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Doctor insights on: Indentation When I Press My Leg

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Does all edema in the legs have an indentation/put when pressed with fingers?

Does all edema in the legs have an indentation/put when pressed with fingers?

No: There is both pitting and non-pitting edema. The pitting edema is caused by a thin water-like fluid leaking from capillaries and causes the indentations in your skin. If a denser fluid is leaked from other source such as lymph system then the edema may not be pitting. ...Read more

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I was at the beach and got sunburn on my legs, I noticed this evening that if I press on my leg near my shinbone it leaves a indentation. Common?

I was at the beach and got sunburn on my legs, I noticed this evening that if I press on my leg near my shinbone it leaves a indentation. Common?

Yes: The sunburn causes some fluid shifts and swelling or edema. This will improve as sunburn resolves. You need to take better care of your skin when in the sun. Sunscreen, cover ups, hydration. Sun burns and subsequent skin cancers are no fun. ...Read more

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At 6 months post op total knee replacement, is it normal to still have tightness & swelling of knee and when I press on the leg to have indentations?

At 6 months post op total knee replacement, is it normal to still have tightness & swelling of knee and when I press on the leg to have indentations?

Knee replacement: 6 months after total knee replacement, swelling should be resolved. If it persists, there are several possibilities, including infection, irritation from the components, scar tissue formation, or instability of the knee. Recommend thorough evaluation of the knee by your surgeon, to include detailed physical exam of knee, x-rays, infection lab tests, and possible CT scan. ...Read more

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When I press on my husbands front leg it leaves indentiion should I be worried?

When I press on my husbands front leg it leaves indentiion should I be worried?

Concern: But no worry, likely pitting edema. If new, make an appt with the internist. ...Read more

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I have an indentation on my leg. What is the cause?

I have an indentation on my leg. What is the cause?

Possibly a: Previous injury area? It is certainly nothing serious. ...Read more

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Indentation in legs are caused by what? And how do they go away? 1 week right leg dent.

Edema: A long lasting dent in your leg would signify to me that you are accumulating fluid in that leg, which could be worrisome. It is hard for me to say anything decided to leave without examining you, but I would see a doctor, especially if you have a history of shortness of breath, heart problems, or weight fluctuations. ...Read more

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I have an oblong vertical indentation on my lower left leg to the right of the shin. What could be causing it & what kind of dr. Should I see?

I have an oblong vertical indentation on my lower left leg to the right of the shin. What could be causing it & what kind of dr. Should I see?

See doctor: You need to start with your primary care physician first to examined it physically, so that a preliminary diagnosis can be made. Then your pcp will be able to tell you the next step, or if imaging is needed, and refer you to the right person to see for further workup if needed. This is something that you would want to have documented in your chart. ...Read more

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I have a weird indentation about 2 inches long and mildly irritated feeling at the back of my leg, behind my knee. What is this?

I have a weird indentation about 2 inches long and mildly irritated feeling at the back of my leg, behind my knee. What is this?

See doctor: The weird indentation with mild irritation at the back of knee needs to be seen by a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and to be treated ...Read more

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2 inch scar-like indentation on the back of my leg behind knee. Mild inflammation/pain feeling. What could this be?

2 inch scar-like indentation on the back of my leg behind knee. Mild inflammation/pain feeling. What could this be?

Knee pain: Pain behind the knee with swelling could mean an inflamed vein or thrombophlebitis. I would try a cool compress/water to apply on the leg and also would try an anti inflammatory like motrin or advil (ibuprofen) as needed. If you have persistent pain or trouble breathing it might indicate a more serious problem and you should see your doctor about it. Best to see your doctor about it. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long for shave biopsy of freckle to heal on upper leg (vastus medialis)? 3 months and still dark red/patchy indentation. Thx

How long for shave biopsy of freckle to heal on upper leg (vastus medialis)? 3 months and still dark red/patchy indentation. Thx

May not completely: The legs are one of the worst areas for healing. Do not expect to get perfect smooth skin at the biopsy site. Any time you cut or break the skin, a mark will almost always be left. That being said, after 3 months, I don't know how much more healing you will get. It can take up to a year to see the full healing. The color can be treated with lasers but the indenting may be permanent. ...Read more

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Big indentation between ankle and calf muscle on one leg compared to the other. Almost feels like lump. Painless and been there 1 year. What is this?

