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My Feet Ankles Look Dirty
I was in a dirty washroom and my foot touched something. Could someone please suggest what's the cause and how to cure it?
Dirty washroom: I suspect toilet was plugged up. I would use plunger. ...Read more
Up on Cripple Creek.: Depending on the severity of the cut, either handle it yourself or get to an urgent care for treatment. If capable, clean the wound with soap and water being careful to clear the wound of all debris. Apply an antibiotic ointment and sterile compression dressing. You need to check with you physician to determine when you last tetanus booster was. A dose of antibiotics may also be in order. ...Read more
I cut the bottom of my foot on glass today. No glass in there now, but still hurts. Washed it, but feet were really dirty — likely to be infected?
I scratched myself with dirty metallic edge of a chair in the foot. The blood was very little and my skin doesn't have a cut(not even 1mm)need a shot?
Tetanus: It si always safest to stay up to date on tetanus vaccination. If you are not up to date, contact your doctor so that you can get the vaccination. ...Read more
I received a small cut on my foot from a piece of dirty glass(that was in a parking lot) do I need to get a tetanus shot? Unsure of last time I got one.
Tetanus Protocol: If you can not remember the last time you had a tetanus booster. It wouldn't be a bad idea to get one. Then you'll be good for 10 years. Better safe age than sorry. ...Read more
I still have a dull dirty looking bruise on my foot where my cancelleous was broken and a bit on the toes its still a bit swollen too after 9 weeks?
Did you mean your calcaneus?
Your calcaneus is your heel bone and when fractured can be a very serious and debilitating fracture. If it was fractured and not surgically corrected, it can take 8 weeks or more for the bone to heal and 3, 6 or even up to a year for the swelling to subside. Your findings are normal and with time you will heal. If you continue with pain you need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Dirty nail puncture wound seemed to heal well with antibiotics. Now, 4months later, it is painful to walk, especially when I am flexing my foot. Why?
You need to see: A foot doc to have xrays and I would not wait. Hopefully, your issue is unrelated to the initial injury and coincidental. Otherwise, you have to make sure nothing is "brewing" from that initial injury. ...Read more
Vessel compromise: Vessels have valves that push fluid up to the heart; however, when the valves malfunction then fluid accumulates in the lowest parts of our body (ankles and feet). ...Read more
Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the feet and ankles can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Neuropathy.: Vibrations as you describe are usually caused by a neuropathy or nerve disorder. Unfortunately there are probably no less than 30 different neuropathies that can be directly or indirectly involved. These can range from nutritional to physiological. To remove all doubt, a thorough evaluation is needed by a neurologist. ...Read more
See a doctor: To figure out why as there are many plausible reasons. ...Read more
Evaluation: I would recommend evaluation by a certified podiatrist. ...Read more
A few things: Excess dietary sodium can cause fluid retention, which can explain swelling in the foot, ankles and legs. Prolonged sitting or standing in place may cause swelling. It can also be due to other medical issues as well: congestive heart disease, htn, diabetes, uremia and many other issues. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the feet and legs can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, cellulitis, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins and trauma. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
White bumps: A distinction must be made between these bumps being fluid filled or solid masses.If they are fluid filled you may be looking at some form of an infectious process. A culture should be taken and submitted for diagnosis of infection. If report is negative or lesion is solid a biopsy is suggested. ...Read more
Evaluation: It could be one or a combination of problems. Get an evaluation as swelling in the ankles can be sign of a problem somewhere else in your body. ...Read more
Yes, and, no!: Certainly this is a weight and sporting activity question. I asume you are primarily considering running. Most of the sub-saharan african runners, who run barefoot, have done so for long periods of time, and are literally, lungs on sticks. Proper footwear is otherwise essential. Cannot even imagine my mountain bikling without footwear! ...Read more
Athletes foot: This could be athletes foot or if your legs and ankles are swollen it could be from the swelling. See your podiatrist or dermatologist if it persists. ...Read more
Fluid: I tell my patients think of gravity. When you on feet all day gravity pulls fluid out. If when you go to bed and put your feet up and the feet go back to normal size its prob ok. If they don't go back down, or chest pain or shortness of breath you probably want to see your provider. ...Read more
Why does my feet and ankles swell up, I'm a 63-year-old women. And I live on a farm with no help.?
Need doctor: Contact your community to see if they can come out and escort you to a doctors appointment while a friend watches the farm. The doctor will be able to examine you and run the appropriate tests to determine why you have swollen ankles. In the mean time you can purchase Jobst stockings and wear them. Good luck! ...Read more
15 weeks and have swallon feet and ankles, is this normal? I work in an office so sit most if the day.
Swollen Feet: Edema can increase in the lower extremities by dangling them and not getting enough exercise for proper circulation... Even in healthy individuals. There are many other causes of lower extremity edema and the best way to find out the cause is to be thoroughly evaluated by a medical professional in person. ...Read more
My ankles n feet swells up. It stays like that for about 3-4 days. I've taken fluid pills n they stay swollen?
See a doctor: You need a more intense exam with possible referral to a vascular doctor. ...Read more
Can you tell me when I travel by car, bus or plane for more than 5 hrs, why do my ankles & feet get very swollen?
When I travel by car, bus or plane for more than 5 hrs my ankles & feet get very swollen. Is it from the inactivity?
Yes: Having the feet and legs down will create swelling without muscle activity to help pump out the fluid. ...Read more
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