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Lower Leg Swelling (Definition)

Is it one leg or both? Has there been recent trauma? The definition is enlargement of the lower leg. Could be superficial fluid accumulation or it could edema (swelling) of one or both of the muscles of the lower leg: the gastrecnemious and the soleous muscles. Internet consult not enough, see ...Read more


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My right leg just below knee to end of calf is swollen to size of tree stump. Doc said it was accumulation of fat cells, called?

My right leg just below knee to end of calf is swollen to size of tree stump. Doc said it was accumulation of fat cells, called?

Let advise you: Press on skin over tibia (chin bone). Then run pads of fingers over the area pressed and note if there is an indentation. If indentation is noted. If this test show indentation this means it is not fat it is fluid (edema), if did not show this means it is fat. ...Read more

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Hurt knee, calf is swollen and sore to touch. Had ultra sound but there's no blood clot. What could be wrong?

Hurt knee, calf is swollen and sore to touch. Had ultra sound but there's no blood clot. What could be wrong?

Swollen knee/calf: You could have a ruptured baker's cyst (a common cyst that can occur in the back of the knee). Swelling moves downward pulled by gravity, so any swelling in and around your knee can cause this as fluid tracks downward. See if your doctor agrees. ...Read more

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I fell on my knee 3 weeks ago. Swelling and bruising all down my leg. Now 3 weeks later my foot and ankle are very swollen?

I fell on my knee 3 weeks ago. Swelling and bruising all down my leg. Now 3 weeks later my foot and ankle are very swollen?

Elevaate that foot: Above heart on bed or sofa to drain it, can use ice pack over a sock too for 30 min of every hour, but if pain and swelling persist need xray or bone scan to see if hairline fracture ...Read more

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I fell hitting my knee now my leg is swollen and painful?

I fell hitting my knee now my leg is swollen and painful?

Rest, ice, elevate: Rest, ice, and elevation are helpful. If you are having severe pain, severe bruising, can't bear weight, or have a history of breaking bones easily, you should consider getting x-rays to make sure you didn't break your leg. ...Read more

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I fell out of bed weeks ago and hit my left knee on the hard floor. Now weeks later the area is tender and the lowr leg is swollen tender and itches?

I fell out of bed weeks ago and hit my left knee on the hard floor. Now weeks later the area is tender and the lowr leg is swollen tender and itches?

Blood clot: You need to have the leg examined for a possible deep or superficial vein clot. A ruptured baker's cyst or a knee effusion are other possible causes. It needs an exam and possibly xrays and/or ultrasound to sort this out. ...Read more

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Stepped into a hole yesterday, knee gave out, fell into a fence. Knee swollen/painful/ hard to get it to bend/straighten. Calf is also swollen?

Knee problem: Elevate your leg/foot, put ice, wrap and let it rest for a few days or until able to walk. Crutches may be helpful. See your doc in the next few days especially if no improvement is seen. ...Read more

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I'm online now. Type your question here large knot on side of calf but has the whole leg swollen from knee down?

I'm online now. Type your question here large knot on side of calf but has the whole leg swollen from knee down?

How long: Any trauma to area, excessive exercise, or recent air travel? Symptoms could be a result from a blood clot to decreased blood flow from a large hematoma. Also spider bite. Please get examined if it persists or if you become short of breath, have fever, or further enlargement ...Read more

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Fell Monday pretty hard on R Knee. Back of knee, calf, and ankle all swollen to double size of other leg. ER said no breaks, no clots. Suggestions?

Fell Monday pretty hard on R Knee. Back of knee, calf, and ankle all swollen to double size of other leg. ER said no breaks, no clots. Suggestions?

Maybe Sprained: If you had X-rays, and they were reviewed by a radiologist, you most likely don't have any fractures. However, badly sprained ligaments can be worse than a fracture, in terms of disability and healing time. Bones have a blood supply--ligaments do not, and take longer to heal. Elevate your leg, apply ice, and a compression wrap. Topical DMSO may also help alleviate swelling and speed recovery. ...Read more

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I had my knee arthroscopy last Feb 19, it's been 2 weeks now, my knee is still swollen, can't walk, can't bend, small walk with crutches, stiff calf?

