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My feet have been swelling on the bottom and the sides what could this be coming from?

My feet have been swelling on the bottom and the sides what could this be coming from?

Poor shoes: Are your shoes fitting properly? Poor footwear is a common cause of foot swelling/discomfort.

Make sure your salt intake isn't too high. Stay hydrated as well (water is appropriate). If the swelling persists, see your physician. They may want to do some blood work. ...Read more

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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What to do if I have foot swelling at side of foot.?

What to do if I have foot swelling at side of foot.?

See a specialist: If you have unexplained swelling on the side of your foot it could be one of several issues including an ankle sprain, tendinitis, a bone spur or a fracture. I recommend you see a qualified specialist (podiatrist or orthopedist) for examination. ...Read more

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Foot swelling at side of foot. What can I do/take to reduce the swelling?

Foot swelling at side of foot. What can I do/take to reduce the swelling?

Ice: Lots of ice, elevation, compress with an ace bandage and rest. Take an over the counter antiinflammatory like advil (ibuprofen). If no better, then go to your favorite podiatrist. ...Read more

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I got swelling and pain in my right foot toe's root. It started on the lower side and has started to spread slowly?

I got swelling and pain in my right foot toe's root. It started on the lower side and has started to spread slowly?

Toe pain: I would need some additional information such as, recent history of injury to area, past medical history (diabetes, gout etc), history of past similar symptoms in the area previously. After, compiling this information a better clinical picture can be arrived at. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swelling and pain while walking on the side of my foot navicular area, after a fall last week, xrays are clear, what could it be?

I am experiencing swelling and pain while walking on the side of my foot navicular area, after a fall last week, xrays are clear, what could it be?

Tendinitis: This is probably tendinitis of posterior tibial tendon you can do range of motion and stretching and antiinflamatories. If it is no better in a week or two you should have it looked at. There is a chance you could have torn the tendon and may need an MRI if it does not improve ...Read more

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I am getting different answers on whether gapapentin causes swelling in feet. Drs are saying no, but the side effect warning labels says yes. Why?

I am getting different answers on whether gapapentin causes swelling in feet. Drs are saying no, but the side effect warning labels says yes. Why?

Family practice: Even though it can cause edema it may no be in your case. Ask your dr what else could be the cause. Are you on anything else. Would it be safe to cut down on its dose or off entirely for awhile. ...Read more

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Can Thalamic pain on right side cause ankle/ foot swelling?

Can Thalamic pain on right side cause ankle/ foot swelling?

Here are some...: Known to us, stroke is the most common cause for thalamic pain and may lead to hemiparesis leading to immobilization of extremities with subsequent the edema of affected legs, but not severe swelling except developing vessel-blocking clots in veins. So, seek evaluation & counseling for right attention and care as needed; do not hold wishful thinking and wait if just happening recently. ...Read more

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I have swelling on my left foot behind that ball joint on the side. What could cause this?

I have swelling on my left foot behind that ball joint on the side. What could cause this?

Many things: Not sure from your description exactly where you are talking about but there could be many causes- please give more info. ...Read more

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My son felt a sharp pain on outside of left side of foot. Pain has been sporadic. No swelling.?

My son felt a sharp pain on outside of left side of foot. Pain has been sporadic. No swelling.?

Hard to say: There are many causes of pain in the foot without any apparent trauma. Without knowing more about your boy's health history and getting a look at his tootsie, i'd be misleading you with any specific answers.

It's always safest and best to bring it in to a podiatrist, perhaps get an x-ray, and know for certain. Hope your boy feels better and good luck! ...Read more

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I've been on fentanyl patch for 4 months is it possible to have bad side effects now ie. Swelling in feet and ankles?

I've been on fentanyl patch for 4 months is it possible to have bad side effects now ie. Swelling in feet and ankles?

It might: Swelling can be a side effect of fentanyl patch use. Talk to your doctor to see if this could be in your case. ...Read more

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I have swelling on both sides of my rt foot around the joint area. Very painful to touch and put pressure on the foot any thoughts?

Maybe gout: What you are describing may be gout. That can be inherited or be the result of medical problems or medicines. It is extremely painful and easily treated. There are other possibilities as well. Call your physician this morning ...Read more

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Pain in left foot slight swelling on side of foot aches after walking?

