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I noticed my left lower limb is swollen. After a few days other leg got swollen. Doppler study shows that bilateral subcutaneous leg edema noted. Why?

I noticed my left lower limb is swollen. After a few days other leg got swollen. Doppler study shows that bilateral subcutaneous leg edema noted. Why?

Could: Be many reasons, kidney function needs checking, salt intake should be limited, venous status needs addressing and cardiac functions. See a doctor to review your medical status

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Subcutaneous oedema at lateral & medial in left ankle. Fluid in posterior & subtalar joint with fluid anterolaterally possibly ganglionic. Please help?

Subcutaneous oedema at lateral & medial in left ankle. Fluid in posterior & subtalar joint with fluid anterolaterally possibly ganglionic. Please help?

Yes: You are probably describing an MRI report and would do well to follow up with your physician to discuss. The medial and lateral edema described refers to swelling that is present under the skin. This could represent an injury such as an ankle sprain, or could be inflammatory. A ganglion is a flyid filled cyst that can cause local irritation and pain, not uncommonly found in the foot and hand.

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What is done for edema, or swelling of the ankles?

What is done for edema, or swelling of the ankles?

Many things but: The most important thing is to find out what's causing it. Please see a physician. In the meantime, elevate legs while sitting, do not stand in place for prolonged periods of time.

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Broke ankle 15 weeks ago. Today my ankle is so swollen and spongey.. . edema.. . . what should I do?

Broke ankle 15 weeks ago. Today my ankle is so swollen and spongey.. . edema.. . . what should I do?

Elevate: Swelling after an ankle fracture can persist for months after the injury. 'Edema', swelling etc. Is best helped by elevating the affected extremity (foot/ ankle) above heart level (mid- chest)and application of an ice compress acutely. With time swelling tends to dissipate; if it persists see your ORS for evaluation and other options (TED hose, Jobes comp. Etc.) good luck!

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I've twisted my ankle and still have pain on a scale of 10. Could it be broken. There us a lot of edema. And it doesn't look any better.

I've twisted my ankle and still have pain on a scale of 10. Could it be broken. There us a lot of edema. And it doesn't look any better.

Bad sprains can: Be swollen and hurt for some time. You should be using a brace or cam walker I the pain is that secvere. How are you rehabbing it? And yes, the possibility of a fracture is real. So if it wasn't xrayed yet, that would be a good idea. If pain persists an MRI might be a good way to assess the actual damage.

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Have used lithium for 10+ years with constant edema of ankles. Now have chronic venous deficiency. Could lithium have caused this as long use.

Have used lithium for 10+ years with constant edema of ankles. Now have chronic venous deficiency. Could lithium have caused this as long use.

Lithium and veins: Endothelial cells have the key function of participating in the maintenance of open and functional capillaries. Dysfunction of the vascular endothelium is thus a hallmark of human diseases such as peripheral vascular disease (rajendran 2013) however lithium alters the disposition and release of norepinephrine and, as a result, affects adrenergic neurotransmission (beaty 1981) may impair venous flow.

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How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

Why do you have it?: Is it unilateral or bilateral. Is it something that worsens during the day. Do you have a heart or kidney ailment. I need more info to help you. Can be bad veins and many other things.

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If you have ankle edema when should you go to er?

See below: If it is grossly swollen and you are experiencing pain and numbness that would be a good time.

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How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

Use your muscles: The contraction of calf muscles helps to push the blood back up to the heart. So doing calf raises, going for a walk are helpful. Compression socks (like jobst) are also very useful in preventing swelling especially if you have a job where you are standing still for many hours.

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My son is 8 weeks old and I still have edema in my right ankle. Should I be concerned?

Water and gravity: Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills.

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What causes subchondral bone edema in my ankle?

What causes subchondral bone edema in my ankle?

Subchondral edema: Subchonral bone edema in your ankle typically occurs after an injury like an ankle sprain. Usually associated with a talar done lesion.

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Docs, what's the cause of bone edema in my ankle?

Docs, what's the cause of bone edema in my ankle?

Injury: Edema in the ankle is usually due to some type of trauma.

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How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

1st find out cause: Before treating a condition, figure out it's cause. In case of swelling in feet/ankles, make sure your kidneys, liver & heart are ok. Ask if any medications might be causing your edema. Make sure you don't have a blood clot in your leg. Amlodipine is notorious for this. Assuming there's nothing wrong, keep your feet propped up. Avoid prolonged standing. Wear support hose. Consider a water pill.

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Why does heart failure lead to edema in the ankles?

Why does heart failure lead to edema in the ankles?

Heart and kidneys: In the patient with congestive heart failure, the body senses that the heart is not working correctly. It sends a message the kidneys to hold onto salt and water that the patient eats and drinks. This excess salt and water builds up and becomes apparent in the legs, belly, and lungs.

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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


Subcutaneous (Definition)

Under the skin, as opposed to within ...Read more