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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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Sore leg muscle with swelling and area purple in colour?

Sore leg muscle with swelling and area purple in colour?

A bruise or worse...: Purple color may mean a bruise or bleeding under the skin. A sore muscle can be some bleeding from broken muscle fibers inside the muscle (called a muscle strain). If a person bleeds easily, there can be a hematoma in the muscle. If there are risk factors for a blood clot in the leg, such as recent surgery, injury, taking ocp's, sitting for several hours, etc..., the E.R. Or a doctor should check. ...Read more

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After healing of tibial fractures, should u always have pain, soreness & swelling in that leg?

After healing of tibial fractures, should u always have pain, soreness & swelling in that leg?

For short peroid: Of time, six month after the healing of the fracture. There is period call the remodeling stage which could go on for several month, this may be cause what you are discribing. ...Read more

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Went through a rotted deck with my left leg. Leg is swollen and sore with some scrapes. How do I reduce the swelling?

Went through a rotted deck with my left leg. Leg is swollen and sore with some scrapes. How do I reduce the swelling?

See doctor: Leg swelling after such an injury is worrisome for infection. Please your physician immediately for evaluation. Make sure you are up to date on your tetanus immunization. ...Read more

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A 64 year old man has swelling in the feet and leg with a sore that won't go away also his foot is starting to turn black. What are possible diagnoises?

A 64 year old man has swelling in the feet and leg with a sore that won't go away also his foot is starting to turn black. What are possible diagnoises?

Seek medical care: The swelling could be a venous issue, however with the discoloration you need to worry about poor arterial circulation and possibly impending gangrene. This gentleman should seek medical care promptly. ...Read more

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Hit my lower leg on metal drawer three days ago. The swelling has gone down a lot, but still bruised & sore. Can I run or exercise or best to wait?

Hit my lower leg on metal drawer three days ago. The swelling has gone down a lot, but still bruised & sore. Can I run or exercise or best to wait?

Run: You may exercise as you can tolerate. It is good that you exercise.
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Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My ankles suddenly swelled after a day of yard work. I noticed that my calves on the back of my legs were sore. The swelling is like a fluid filled sa?

My ankles suddenly swelled after a day of yard work. I noticed that my calves on the back of my legs were sore. The swelling is like a fluid filled sa?

Time for evaluation.: I can understand why your calves might be sore, especially after working in the yard all day. It might even be possible that some of your ankle swelling may also be caused by the extended yard work. Having said that, there could be something else going on that would best be determined by seeing your family doctor. Perhaps it's time for a physical exam and updated clinical evaluation. ...Read more

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Front lower leg just above the ankle was sore this morning and now 10 hours later it hurts to touch, walk on and is swelling. Could it be a clot?

Front lower leg just above the ankle was sore this morning and now 10 hours later it hurts to touch, walk on and is swelling. Could it be a clot?

Technically,: It could be but it is not a common place to get one. Gout is another possibility. I would see a doctor if the pain is that bad. ...Read more

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I just did cardio for only 20 minutes and my legs are now really bloated but not sore. Why does this happen and how can I get rid of the swelling?

I just did cardio for only 20 minutes and my legs are now really bloated but not sore. Why does this happen and how can I get rid of the swelling?

Needs to be checked: We do not know your age and if you have any medical problem and if you are taking any medicine or supplement.
You are saying that you have swelling and your legs are sore. It needs to be be checked by your doctor to find the cause of your complaint and treat appropriately ...Read more

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In the last few days, my toes have been getting black, my thighs sore when sitting. My legs are swelling also. What could it be?

In the last few days, my toes have been getting black, my thighs sore when sitting. My legs are swelling also. What could it be?

Blood flow issue: Sounds like a blood clot or blocked vessel from something else. See a vascular doctor right away! The topic tags below list "african american" so sickle cell could also be an issue. ...Read more

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I'm having instability "swelling soreness "tenderness "in my knees with burning outside of knees can't bare weight on my legs what is this from?

I'm having instability "swelling soreness "tenderness "in my knees with burning outside of knees can't bare weight on my legs what is this from?

Knee pain: If you are having bilateral knee pain I would be concerned about an autoimmune problem. If you are heavy it is possible for this to be osteoarthritis. Either way I would get things checked. ...Read more

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Pain inner foot & ankle. No injury. Very sore to touch. Swelling. Pain worse at rest & radiate to whole foot & leg. Difficult to weight bear from rest?

