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A couple times I noticed my L. foot/ankle swollen near end of day, R. not swollen. No pain, some tingle, gone next day. 25+ wks pregnant. Is this ok?

A couple times I noticed my L. foot/ankle swollen near end of day, R. not swollen. No pain, some tingle, gone next day. 25+ wks pregnant. Is this ok?

? Normal: Foot and ankle swelling is usually normal during pregnancy but if it is in one leg, it is necessary to make sure you don, t have DVT (deep vein thrombosis). The fact that it resolves the next day makes this more likely to be a venous problem. Avoid prolonged standing, keep feet elevated at rest. Massage may help as well but make sure your OB is informed of this ...Read more

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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more


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Why is my whole foot and ankle swollen and nothing happened to it?

Why is my whole foot and ankle swollen and nothing happened to it?

Evaluation: Swelling without injury should be evaluated. See your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my left foot/ankle is swollen. Why would only one of my ankles swell?

Should I be concerned if my left foot/ankle is swollen. Why would only one of my ankles swell?

Yes: Swelling and or pain is always a concern. It could be due to trauma or poor circulation.

See a doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my foot still swollen but ankle swelling is almost gone?

Why is my foot still swollen but ankle swelling is almost gone?

More Information: Without more information it is difficult to determine if there might be something more going on. It is important to know whether you had a injury and what type, what treatment you have had, and what diagnostic studies have been performed in order to gather a more clear picture. ...Read more

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My 2 yr daughters foot (ankle) is swollen on one side. It has happened before also. What could it be? An insect bite or something to do with blood?

My 2 yr daughters foot (ankle) is swollen on one side. It has happened before also. What could it be? An insect bite or something to do with blood?

Unknown: What was the cause before and how was it treated? Could be bite, could be something with blood. Possible injury. I would bring her to the doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My left foot/ankle gets swollen. I sprained it about 3yrs ago and it has not been back to normal. I have done ex-rays many times and it shows no clot.

My left foot/ankle gets swollen. I sprained it about 3yrs ago and it has not been back to normal. I have done ex-rays many times and it shows no clot.

Orthopaedics: Don't worry you'll be okay. You should see an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle. You may or may not have torn some ligaments in your ankle, if you have trauma history and instability or pain there could even be an undetected fracture. A full history and exam is needed because if you have unilateral leg swelling DVT or other diagnoses need to be considered. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is my foot still swollen when ankle swelling is almost gone from diuretic use?

Why is my foot still swollen when ankle swelling is almost gone from diuretic use?

Needs evaluation: You should get an x-ray to rule out fracture. Are you diabetic? Are your feet numb? ...Read more

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When I fall asleep my left foot hangs off the bed & I wake up with a swollen foot every day! Both my foot & ankle stay swollen because of how I sleep?

When I fall asleep my left foot hangs off the bed & I wake up with a swollen foot every day! Both my foot & ankle stay swollen because of how I sleep?

Swollen foot: When your foot hangs over the bed like that blood is pooling in the foot and having a tough time getting out as it should. As you are not wallking during the night the pumping action of the muscles is not there. Do your best to not hang you foot over off the bed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Mom had chf, died @ 87. My left foot/ankle stays swollen for past 2 yrs to varying degrees. I'm 52, male, 40 lbs overweight w/hbp. Think I have chf?

Mom had chf, died @ 87. My left foot/ankle stays swollen for past 2 yrs to varying degrees. I'm 52, male, 40 lbs overweight w/hbp. Think I have chf?

No: CHF doesn't cause one foot to swell (it causes both), and it doesn't go on for 2 years without getting better or getting worse. Most importantly, there are many causes of swelling in the feet whereas swelling is only one of many symptoms of chf. ...Read more

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What is the disorder specific symptom, such as: a painful left foot & swollen ankle?

What is the disorder specific symptom, such as: a painful left foot & swollen ankle?

MORE INFORMATION: More information is needed from you, answering my questions, to then arrive at a diagnosis.

Sincerely,

Dr. Latva ...Read more

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My foot and ankle are swollen because I missed the vain when I was shooting ice. What can I soak it in to help it???

My foot and ankle are swollen because I missed the vain when I was shooting ice. What can I soak it in to help it???

Swelling: I would suggest That you stop shooting drugs! You can use warm water soaks with a little Epsom Salts. Watch for infection and if redness associated with pain occurs please see a doctor ...Read more

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I have a broken ankle, foot still swollen 2 weeks out of cast, what to do?

I have a broken ankle, foot still swollen 2 weeks out of cast, what to do?

PT after bones heal: Make sure your broken bones are healed. Then, start pt rehab asap. ...Read more

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I have pain on the top of my right foot, (i'm guessing tendonitis) my foot and ankle are swollen. What is best to treat it?

I have pain on the top of my right foot, (i'm guessing tendonitis) my foot and ankle are swollen. What is best to treat it?

Try orthotics: Go to a good running shoe store in your area and try some powersteps or order them online. A frequent cause of dorsal foot pain is the collapse of the joint as time goes by. This is a step you can try yourself before you see a foot doc. If that doesn't work, go see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a severe inversion ankle injury but now noticing bad pain on the top of my foot my foot and ankle very swollen. Should I be worried?

