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Doctor insights on: Vaso Occlusive Disease Of The Legs

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How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

Few ways.: Crohn's is an inflammatory disease that releases inflammtory mediators into the blood stream. There may be some small component of edema from that. Secondly it is also associated with an arthritis that can cause local joint edema and an increase in distal lymphatic pressure. Thirdly there may be protein / malabsorption losses which can increase edema. ...Read more

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How do you treat lower leg arterial disease?

How do you treat lower leg arterial disease?

Peripheral artery Dz: read this for information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-artery-disease/basics/definition/con-20028731

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Is lower leg swelling a sign of some disease?

Is lower leg swelling a sign of some disease?

Yes: Many things can cause this, including simply being obese, having vein disease, a low protein state, blood clots, tumors. It really depends on the rest of the history and what a physical exam finds. ...Read more

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How do you evaluate lower leg arterial disease?

How do you evaluate  lower leg arterial disease?

Check pulses: Easiest way is to check pulses- if you cannot feel pulses on top of foot or behind the bony part of the ankle (on the inside of the ankle)- then suggest an appointment. Also make sure the foot is warm. Finally push on the skin of the toe- should turn white and then back to pink when you release the skin in less than 2 seconds. Should see your doc if pain with walking more than a few yards. ...Read more

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Do your cheeks or legs get itchy when you have fifths disease?

Do your cheeks or legs get itchy when you have fifths disease?

No: Fifth disease causes face flushed, so called slapped cheek, and lace patterned rash generally not associated with itching. ...Read more

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Teenager with leg calve perthes disease, how do we get this treated?

Teenager with leg calve perthes disease, how do we get this treated?

Varies with age: Primary goals of treatment are to alleviate pain and to prevent lasting deformity of the femoral head. Treatment often depends on age and severity.Before 6 yrs rest, avoid strenuous exercise, use range of motion exercises,crutches, walker, or casts, abduction bracing.Sometimes operations for older patients including femoral and iliac osteotomies. ...Read more

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What are common leg diseases/conditions in children that require physical therapy?

What are common leg diseases/conditions in children that require physical therapy?

Many: Pt can be useful following injuries to the extremities in children, after surgery, and with a multitude of congenital conditions. Some specific ones related to the leg: knee sprain, acl tear and/or reconstruction, ankle sprain, spasticity in legs from cerebral palsy and other conditions. Kind of a broad question, but hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly develop a venous leg ulcer without any previous symptoms of venous disease?

Can you suddenly develop a venous leg ulcer without any previous symptoms of venous disease?

Yes: Sometimes there is an isolated incompetent venous perforator vein under an ulcer. It may have been there for years and in retrospect the patient may remember pain in the area after exercise. When the skin above it can no longer compensate for the increased pressure, an ulcer can form. ...Read more

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What's the best way to combat symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Is cure worse than disease?

What's the best way to combat symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Is cure worse than disease?

Sometimes: Sometimes the symptoms of RLS can be helped fairly easily by treating an easily identifiable underlying cause, like varicose veins or iron deficiency. Other times, the cause isn't readily apparent and some of the drugs that are tried then can cause a lot of side effects. Whether the cure is worse than the disease depends on how severe your RLS is and whether the treatment causes side effects. ...Read more

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What's the name of the rare disease where your feet go numb, and the numbness slowly works up your leg?

What's the name of the rare disease where your feet go numb, and the numbness slowly works up your leg?

Numbness: in the lower extremities is typically called neuropathy which can be due to a variety of factors. Any patient who is starting to feel any type of numbness or tingling in their toes or feet should get seen by their doctor immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment! ...Read more