Pain in left foot slight swelling on side of foot aches after walking?

Several things: Could just be a bruise, or muscle strain, but could be a metatarsal stress fracture.

See a podiatrist to check it out. ...Read more

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I smashed my foot on a wall yesterday and it's now got a big lump and swelling along the side of my foot. Is it possible I've chipped a bone?

I smashed my foot on a wall yesterday and it's now got a big lump and swelling along the side of my foot. Is it possible I've chipped a bone?

Yes: You can not tell the severity of the injury by looking at it. You need an x ray. Make an appointment to see a podiatric physician. While waiting, use the rice principle. Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Try to stay off the foot. ...Read more

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I am having pain in top part of foot no swelling but big toes is cold feeling I can only walk on side of foot is this serious and what is causing it?

I am having pain in top part of foot no swelling but big toes is cold feeling I can only walk on side of foot is this serious and what is causing it?

Could be: This could be serious. While this could be an issue of dropped arch or inappropriate shoe wear, you may have a fracture, or even a vascular issue. This should be evaluated by your family physician. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my foot is broken, if I can stand on it with pain, very minor swelling, no bruising but hurts to twist side to side but not up/down?

How can I tell if my foot is broken, if I can stand on it with pain, very minor swelling, no bruising but hurts to twist side to side but not up/down?

X-rays: The only way to tell for certain if a bone in your foot is broken is by x-ray. Your symptoms sound more like a strain or sprain, not a fracture. But, if you had a recent significant injury, are big into sports, or don't notice improvement after a few days of relative rest, an x-ray is indicated. You might have a stress fracture or minor hairline fracture. ...Read more

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What is the reason of getting swelling feet...Pain in the right side of the chest and hand.

What is the reason of getting swelling feet...Pain in the right side of the chest and hand.

Feet swelling: Can be caused by so many different things like venous or arterial problems but since you have multiple problems see you pcp. ...Read more

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Why does wellbutrin (bupropion) cause the side effect of inflammation in 1 feet (redness and swelling) within a day or two of use?

Why does wellbutrin (bupropion) cause the side effect of inflammation in 1 feet (redness and swelling) within a day or two of use?

Concurrent Rx: Perhaps it's an interaction between Wellbutrin (bupropion) and another medication or herbal that you are taking. Do you have any other medical conditions? Does the inflammation persist throughout the entire time that you are taking Wellbutrin (bupropion)? Is this the first time that you have taken Wellbutrin (bupropion)? ...Read more

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I was Jumping up in the air I came down on the side outside of my foot up near my baby toe directly under It it's turning purple and swelling hurts?

I was Jumping up in the air I came down on the side outside of my foot up near my baby toe directly under It it's turning purple and swelling hurts?

Sprain/Fracture: You most likely sustained a sprain/ fracture in this area and should get an xray and treatment for it. Meanwhile apply ice packs for 15 to 20minutes 3 to 4 times a day and if not pregnant, have a contraindication or allergic to NSAIDS, use as dosed on the bottle for pain relief. rest and elevate the foot. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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I banged and bruised my inside of my foot last week. Why would the opposite side begin throbbing a week later? There's been no swelling.

I banged and bruised my inside of my foot last week. Why would the opposite side begin throbbing a week later? There's been no swelling.

Compensation: You may be compensating for the foot that was traumatized originally. This can add more stress on the non injured foot and you can develop an overuse syndrome. Try to take it easy for a few days and if it is not any better, seek out a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ankle pain. The following also describes me: Ankle swelling. What should I do? The bone on the side of my foot looks out

I am experiencing ankle pain. The following also describes me: Ankle swelling. What should I do? The bone on the side of my foot looks out

Go see MD: Could be a variety of things, but at your age, without an injury, my first guess would be gout. So, go see MD ...Read more

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I have pain on the outside of my foot. Dr said it was Achilles' tendon heel spur. How can this be if the swelling and pain are on the side?