Big indentation between ankle and calf muscle on one leg compared to the other. Almost feels like lump. Painless and been there 1 year. What is this?

Indentation Painless: Noticing an indentation in your leg that was not here before should be evaluated by an orthopedist or podiatrist. They will see if it has any serious signs and also test the muscles tendons nearby. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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What is foraminal narrowing and ventral thecal sac indentation? I also have osteoarthritis in my back alon with nerve pain in both legs

What is foraminal narrowing and ventral thecal sac indentation? I also have osteoarthritis in my back alon with nerve pain in both legs

Spinal stenosis: Possible cause. Arthritis underlying it- narrowing foramina means nerves leading down legs are being compressed ;'irritated- sciatica should be followed by your pcp ; orthopedist. ...Read more

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How to improve atrophic scars on the shins? I have several small indentations from injuries on my lower legs. My derm says there is nothing I can do!

How to improve atrophic scars on the shins? I have several small indentations from injuries on my lower legs. My derm says there is nothing I can do!

Derm is correct: So you have some scars on your legs. I have some, too. They are from football, but people prefer my exciting war stories. My friends all wish they had some of their own. ...Read more

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I noticed a flat red rash on shins, no itch and a small indentation on my left leg. 38+ weeks pregnant. Is this normal?

I noticed a flat red rash on shins, no itch and a small indentation on my left leg. 38+ weeks pregnant. Is this normal?

Swelling: At this stage of pregnancy the uterus impedes venous return which leads to swelling in your legs. After a while this can result in a flat skin rash that doesn't itch and pitting edema.When u press on the leg it causes a pit or dent. Keep ur feet up as much as possible, wear maternity support hose, and it will improve after you have the baby. Do discuss this with your doctor. It can b a sign of toxemia ...Read more

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My Sister is experiencing neck pain and back pain. The following also describe her: Headache and Pain shooting down the leg. Her MRI findings are DIFFUSE DISC BULGE AT CV4. CV5 AND CV5.CV6 CAUSING THECAL SAC INDENTATION What should she do?

My Sister is experiencing neck pain and back pain. The following also describe her: Headache and Pain shooting down the leg. Her MRI findings are DIFFUSE DISC BULGE AT CV4. CV5 AND CV5.CV6 CAUSING THECAL SAC INDENTATION What should she do?

See spine doctor: First, she would also need an MRI of her lumbar spine, as she has some symptoms referable to the lumbar spine. Second, she should take her MRI scans to a Spine specialist and discuss possibilities for treatment. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I'm experincing a very bad pain in my lower leg when I press my leg with fingers I can see a dent, what is the issue I don't know what to?

See your doctor: Edema can cause the pitting you get when your finger leaves a dent in your leg. If you have pain on top of this, please see your doctor right away. You may have a blood clot which can be dangerous, though other things may also do this also. ...Read more

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Does the leg press make you shorter?

Does the leg press make you shorter?

No: I'm not aware of any reports of leg press reducing your height. In general exercise improves the posture and when done during growth, improves ones height. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of using a leg press?

What are the benefits of using a leg press?

Improve tone: The use of a leg press if performed under supervision or appropriate guidance will likely accomplish improvement in muscle tone of the lower extremities and buttocks. If performed improperly or excessively could lead to injury. ...Read more

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Husband has been bit his leg has swollen up and when pressed is like memory foam and leaves an inprint that in the leg why?

Infection: See your doctor. This swelling after a bite could be a result of infection causing what we call " pitting edema ".It sounds like he needs antibiotics. ...Read more

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When I press into my leg the dent stays for a ling time and my ankles are swelling up?

Theresa Yang Dr. Yang
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When I press into my leg the dent stays for a ling time and my ankles are swelling up?

Edema: The leg and ankle swelling indicates fluid leaking out of blood vessels and accumulating in the tissues. This may be due to fluid overload, infection, inflammation, heart or kidney failure, certain medications, and prolonged standing or sitting. Things that can help include moving your legs, raising your legs, losing weight, and a low-salt diet. See your doctor if the swelling gets worse. ...Read more