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What would cause ankle and foot swelling after surgery to the knee?

What would cause ankle and foot swelling after surgery to the knee?

Post-operative swell: Swelling travels with gravity. After most surgeries to lower extremities, the surgeon will instruct patients to keep their legs raised. This is so the swelling (fluid) doesn't build up following the flow of gravity to the foot and ankle. Although there may not be any procedures done to those areas, fluid can travel along a path of gravity and teh foot and ankle are at the bottom. ...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


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Does everyone have foot swelling after ankle surgery?

Does everyone have foot swelling after ankle surgery?

Common....: It depends on the type of surgery. Minor superficial surgeries may not cause noticeable swelling. Swelling is common though following ankle surgery. ...Read more

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How come my foot swelling up after orthopedic surgery 2 weeks later?

How come my foot swelling up after orthopedic surgery 2 weeks later?

See your surgeon:: Not to sound an alarm, but a sudden increase in swelling 2 weeks after surgery needs to be assessed by the surgeon to prevent any complications from becoming a problem. ...Read more

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An 84 yr 86 lb female, lg kidney stones in both. Unable to walk due foot swelling °en. Bone loss w/spurs in lower back. Is surgery an option.

An 84 yr 86 lb female, lg kidney stones in both. Unable to walk due foot swelling &degen. Bone loss w/spurs in lower back. Is surgery an option.

Perhaps: The answer really depends on the overall health of the patient as well as the size and location of the stones, all of which determine what type of surgical procedure would be best for her specific case. Her treating physicians will consult with the urologist to decide if surgery is best for her. ...Read more

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Fractured fibula, high ankle sprain 5 wk. No surgery, immobilized, no weight. Still having signif. Foot swelling, numb toes and darker color top foot.

Fractured fibula, high ankle sprain 5 wk. No surgery, immobilized, no weight. Still having signif. Foot swelling, numb toes and darker color top foot.

NOrmal: Pain and swelling after a combined fracture/dislocation can persist for months. Follow up with ortho doc and xrays is required and pt is almost manidtory to regain motion and function. The numbness associated with a fracture sprain usually come from stretching the nerve (s) and may take up to a year to resolve. ...Read more

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Suppadhayay, 67 yrs. Male, heavy sweating & vomiting. Advised heart surgery, kretininum serum& less heart pumping, cardivas12.5, snumlo5mg, foot swelling, ?

Suppadhayay, 67 yrs. Male, heavy sweating & vomiting. Advised heart surgery, kretininum serum& less heart pumping, cardivas12.5, snumlo5mg, foot swelling, ?

Sounds serious: You need to follow your cardiologist's reccomendations, and make lifestyle changes ie. Loose excess weight, low salt/fat diet, no tobacco or alcohol, etc. ...Read more

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Swelling in foot- rest/immobilization for other foot (also swollen- surgery). Is swelling in uninjured foot normal? Due to decreased activity?

Swelling in foot- rest/immobilization for other foot (also swollen- surgery). Is swelling in uninjured foot normal? Due to decreased activity?

Your question is: A little confusing secondarily to your shorthand. The decreased activity can indeed cause swelling. However, if you had surgery on the other foot and are now putting pressure on the other foot it is also possible to get an overuse injury or even a stress fracture so I would keep that in the differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Cap between l4-5 bone ruptured. Having knee pain and swelling in foot any medicinal solution without surgery?

Cap between l4-5 bone ruptured. Having knee pain and swelling in foot any medicinal solution without surgery?

Need more info: Are the symptoms pain, weakness or numbness. Need to diagnose nerve injury from bone or ligament damage. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 4-5 weeks ago to repair an osteochrondal fracture, and my foot is swelling. What does it mean, an what should I do?

Swelling: It is not uncommon to have swelling below the knee after surgery. However, it is always wise to consult your surgeon ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can reduce my foot swelling?

Can you tell me how I can reduce my foot swelling?

