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Swelling above the front of ankle around the shin area?

Swelling above the front of ankle around the shin area?

In absence of injury: This could be ganglion, or a swelling from underlying bone, nerve, muscle, or vascular tissue. If its getting bigger or causing pain, etc. Then need for investigating it further with xrays, mri/ct scans, blood work. Surgical removal with biopsy would most likely be necessary to get definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Left leg is swelling for no obvious reason. Started around the top of my knee and now extends six inches above the knee down to the calf area?

Left leg is swelling for no obvious reason. Started around the top of my knee and now extends six inches above the knee down to the calf area?

See your doctor: One of the things we always worry about is a blood clot in the leg. You need to see a doctor tonight or tomorrow to evaluate for that and start treatment right away if one is present. ...Read more

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Swelling below right knee cap. Slightly on the center to right outside pocket of swelling g?

Swelling  below right knee cap. Slightly on the center to right outside pocket of swelling g?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. One of the more common is called pre patellar bursitis which can develop in the area of the knee you are describing. A detailed exam will usually tell you the cause, consider being checked. ...Read more

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Leg swelling bellow knee . pain ANA discomfort from the knee to the toes .

Leg swelling bellow knee . pain ANA discomfort from the knee to the toes .

Blood clot : this could be a serious condition seek medical help immediately ...Read more

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What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

Pain and swelling: If you are having pain and swelling above the kneecap there are different possibilities. You could have problems with your quadriceps tendon insertion, arthritis, or something torn inside your knee. ...Read more

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What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

See an Orthopaedist: A baker's cyst is often a sign of pathology within the knee joint (meniscal tear or arthritis e.g.). If you are also experiencing pain and swelling above the knee cap, an orthopaedic evaluation is recommended to identify the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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How do I relief inflammation in knee its starting to swell above the knee in the thigh region.

R.I.C.E.: Try ice and elevation first. 20 minutes on, 30-40 minutes off. Keep the foot above the heart. It is a natural way to stop swelling by constricting the blood vessels and allowing fluid to drain back to the heart via gravity. Sounds line a possible knee effusion that could need drainage. If ice doesn't improve your swelling, go see your regular doctor or orthopedist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I twisted my rt knee bowling. It hurts below the knee cap and behind the knee with pain generating up the thigh and down to foot,bruise under knee?

I twisted my rt knee bowling.  It hurts below the knee cap and behind the knee with pain generating up the thigh and down to foot,bruise under knee?

See medical provider: A twisting injury to your knee can be a number of things from a sprain to arthritis flair up or cartilage tearing. See a medical provider for an evaluation with X-rays. You may also need an MRI to look for ligament or cartilage tearing. ...Read more

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Knee pain in back of the knee just above the calf, to the outside of the knee radiating to the ankle. Pain with prolonged weight baring & flexion caus

Knee pain in back of the knee just above the calf, to the outside of the knee radiating to the ankle. Pain with prolonged weight baring & flexion caus

Bakers Cyst: This is common in people who stand up for a long time. It develops on the back of you knee, the popliteal fossa, and presses on a the proneal nerver which causes the pain to shoot down to you ankle. Need and orthopedic consult. ...Read more

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My right knee hurts on the lateral side. Right below the knee cap there is swelling but more to the lateral side. Fluid inside hurts a lot. HELP?

My right knee hurts on the lateral side. Right below the knee cap there is swelling but more to the lateral side. Fluid inside hurts a lot. HELP?

Patello femoral: A common condition in women is inflammation under the kneecap (patella) - which can lead to extra fluid in the knee joint, and pain under the patella. Other possibilities include injury from a direct blow, or cartilage tear (meniscus injury can occur with use or with twisting). An orthopedist can evaluate and describe options for you. ...Read more

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Having pain in the left knee and slightly above the knee?

Having pain in the  left knee and slightly above the knee?