GOOD POINT: That's a good point. A retrocalcaneal spur should hurt directly behind the heel bone. Talk to your doctor again; make sure he/she knows exactly where the pain is located, and ask them this same question. ...Read more

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Can't afford xray, twisted foot, hurts to stand on but only minor swelling, no bruising, hurts to twist side to side but not up/down. What do I do?

Can't afford xray, twisted foot, hurts to stand on but only minor swelling, no bruising, hurts to twist side to side but not up/down. What do I do?

Foot/ankle sprain: The first thing you should do is: elevate the foot, apply an ice bag to the injuried area, then get an ace wrap and put it on snug from the toes to over the ankle. Then after a meal, take 600mg to 800 mg of Ibuprofen (3 to 4 OTC ibuprofen) or 440mg of Aleve (naproxen) twice a day. Stay off the foot as much as possible for 2-3 days. If the pain is still present, you might have to see the Podiatrist. ...Read more

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Foot pain in top and side of the foot with no bruising or swelling for a couple weeks, but now can't tolerate weight, who should I see an ortho or ped?

Foot pain in top and side of the foot with no bruising or swelling for a couple weeks, but now can't tolerate weight, who should I see an ortho or ped?

Specialist: Seeing a podiatrist or a foot & ankle orthopedic specialist would be a good choice. They both have unique knowledge of the foot and ankle. Either way, xrays, bloodwork and a good examination should help you in getting a diagnosis and treatment to help! ...Read more

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I had a injury to my knee and shin bone from a fall and now I have swelling all the way down to my feet and the inner side of my foot is turning blue?

I had a injury to my knee and shin bone from a fall and now I have swelling all the way down to my feet and the inner side of my foot is turning blue?

SEE A DOCOTER: You had a significant injury since you have swelling and bleeding that cause the discoloration. It is in your foot because of gravity my advise see a doctor same time apply ice on the injured area that might slow down the bleeding and the bruises good luck ...Read more

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I have great pain in the side of my foot that is unbearable. Feels like bad bruise or a chip bone. No swelling but painful to the touch. Please help.?

I have great pain in the side of my foot that is unbearable. Feels like bad bruise or a chip bone. No swelling but painful to the touch. Please help.?

Runner?: The pain may come from a contusion or fx. Runners can have a stress fx and even older persons can have a stress fx or osteoporotic fx. You may only have a strain but if this pain is that severe then see someone for this and ask about a film. If this is normal then may need orthotics in the shoes you wear. See an orthopedist or podiatrist. ...Read more

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The left side/bottom of my right foot gets a strange shock sensation when I walk then goes to pins and needles when not moving no noticeable swelling?

The left side/bottom of my right foot gets a strange shock sensation when I walk then goes to pins and needles when not moving no noticeable swelling?

Get an EMG: Evaluation by a neurologist or PM&R physician would be helpful. An EMG may be needed to determine precisely where your sensations are likely coming from.

*An EMG is a neurophysiologic test that uses electrodes, small electrical shocks and very fine needles to assess the function of nerves. ...Read more

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Injuried knee for 2 month front/both sides of knee pain swelling front and back of knee, nerves in back of knee cause tingling in foot, can't bend kne?

Injuried knee for 2 month front/both sides of knee pain swelling front and back of knee, nerves in back of knee cause tingling in foot, can't bend kne?

Need an evaluation: You have a knee Ed fusion, and swelling in the back is a Baker cyst, and that is compressing on certain structures. There are other things I can mimic this. You need to have imaging, and evaluation, fluid removed from the knee, and a good idea of what the internal structural problems that may be compressing the nerve or vascular structures in the back of the knee ...Read more

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I am taking cymbalta (duloxetine) for fibromyalgia and have gained 20lbs with hand and feet swelling. Are there other drugs that treat fibromyalgia with less side?

I am taking cymbalta (duloxetine) for fibromyalgia and have gained 20lbs with hand and feet swelling. Are there other drugs that treat fibromyalgia with less side?

Make sure is Fibro: Fibromyalgia is one of the most overly diagnosed condition today. There are many underlying conditions that can explain many of the symptoms that are more common-place and actually treatable. Conditions of the neck and low back will frequently have "myofascial" (muscle, tendon, ligament=soft-tissues) related pain that will spread quite far at times. Seek pain specialist eval. If needed for options. ...Read more