It would depend: On what caused the swelling.....Injury? Varicose veins? A clot in your leg?
All three for example should be treated differently... ...Read more

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Foot swelling at side of foot. What can I do/take to reduce the swelling?

Foot swelling at side of foot. What can I do/take to reduce the swelling?

Ice: Lots of ice, elevation, compress with an ace bandage and rest. Take an over the counter antiinflammatory like advil (ibuprofen). If no better, then go to your favorite podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can sunburn cause foot swelling?

Can sunburn cause foot swelling?

Possible: Sunburn to the feet can cause swelling as the skin heals. It's definitely possible. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate my foot swelling?

How can I alleviate my foot swelling?

Depends why: You have it...I.E trauma, infection, venous insufficency, hypertenton, poor kidney function, side effect of medicine, too much salt intake etc... ...Read more

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I am experiencing foot swelling and foot pain.

I am experiencing foot swelling and foot pain.

Any trauma?: Don't know history of why but you might have overtrained, poor shoe fit, not wide enough, mesh type sneakers that strecth and good soft inserts with arch support good, new balance has good ones; if swelling and pain could be blood clot if smoker and birth control pills or obese. Use excedrin [generic fine] for pain or alve, ice it over a sock and elevate it above heart [pillow under foot lying ...Read more

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Left foot swelling. No injury? What can cause this?

Left foot swelling. No injury? What can cause this?

Many causes: If it is just one leg and you are having pain, please go to the ER to be seen as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What causes outer foot swelling and pain when walk?

What causes outer foot swelling and pain when walk?

See a podiatrist: If this is a chronic problem, you have to rule out a fracture or tendonitis, or both. You may have injured it without knowing. It may even be a nerve pinched in that area or your back. I would suggest having it properly examined and get x-rays. If you continue to walk with pain, you risk injuring it more, changing the way you are walking and creating a new problem because of compensation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have foot swelling at side of foot.?

What to do if I have foot swelling at side of foot.?

See a specialist: If you have unexplained swelling on the side of your foot it could be one of several issues including an ankle sprain, tendinitis, a bone spur or a fracture. I recommend you see a qualified specialist (podiatrist or orthopedist) for examination. ...Read more

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Does putting hot water make foot swelling worse or better?

Does putting hot water make foot swelling worse or better?

Generally worse...: Heat opens up capillaries and other blood vessels which allows more blood to enter the area. This can make swelling worse.

www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/footankle. ...Read more

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Broken foot swelling what's not normal?

Broken foot swelling what's not normal?

I'm not sure: Of the question, if you break your foot swelling would be expected. ...Read more

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What is making my broken foot swelling up?

What is making my broken foot swelling up?

Injury to the bone: The break in the bone it the final stage of an injury to the foot, there damages to the tissues of the foot which cause the swelling. ...Read more

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I have pain in bottom of foot swelling on top. Is that gout?

I have pain in bottom of foot swelling on top. Is that gout?

Hard to say: Gout is characterized by intense pain, redness and swelling. If that is you, then gout is possible. If it is not, gout is unlikely. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ankle swelling and foot swelling.

I am experiencing ankle swelling and foot swelling.

With Pain or not?: This can be edema or could be arthritis. See you physican to clarify this and then to see if need to see a consultant ...Read more

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What causes foot swelling?

What causes foot swelling?

Many things: Trauma such as broken bones, sprains, strains. Problems with veins and lymphatic systems. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, and heart failure. Blood clots may cause swelling of one leg. ...Read more

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How can I treat foot swelling?

How can I treat foot swelling?

Depends on the cause: Swelling can be caused by many things (liver, kidney, heart diseases, and blood clots are the serious ones). Everyday, reversible non-serious causes are meds (motrin and similar, calcium blockers, hormones). If you don't have a health threatening condition, limiting salt intake (sodium) and keeping your feet elevated will help. ...Read more