Exam: Have the knee examined- could be tendonitis, muscle strain or internal knee derangement. See a physician. ...Read more

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Knee pain on left side, under knee cap to the touch. The knee is tight and hurts to bend. Especially going down stairs. It is swollen above knee cap.

Knee pain on left side, under knee cap to the touch.  The knee is tight and hurts to bend. Especially going down stairs. It is swollen above knee cap.

Go see PCP: Your symptoms of pain, swelling, tenderness, and decreased range of motion are suggestive of inflammation. It can be as benign as a tendinitis if you recently did some strenuous exercising, or more serious if you are having fevers (it can be sign of infection or gout). ...Read more

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I have pain in my right knee, just above the knee cap to the left ?

I have pain in my right knee, just above the knee cap to the left
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Patellar tendinitis: Patellar tendinitis, mistracking your patella, in the patello-femoral groove. Have it checked out! ...Read more

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I have minor swelling in one calf mainly in the area right slightly below the knee. No apparent swelling in ankles or feet. No pain or redness.

I have minor swelling in one calf mainly in the area right slightly below the knee.  No apparent swelling in ankles or feet.  No pain or redness.

Swelling Causes: Swelling behind the knee could be a strain or ligament injury. It could be phlebitis. It could also be a cyst called a Baker's cyst. The best course would be to see your family doctor, orthopedist or podiatrist for evaluation. A physical exam and possibly X-rays or an MRI can answer your questions. ...Read more

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Visible swelling, lateral side of knee along joint line upon extension. Swelling moves to front of the knee when flexed. What injury is this?

Visible swelling, lateral side of knee along joint line upon extension. Swelling moves to front of the knee when flexed. What injury is this?

Meniscal tear: Sounds like swelling arises from within the knee joint, indicating something is wrong inside the knee. Alternatively, if you are a runner or cyclist, iliotibial band bursitis could cause similar symptoms. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, rest this weekend, and see a sports medicine or orthopedic doctor next week. ...Read more

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I just had my first Orthvisc knee injection. I am wondering why I am having so much pain a swelling? Is this going to happen with each injection? Help

I just had my first Orthvisc knee injection. I am wondering why I am having so much pain a swelling? Is this going to happen with each injection? Help

Swelling,pain: Some discomfort after these injections is not unusual. However, it's recommended that you notify the treating orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist of these significant symptoms as he/she may want to examine your knee to check for possible complications of bleeding or infection. ...Read more

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What causes swelling of the knee?

What causes swelling of the knee?

Arthritis: Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis is the most common cause. There are several other conditions including gout and lymes disease to name a few examples that may cause swelling. See a dr. For an evaluation and get your cause diagnosed and treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes swelling below the knee?

What causes swelling below the knee?

Many things: The quick answer is there are many things that can cause swelling below the knee. The nice thing is that if you go to an experienced physician, most musculoskeletal problems can be relatively easily discerned, which of course would dictate treatment. Thus without specifics of where you are experiencing swelling, we will not be able to give you an appropriate answer. ...Read more

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How do I reduce swelling into my knee?

How do I reduce swelling into my knee?

Determine the cause: The first step is to determine the cause of the swelling. Then appropriate treatment can be initiated. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Swelling behind the knee why? and painfull why?

Swelling behind the knee why? and painfull why?

?Bakers Cyst: If this is fluid filled swelling, one of the differentials is Bakers Cyst. It could be lymph nodes as well. Its better to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does the swelling last after knee replacemt.

How long does the swelling last after knee replacemt.

Depends: All kinds of variables. Varys from 1 2 another. Also how much pt u do, how aggressive, & ur personal response to the surgery. Ideally withno ccomplications & proper pt & bing as active as recommended by ur surgeon, & u progress as planned per pt & surgeons protcall, u should c it gradually decrease after the first week & b minimal @ the 6th 2 8th week. Fullness may always b present. ...Read more

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What are potential causes of swelling behind the knee?

What are potential causes of swelling behind the knee?

