You need to: Follow up with your internist as cardiac, or kidney function should be addressed. Insufficient venous valves can cause this as can side effect of a medication you take. Finally, pregnancy is always a possibility in a thirty eight year old. (you would know better than me if that is a possibility). ...Read more

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Past year now I have to pumice my feet EVERY DAY. Why is this happening? My feet and ankles also swell easily for years but I knew that already...

Past year now I have to pumice my feet EVERY DAY. Why is this happening? My feet and ankles also swell easily for years but I knew that already...

Dry skin: Calloused skin are usually reasons people have to pumice.... (not sure if that is a verb)
Anyways, moisturize feet for starters. Try and controL the swelling of the lower extremities and figure out why so much pressure to the bottom of the feet....I.e are you heavy? Pressure spots secondary to biomechanics of the feet? ...Read more

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My ankles and feet tend to swell, what causes that?

My ankles and feet tend to swell, what causes that?

Swelling: Multiple potential causes including heart, kidney, liver, or vein problems in the legs. ...Read more

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What causes my ankles, feet to swell?

What causes my ankles, feet to swell?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the feet and ankles can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My feet and ankles swell only in winter time, why is that?

My feet and ankles swell only in winter time, why is that?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the feet and legs can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, cellulitis, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins and trauma. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Hey my feet and ankles swells and itch real bad what is that?

Hey my feet and ankles swells and itch real bad what is that?

Evaluation: It could be one or a combination of problems. Get an evaluation as swelling in the ankles can be sign of a problem somewhere else in your body. ...Read more

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What could cause one of your feet and ankles to swell and not the other?

What could cause one of your feet and ankles to swell and not the other?

Incompetent: Venous valves, varicose veins, capsulitis, prior injury of the ankle or prior surgery, tendonitis, a clot to name a few.... ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my feet and ankles swell when it gets hot outside?

Swelling: Heat can act as a vasodilator which can open blood vessels more and gravity carries it down. Do you have any health problems? Hypertension, CHF etc or are you without any systemic problems. This info would be helpful to give a better answer. ...Read more

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My ankles are starting to swell, I'm 32 thin and when on my feet to long they swell why?

My ankles are starting to swell, I'm 32 thin and when on my feet to long they swell why?

Fluid: I tell my patients think of gravity. When you on feet all day gravity pulls fluid out. If when you go to bed and put your feet up and the feet go back to normal size its prob ok. If they don't go back down, or chest pain or shortness of breath you probably want to see your provider. ...Read more

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Why does my feet and ankles swell up, I'm a 63 year old women. And I live on a farm with no help.?

Why does my feet and ankles swell up, I'm a 63 year old women. And I live on a farm with no help.?

Need doctor: Contact your community to see if they can come out and escort you to a doctors appointment while a friend watches the farm. The doctor will be able to examine you and run the appropriate tests to determine why you have swollen ankles. In the mean time you can purchase Jobst stockings and wear them. Good luck! ...Read more

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My grandma of 94 years old all the sudden her ankles and feet are swelled up and she can't walk or stand. Her feet won't step where she want them to?

My grandma of 94 years old all the sudden her ankles and feet are swelled up and she can't walk or stand. Her feet won't step where she want them to?

Take her to PCP ASAP: She needs to be checked as soon as possible because this maybe a symptom of congestive heart failure especially if this is a sudden onset. Because of her age, she can also have other conditions that can bring this about. ...Read more

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What would cause my foot to swell like a sprained ankle?

What would cause my foot to swell like a sprained ankle?

Assuming you: Did not sprain it, an infection, an insect bites, a sunburn, gout, an allergic reaction to name a few... ...Read more

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