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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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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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Arm swelling after getting implanon?

Arm swelling after getting implanon?

Minor swelling okay: There may be a little local edema in the area surrounding the Implanon insertion site. If there is an expanding area of redness associated with the site, this may be a sign of infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Swelling on leg after sutures, what's wrong?

Swelling on leg after sutures, what's wrong?

Maybe something: Swelling after injury is normal, and the legs tend to swell more than areas higher on the body. Excess swelling, especially with pain and redness, maybe a sign of trouble like an infection. When in doubt, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Concern about swelling of leg after breaking ankle?

Concern about swelling of leg after breaking ankle?

Swelling: You certainly are going to have swelling associated with a fracture of your ankle. However, if it is increasing going towards your knee and thigh that is concerning and you should be seen right away. If you have a cast and you are having numbness you also should be seen. Otherwise, elevation and ice are your friends. ...Read more

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How come legs start swelling after prolonged periods of sitting?

How come legs start swelling after prolonged periods of sitting?

Gravity : The force of gravity vs. Small fasciculations of muscle or, better yet, contractions of tissue or muscle. The integrity of the tissue composing the valves will dictate the functionality of the venous system. With the denigration of tissue that time affords us all, we would allow for more rapid and profound swelling as gravity maintains a relatively constant tug. ...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

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

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Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after  standing. Treatment options?

Common: Injuries disrupt the flow of the lymphatics. This results in swelling. It is only temporary. Solution: Co-band wrap or Ace-wrap for ~1week and, keep using it (unless real painful) [if bruising, you may need an x-ray] ...Read more

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Why does leg swell 3 months after ankle fracture?

Why does leg swell 3 months after ankle fracture?

Ankle fracture last: A long time is not uncommon, and some post-fracture degenerative changes could be causing chronic swelling - check with your podiatrist of an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Leg is significantly swelling and some purple on foot after ACL surgery. How long until the swelling goes down?

Leg is significantly swelling and some purple on foot after ACL surgery. How long until the swelling goes down?

Some is expected...: How long has it been since your procedure? Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you had recent surgery i would suggest you continue rice, post-op exercises, and pt as directed. However, if this pain seems to be indicative of infection or DVT (due to time frame of surgery or any other symptoms) then contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Pelvic aching/swelling 1 yr after total hysterectomy. Just started 3 months ago. more swelling from sitting than standing. also lymphedema left leg?

Pelvic aching/swelling 1 yr after total hysterectomy.  Just started 3 months ago.  more swelling from sitting than standing.  also lymphedema left leg?

Venous thrombosis: Swelling in pelvis and legs depends on the response to hysterectomy where if procedure was for tumor a pelvic node dissection was probably performed. Here there is a possibility of iliac and hypogastric vein thrombosis leading to extremity edema as well as aching from obturator and pelvic femoral nerve irritation ...Read more

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After having surgery for deep vein thrombosis, why does the leg swell?

After having surgery for deep vein thrombosis, why does the leg swell?

Bad valves: One of the things that can occur following a DVT is called post-thrombotic syndrome. Pts is when some of the valves in the deep vein are destroyed and then allow the blood to flow the wrong direction in the vein. You will want to see a physician well versed in the treatment of venous disease for evaluation of pts as many docs and ultrasound techs will miss this complication of dvt. ...Read more

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Right calf pain. Sore when sitting crossed leg. Had a swollen vein after pregnancy that went away 8 months ago. Could it be a vein problem? Varicose,

Right calf pain. Sore when sitting crossed leg. Had a swollen vein after pregnancy that went away 8 months ago. Could it be a vein problem? Varicose,

Yes: This could be a varicosity, a varicosity with clot and inflammation (superficial phlebitis), a DVT (which is a potentially serious problem), or not vein related. I suggest evaluation by your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How long after a full hip replacement should the leg / knee swelling last?

How long after a full hip replacement should the  leg / knee swelling last?

1-2 weeks for post o: Be careful here because residual lower extremity swelling could also indicate a blood clot which is not uncommon with hip arthroplasty. It should be checked. ...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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Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more