Baker's cyst: Localized swelling behind the knee is typically a baker's cyst or popliteal cyst. These cysts can arise if there is fluid within the knee joint. To treat the baker's cyst, you need to identify the cause of the fluid in the knee first. An unusual cause of swelling behind the knee is a popliteal aneurysm - a potentially worrisome problem. Consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to start. ...Read more

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How could you make your knee stop swelling up randomly?

How could you make your knee stop swelling up randomly?

A more important ?: The more important question is why is it swelling randomly. Get the diagnosis right and the treatment usually becomes clear. ...Read more

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How often should you put ice on your knee for swelling?

How often should you put ice on your knee for swelling?

As often as you like: Should keep in one position for no more than 20 minutes. This can be repeated as often as you like during the day. ...Read more

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What should we do about the swelling in my girlfriends knee?

See a doctor: Need more info to give more detailed advice. I would recommend seeing a doctor for evaluation and a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Fell and hit knee on cement. Slight swelling and stiff. Should i get looked at?

Fell and hit knee on cement. Slight swelling and stiff. Should i get looked at?

Yes.: Injury to the knee and stiffness, that is inability to or refusal to bend the knee with swelling could be due to fracture of any of the 4 bones there, bleeding in the joint, meniscus or ligament tear. Or just inflammation. Better have it looks at, get an xr if needed and be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What could be causing my random swelling of the knee, at varying time intervals?

What could be causing my random swelling of the knee, at varying time intervals?

Possibly gout.: Gout usually presents with swelling of the great toe, but it can occur in other joints as well, like the knee. It is really painful, and has swelling, and can have fever. This comes at times and can last days to weeks. Many other things can cause knee swelling, and a visit to the doctor for aspiration of the joint is a good first step to rule out things like septic arthritis. ...Read more

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I want to know how long it will take for the swelling to go down after injuring my knee?

I want to know how long it will take for the swelling to go down after injuring my knee?

Help healing: A sprain is when a ligament or tendon is injured by overstretching. There may be minimal or quite a bit of damage to it. Inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, and swelling) occurs as a natural healing process. The key is to minimize further damage while keeping the area flexible and mobile. Ice massage (24-36 hours), compression and elevation are the keys to maximize healing. ...Read more

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What could cause a random redness and warmth in knees, without any pain or swelling that comes with it?

What could cause a random redness and warmth in knees, without any pain or swelling that comes with it?

Knee redness: Knee redness and warmth without pain, tenderness or swelling suggests skin reactivity ? To friction or irritation from clothing. Cellulitis doesn't appear likely to be present due to transient nature of your symptoms and absence of spreading redness and simultaneous involvement of both knees. An allergic reaction also is unlikely due to lack of itching and ongoing eruption. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the knee to shift and painfully lock when standing? I would think it is not. My knee feels very unstable with swelling.

No: It's not normal. Sounds like a torn cartilage and most likely an MRI of your knee will be required. Suggest a visit to an Orthopedic surgeon but speak with your PCP who may wish to order the MRI prior to a referral.
Hope this is helpful!
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About a week ago I felt my knee suddenly started hurting. I did not injury it. There is mild swelling and its still hurting. What could this be?

About a week ago I felt my knee suddenly started hurting. I did not injury it. There is mild swelling and its still hurting. What could this be?

Knee pain: When your young common injuries such as internal tears of soft tissue such as cartilage or tendons seem to be the problem. You need to see your doc and rest the knee till then. :) ...Read more

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Fell on the side of my knee. After 3 days, there's still some swelling, mainly on the inside, pain reduced, can't bend back all the way. Concerns?

Fell on the side of my knee. After 3 days, there's still some swelling, mainly on the inside, pain reduced, can't bend back all the way. Concerns?

Yes: I would recommend an exam by your doctor with possible x ray. Bone, ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage could be damaged. Ice, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) rest and elevate before seeing your doctor ...Read more