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Causes of one sided non pitting edema right foot and ankle, no known injury, no pain? No change for 10 days. Otherwise healthy. Thanks.

Causes of one sided non pitting edema right foot and ankle, no known injury, no pain? No change for 10 days. Otherwise healthy. Thanks.

Be aware: This could be a sign of a blood clot - a so called deep vein thrombosis, although this type of swelling tends to be pitting. Nonpitting edema tends to be from lymphatic obstuction or from deposition of certain substances like you see with hypothyroidism (though this tends to be bilateral - on both sides). Nonetheless, you should get this looked at by a doctor sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

Could be serious.: Hemihypertrophy can mean a difference in length of the leg as well as girth of the leg. If you have suddenly noticed a difference in girth with searing calf pain and pitting edema, you need to go to the ER immediately because of the possibility of a blood clot. I believe in playing it safe since failure to treat could have devastating consequences. ...Read more

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83 yr female. One swollen ankle, burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

83 yr female. One swollen ankle, burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

ANKLE PAIN: You want to go see a foot specialist such as a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedics because you might have a possible fracture, severe ankle sprain, cellulitis or vascular condition. The only way to diagnose these condition is by a physical exam, blood work, cultures if open wound followed with diagnostic/radiographic testing. ...Read more

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If a foot is squeezed, and pitting edema is demonstrated, it is probably due to what?

If a foot is squeezed, and pitting edema is demonstrated, it is probably due to what?

More common: Reasons include;
1) venous insufficiency
2) hypertension / cardiac related
3) kidney disease
4) side effects of medication
5) secondary to trauma/injury/surgery. ...Read more

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I'm trying to figure out if 2 y.O son has pitting edema or not. He has chubby foot. If I press on top leaves small dent that starts to rebound right away but can take up to 5 sec. Normal or edema?

I'm trying to figure out if 2 y.O son has pitting edema or not. He has chubby foot. If I press on top leaves small dent that starts to rebound right away but can take up to 5 sec. Normal or edema?

Is it a change?: Pitting edema is basically identified by the simple "pit" that is left after pressure--as seen in picture here and often takes more than 5 sec to normalize. Pitting edema in a 2 yr old is uncommon without other signs of illness. Some denting is expected with pressure on virtually every area of our body but rapid rebound is normal, slower with age. If puffy feet are his usual, likely it's normal. ...Read more

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Tingly hands/feet + pitting edema. Is this serious?

Tingly hands/feet + pitting edema. Is this serious?

Correct edema: Key would be to correct the cause of the fluid retention and resultant pitting edema that is most likely causing secondary inflammation or mild compression of sensory nerves. ...Read more

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How to treat pitting edema and burning feet?

How to treat pitting edema and burning feet?

Why you have edema?: In the young and healthy, feet swelling could mean a blood clot, but usually on one side. Some medications can cause leg swelling. Heart failure, protein manutrition, advanced liver and kidney diseases can do that as well, as does pregnancy etc...Trauma, excessive heat, prolonged standing can cause some swelling too. Swelling itself can cause burning sensation. Get evaluated/treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a bad sunburn on your legs and feet cause pitting edema?

Can a bad sunburn on your legs and feet cause pitting edema?

Yes: Elevate legs as high and as long as possible. Cool water and lubrication will help. It will feel better every day & be ok in 10 days. ...Read more

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25yo my calves, ankles and feet stay swollen w pitting edema. Been to ER twice and 2 docs. All tests normal. What can cause this and what can I do?

25yo my calves, ankles and feet stay swollen w pitting edema. Been to ER twice and 2 docs. All tests normal. What can cause this and what can I do?

Go to primary care: With your history I would want to make sure that they did urine tests to make sure that there is no protein in your urine. A urinalysis is the initial test done in most cases. An er is often not the best place to get this evaluated and you may be better off seeing a primary care physician who will decide if you need further referrals. Would also consider getting thyroid checked. ...Read more

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37 yr old, f no med history just chronic pain, recently purchased a portable infrared sauna. I felt great but I noticed that my calves and feet are getting a +2 pitting edema. Is this normal?

37 yr old, f no med history just chronic pain, recently purchased a portable infrared sauna. I felt great but I noticed that my calves and feet are getting a +2 pitting edema. Is this normal?

Edema: Mild swelling in extreme heat is normal, but if your leg swelling is "2+" pitting edema this is possibly beyond normal range. Minimize staying in your sauna beyond ~5 minutes until you are further medically evaluated. ...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