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Dr. James Chapman
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Swelling In One Leg (Overview)

"Swelling in one leg" is a situation wherein one leg is swollen and the other is not.


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What can cause swelling, redness and pain in one leg?

What can cause swelling, redness and pain in one leg?

Possible blood clot: My main worry with those symptoms would be a blood clot in the leg veins called a deep venous thrombosis (dvt). Causes can be long trips/immobility, recent surgery and inherited conditions.These can be life-threatening so need attention. Infections such as cellulitis can also cause those symptoms, as can gout (not always the toe), a baker's cyst behind the knee, and other things.Maybe need checked. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
37 doctors shared insights

Swelling In One Leg (Overview)

"Swelling in one leg" is a situation wherein one leg is swollen and the other is not.


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Can some one help me my legs and feet keep swelling what does that mean? 55 longtime smoker

Can some one help me my legs and feet keep swelling what does that mean? 55 longtime smoker

Lower extremity edem: There are many reasons for lower extremity edema, i recommend you consult with a physician. ...Read more

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How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

Several reasons: Anatomy: left leg swelling may be from entrapment of the left iliac vein between overlying right iliac artery and L5 vertebral body. The incidence of blood clots in left leg is higher, probably because of this. Lymphedema may start or be more prominent in one leg, cellulitis (infection) may result in swelling of that leg. Previous deep venous thrombosis causes swelling in that leg. ...Read more

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What can I do for lingering swelling in my lower leg after cellulitis treatment?

What can I do for lingering swelling in my lower leg after cellulitis treatment?

Ted hose: Wear compression stockings. But only after your doc has looked at your leg and doesn't think you still have a lingering cellulitis or anything else causing the swelling. Also if you have very bad circulation, you should wear the stockings only if your doc says it's ok. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with venous stasis, I have moderate swelling in both legs, what are treatments?

I have been diagnosed with venous stasis, I have moderate swelling in both legs, what are treatments?

No worries: Venous stasis is very common and almost never life threatening or even limb threatening. It occurs most commonly when the valves of the leg veins breakdown and no longer prevent blood from traveling with gravity all the way to the feet. Compression stockings are the mainstay of therapy and can prevent more serious complications such as ulcerations if used consistently. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of persistent swelling in one leg with the other leg being ok?

How do you get rid of persistent swelling in one leg with the other leg being ok?

Compression stocking: Unilateral leg swelling can have several etiologies all of which are initially treated with a firm compression stocking during the day and off at night. Start with a 20-30mmhg gradient stocking and increase to 30-40 stocking if there is still swelling. ...Read more

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What can we do to prevent swelling in the leg, and constant cramps and strains in the knee area?

What can we do to prevent swelling in the leg, and constant cramps and strains in the knee area?

Leg swelling: This depends completely on what is causing the leg swelling etc. As there are many possibilities. It is important to report this to your doctor so you can be examined for the cause of the problem. Then proper treatment of the cause will help you. ...Read more

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How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

Several reasons: Anatomy: left leg swelling may be from entrapment of the left iliac vein between overlying right iliac artery and L5 vertebral body. The incidence of blood clots in left leg is higher, probably because of this. Lymphedema may start or be more prominent in one leg, cellulitis (infection) may result in swelling of that leg. Previous deep venous thrombosis causes swelling in that leg. ...Read more

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Out of shape-swelling in one leg?

Out of shape-swelling in one leg?

Need more info: More information would be needed to try to understand what might be going on. I'd recommend you start by seeing your primary care physician to an initial evaluation. They are many possible causes of swelling in one leg. It is very important to have this evaluated. If the swelling is sudden, i'd recommend you be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Getting swelling in one leg and ankle, with no injury, no pain?

Getting swelling in one leg and ankle, with no injury, no pain?

Injury: One-sided swelling in leg and ankle is usually associated with injury, but a condition called chronic venous insufficiency may also be the cause of it. Try elevating your legs and if the swelling goes down, its more venous than injury. See a podiatrist for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of persistent swelling in one leg with the other leg being ok?

Compression stocking: Unilateral leg swelling can have several etiologies all of which are initially treated with a firm compression stocking during the day and off at night. Start with a 20-30mmhg gradient stocking and increase to 30-40 stocking if there is still swelling. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ankle swelling. In one leg only?

I am experiencing  ankle swelling. In one leg only?

Swelling in one: extremity usually indicates the issue is in that extremity, it could be arthritis, venous issue, injury. you did not say if it is painful or not. you can try antiinflamatories, elevation, compression. ...Read more

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Swelling of one leg from knee to foot? Can it be a clot?

Swelling of one leg from knee to foot?  Can it be a clot?

Yes-go to ER ASAP: Your description is very suspicious for a blood clot called a deep venous thrombosis (dvt). You should go to the er asap for evaluation. The clots can move or form in your lung(s) becoming what is called a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal (can kill you). Get it checked out now--this may be a potentially life threatening emergency. ...Read more

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3cm swelling in one leg from Achilles tendon to gastrocnemius. Also feels cold and tight/pressure. All day every day about 3 years. What could this be?

3cm swelling in one leg from Achilles tendon to gastrocnemius. Also feels cold and tight/pressure. All day every day about 3 years. What could this be?

You are asking a : Question about a region of swelling that has been present now for three years??? Where have you been for the past three years? You need to have a clinical examination to determine if this is a soft tissue growth or if it is something else like scar tissue, Achilles tendonopathy etc.... ...Read more

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Swelling in one leg from below gastroc to ankle. MRI norm. NCV/EMG returns pinch nerve. Was told pinch nerve doesn't cause swelling. What to believe?

Swelling in one leg from below gastroc to ankle. MRI norm. NCV/EMG returns pinch nerve. Was told pinch nerve doesn't cause swelling. What to believe?

You're right: A pinched nerve might make you FEEL swollen, but it doesn't produce any swelling. Something locally is going on down there that's causing the swelling like a clot (phlebitis) or a localized source of inflammation, like tendonitis, myositis or even a stress fracture. ...Read more

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How long does swelling in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

How long does swelling in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

Persistent: Depending upon the severity/extent of the dvt, and the treatment methods, the swelling can be minimal to severe, lasting weeks, to months, and years. The post thrombotic swelling can be lessened by using appropriate anticoagulation, compression hose, thrombolysis when indicated. ...Read more

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What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health(some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health(some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

Many Possiblities: Could be related to your vein disease, but also many other possibilities. Some possible venous reasons could be venous reflux disease, phlebitis, blood clots (DVT or SVT), or May-Thurner disease. Also have to worry about pelvic pathology causing compression of veins or lymphatics. Could be lymphedema. Could be arthritis or joint inflammation. Hormonal imbalances. Could be soft tissue inflammation ...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. Wendy Askew
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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