I had my knee arthroscopy last Feb 19, it's been 2 weeks now, my knee is still swollen, can't walk, can't bend, small walk with crutches, stiff calf?

See your surgeon: It sounds like you ought to call the surgeon that performed the arthroscopy and get examined. I wouldn't expect you to have these symptoms two weeks after your procedure. ...Read more

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I started having pain behind my right knee and noticed its swollen for about a week. Now I can multiply little lumps under the skin towards my calf.?

I started having pain behind my right knee and noticed its swollen for about a week. Now I can multiply little lumps under the skin towards my calf.?

Two possibilities: 1. Baker's Cyst, usually along with internal derangement of the cartilage in the knee (menisci)
2. Deep Vein phelbitis/clots (could explain the "little lumps!

GET IT CHECKED OUT as soon as practicable since BOTH need TREATMENT!! (Especially # 2!!!)
Hope this helps!
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My knee is swollen with two protruding lumps where the incisions were infected. Now my calf is tight & sore. Why is this happening?

My knee is swollen with two protruding lumps where the incisions were infected. Now my calf is tight & sore. Why is this happening?

Evaluation: Hi, this situation calls for an evaluation, also possible blood tests and X-rays. Please go to ER for evaluation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee a week ago playing sports and I think it is just tendonitis and my ACL and MCL were already ruled out now my calf and ankle are swollen?

It might just be: Tendonitis, but since you mention a swollen calf a clot must be ruled out. That would be considered a medical emergency and this should be evaluated immediately. Hopefully, it is just tendonitis, but you must err on the side of caution. ...Read more

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Cramping right calf started in lower shin 2 days ago & now in the back knee. Not swollen, red, or warm. Dr said it's from running. Still worried DVT?

Cramping right calf started in lower shin 2 days ago & now in the back knee. Not swollen, red, or warm. Dr said it's from running. Still worried DVT?

Not likely DVT: Your description is not a common one for a DVT. As your doctor said, it is likely from running. Feel your leg again; if you feel cords under the skin that are painful and not associated with muscle, have your doctor look at it again. ...Read more

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Ciyatic nerv is killing me the pain is from my hip to heal down the back of my leg. My wife just told me that my calf is swollen bigger that the other.?

Ciyatic nerv is killing me the pain is from my hip to heal down the back of my leg. My wife just told me that my calf is swollen bigger that the other.?

See your doc now.: Pain down a leg, swelling and pain in the calf, pain so severe that it impairs gait and can barely walk--something serious is going on. Could be severe lumbar spine, hip or knee disorder, clot in a leg vein (thrombophlebitis), a dissecting popliteal cyst in back of knee, or a dissecting artey in your leg. Get to the doc, now. ...Read more

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Do I need to see a doctor or should I be patient, and rest my leg? While playing backyard volleyball, I was stepping forward, I heard a pop in my calf. My calf is swollen, painful, and I can't hardly walk. I have been doing rice - rest, ice, compression,

Do I need to see a doctor or should I be patient, and rest my leg? While playing backyard volleyball, I was stepping forward, I heard a pop in my calf. My calf is swollen, painful, and I can't hardly walk. I have been doing rice - rest, ice, compression,

Hello.: Hello. I am wondering it you strained or had a tear in your soleus or gastrocnemius muscles or possibily something involving your achilles tendon. Don't know if you just injured your leg or if it was a while back. It sounds like you have been giving it the right kind of care. Because you can barely walk, I would recommend getting it evaluated. ...Read more

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Lower leg swelling knee and below. Injured knee 3 days ago. Have been wraping it. Took off wraps to find swelling. E.R. Or wait female 54 working out caused sore knee thus now swelling after wrapping

The: The swelling may be due to the wrap preventing appropriate circulation and fluid return in the lower leg. We call this edema. I would recommend that you see your primary care doctor for evaluation of your knee injury to rule out a sprain or tear in the supporting structures.
It is unlikley that you have a clot in your leg but this can also be assessed. ...Read more