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Lower Leg Swelling (Overview)

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 your doctor, good luck!


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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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Lower Leg Swelling (Overview)

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 your doctor, good luck!


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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

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I want to know what's the best treatment for lower leg swelling?

I want to know what's the best treatment for lower leg swelling?

Depends on cause of: The swelling: 1: blood clot, once diagnosed can be treated with clot busters, 2: rupture of a cyst behind the knee, is treated with pain meds, etc. 3: if swelling is due to a bony lesion, its removal can be done; 4: soft tissue swelling, from a tumor, infection, fluid collection(incl. Blood) will need to be removed or drained. Ask your pcp for the specific symptoms that you have, and he'll help. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get lower leg swelling, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get lower leg swelling, or is it unusual?

Common: It's common, however, you should be evaluated by your doctor as it can be caused by many different issues. Best to seek urgent evaluation if swelling severe and started suddenly. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my lower leg swelling until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my lower leg swelling until I can see a doctor?

Less salt: Bilateral leg swelling can have many cause spanning benign as well as serious diagnosis. You should see your family doctor asap, but until then if your swelling is in both legs, a low salt diet is a good place to start. ...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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Is lower leg swelling a sign of some disease?

Is lower leg swelling a sign of some disease?

Yes: Many things can cause this, including simply being obese, having vein disease, a low protein state, blood clots, tumors. It really depends on the rest of the history and what a physical exam finds. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about lower leg swelling?

How much should I worry about lower leg swelling?

Lower leg swelling: Lower leg swelling can be due to a variety of conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal causes, it can be due to cardiovascular and other medical conditions.; medications for high blood pressure can cause it, for example. You didn't indicate whether one or both legs are swollen, nor how long the condtion has lasted. I would recommend seeing your physician to have it checked out. ...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


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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