Pain inner foot & ankle. No injury. Very sore to touch. Swelling. Pain worse at rest & radiate to whole foot & leg. Difficult to weight bear from rest?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes for pain in that area including inflammatory, arthritic, and nerve compression conditions. A detailed exam can likely go a long way in making the diagnosis and then treatment options can be discussed. ...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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About a month or 2 ago my legs and ankles started swelling, red bumps, very sore and a week ago started oozing clear fluid?

About a month or 2 ago my legs and ankles started swelling, red bumps, very sore and a week ago started oozing clear fluid?

See a doctor: The weeping from the skin might represent lymphatic issues and you want to get the proper care to prevent issues such as scarring or infection. Talk to your doctor about this, and he/she can also determine if it is something else. ...Read more

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Got bad leg cramp in night little sore now normal?? Worried about dvt no swelling or redness

Got bad leg cramp in night little sore now normal?? Worried about dvt no swelling or redness

Cramp: Leg cramp not likely DVT but not enough information about you here to know your likely cause. See a doc who can get more history and try to work through probability ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg swelling and eye pain (quality: sore or burning) (side: left). The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg swelling and eye pain (quality: sore or burning) (side: left). The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

Eye pain: Burning eye pain is almost always due to dryness or meibomian gland dysfunction: do you have dry mouth, arthritis? Leg swelling: do you have any kidney or heart issues? Please consult with us to help determine best treatment for both. ...Read more

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Ice cold painful stiff numb feet swelling, also in legs very sore. What tests do I need? Could this be from reoccurring utis? What do I need to do?

Ice cold painful stiff numb feet swelling, also in legs very sore. What tests do I need? Could this be from reoccurring utis? What do I need to do?

Feet: Your symptoms can't be explained by a UTI. You need a good physical exam by your MD to determine the cause. You are too young to have poor circulation and alternative causes need go be looked for. Based on your exam and history further test can be done. Call and see your MD. ...Read more

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I fell 3days ago on gravel on my knee. Minimal swelling sore to touch below knee. Now have dull pain And pain shooting down leg/foot. Shin/foot tingle

I fell 3days ago on gravel on my knee. Minimal swelling sore to touch below knee. Now have dull pain And pain shooting down leg/foot. Shin/foot tingle

Nerve inolvement: The bruising and swelling may have impinged on a nerve in the front of your leg such as the superficial fibular nerve. If the symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, please seek evaluation and further guidance. ...Read more

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What is causing my pain? I have severe pain and swelling in both feet, so much so that I can't walk. Soreness travels up my legs and gets bad in my low back where it is beginning to swell. The swelling is not soft, like edema, but hard, like bone. I al

What is causing my pain? I have severe pain and swelling in both feet, so much so that I can't walk. Soreness travels up my legs and gets bad in my low back where it is beginning to swell. The swelling is not soft, like edema, but hard, like bone. I al

This: This is a very limited question, in terms of information
many things ought to be cosidered. The first is, if you have swelling, why? Swelling in the feet, could be due to many many causes that not necesarilly are due to arthritis or joints and this swelling might be the cause of the pain. If one determines the cause of pain so then diferent test could help to determine whether that swelling could be resolved and how. On the other hand m bone does not cause swelling, if the consistency is that of bone, so again imaging studies ought to be done to define why this is so. ...Read more

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For 1yr I have felt tired, short of breath, pain in chest/back on mid/right, migraines, sore joints, leg swelling/left leg. Every test in the world done but no answers. What should I do? No quality of life.

For 1yr I have felt tired, short of breath, pain in chest/back on mid/right, migraines, sore joints, leg swelling/left leg. Every test in the world done but no answers. What should I do? No quality of life.

Symptoms: I am sorry to hear about your struggle. Unfortunately, you're not alone. In that case, psychological issues should be ruled out (stress, depression, etc.). Also, strange as it is, I believe that there may be some toxic substances you are exposed to in the food you eat especially if it is full of preservatives, additives, gmos, etc. It may be worthwhile to go more organic. ...Read more

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Foot sore on top at "bend" between leg. Deep, dull pain close to ankle bone. No bruising/swelling. X-ray show no fractures. Able to walk, hop, etc?

Foot sore on top at "bend" between leg. Deep, dull pain close to ankle bone. No bruising/swelling. X-ray show no fractures. Able to walk, hop, etc?

Possibly impingement: The anterior ankle joint may become painful when the foot is excessively dorsiflexed during activity. The soft tissue or joint capsule becomes "pinched" between the tibia (leg) and the talus (foot) causing pain. X-rays will show no fracture due to only soft tissue involvement. Typically minimal swelling or bruising. ...Read more