I have a severe inversion ankle injury but now noticing bad pain on the top of my foot my foot and ankle very swollen. Should I be worried?

Concerned, at least: You should at least see your doctor who can order an x-ray in case there is a fracture (break). If you go to a podiatrist or orthopedist, they usually can take x-rays in their office and treat you at the same time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Apart from X-ray what r obvious signs of fractured ankle/foot it's swollen can walk but painful to swells more wen I do?

Apart from X-ray what r obvious signs of fractured ankle/foot it's swollen can walk but painful to swells more wen I do?

Difficult to tell: Clinically, it is difficult to differentiate an ankle fracture from a bad sprain. A rule of thumb generally used is that if you can bear weight or walk, it is less likely you have a fracture. If you have continued pain it is best to see a physician. ...Read more

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My mother always complain of her foot her ankle gets swollen when she works a lot but she has to work so how can she solve this?

My mother always complain of her foot her ankle gets swollen when she works a lot but she has to work so how can she solve this?

Swollen feet: She may need to have intermittent breaks so she can sit and raise her legs, if this is not feasible she probably needs a compression stocking to wear while at work, she should also see her doctor to evealuate probable cause of her swelling feet. ...Read more

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My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

Ice and elevation: I assume he is on appropriate antibiotics for the infection, the first treatment necessity. Then elevation will help decrease swelling. Ice may ease discomfort. Limit walking and do not press tissues, as this many spread disease. ...Read more

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Two weeks after torn knee cartlidge. Now swelling of leg from knee down to foot. Ankle is really swollen. Can this injury cause generalized swelling?

Two weeks after torn knee cartlidge. Now swelling of leg from knee down to foot. Ankle is really swollen. Can this injury cause generalized swelling?

Blood clot?: Swelling of one lower leg, especially after an injury, can be a sign of a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis). This is serious, because if you have a DVT, parts of the clot can break off and spread through your circulation to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolus, which is very dangerous! Please go to an ER now. ...Read more

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I have been inflicted with stung on my big toe by a wasp and now my whole foot and ankle is swollen, is this normal?

I have been inflicted with stung on my big toe by a wasp and now my whole foot and ankle is swollen, is this normal?

Wasp: No - seek help at an er straight away. Although you don't say when this happened, it is definitely not normal. ...Read more

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I inject drugs and missed a vein on top of my foot. It hurts really bad and my whole foot and ankle are swollen. It also blistered. What can I do?

I inject drugs and missed a vein on top of my foot. It hurts really bad and my whole foot and ankle are swollen. It also blistered. What can I do?

Get Help STAT: You could have any number of problems, but my guess would be either a possibly severe infection or a blood clot. I recommend you go to an emergency center stat as if an infection, this usually requires intravenous antibiotics to fix and if a blood clot in your leg, you really cannot treat that at home either. You have another problem that needs help obviously as well. ...Read more

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I had a moderate ankle sprain that healed I use ankle brace daily & at the end of the day my ankle & foot are swollen & painful what is wrong with it?

I had a moderate ankle sprain that healed I use ankle brace daily & at the end of the day my ankle & foot are swollen & painful what is wrong with it?

Too much strain from: The sprain causing swelling in the brace used. Need to elevate leg at the end of the day to drain the extra lymphatic fluid so it goes back to your heart. And remain off your sprained foot as much as you can with it elevated throughout most of the day until it heels. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle a week ago. Both the foot and ankle are swollen, pained, and bruised. I can't move my toes and there are spasms in my thigh. Normal?

Not norm but typical: Bruising implies ligament tearing and/or a fracture. Gravity often allows for bruising and swelling to track down to the foot. The swelling and pain may inhibit joint and tendon movement, thus inhibiting the toe movement. Thigh spams can result from overcompensation of these muscles. Rest, ice, compression and elevation. See a physician for a possible x-ray, more definitive diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Bone spur on metatarsal, treated with cortisone, now foot is swollen ankle to toes, painful to stand or walk. What should I do now?

Bone spur on metatarsal, treated with cortisone, now foot is swollen ankle to toes, painful to stand or walk. What should I do now?

See your doctor: It sounds like you have had a reaction to the cortisone.

Cortisone is not usually used for bone spurs.

Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Lt ankle/foot always swollen slight-large amt, 2yrs. Bun/creatinine levels run high. High protein intake. No salt-restricted diet. Causes of swelling?

Lt ankle/foot always swollen slight-large amt, 2yrs. Bun/creatinine levels run high. High protein intake. No salt-restricted diet. Causes of swelling?

Renal & venous probs: An elevated BUN & creatinine for 2 yrs. Means that you have chronic renal disease. You are on the worst possible diet for this, which should be low protein and low sodium. The swelling may be due to this + chronic venous insufficiency, which is more likely--for anatomic reasons--to occur in left leg. An internist specializing in kidney disease (nephrologist) is whose care you should be under. ...Read more

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Doc said I have a torn meniscus in my right knee. In terrible pain and also that my foot and ankle still swollen. Should I go to the er?

Doc said I have a torn meniscus in my right knee. In terrible pain and also that my foot and ankle still swollen. Should I go to the er?

Get evaluated: See an ortho. Did you have MRI, any arthritis, any trauma? Swellling can be related to the way you're walking. May need arthroscopy. age a factor. Get evaluated by ortho ...Read more

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