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Dr. Gary Cunningham
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What are the causes of a swelling foot and leg and turning black?

What are the causes of a swelling foot and leg and turning black?

Vein disease common: Venous insufficiency is a common cause of swelling and hyperpigmentation (blackening). This circulation problem is often easily curable although the cosmetic damage may not be completely reversible. A simple, painless and relatively inexpensive ultrasound test can determine if this is the cause. A phlebologist or other physician experienced in this area can quickly assess this problem. ...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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What could be the cause of swelling in both foot and legs in a 70 year old thin person?

What could be the cause of swelling in both foot and legs in a 70 year old thin person?

Venous insufficiency: Damage to the venous system returning blood to the heart from the legs. Medication can also cause this. ...Read more

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
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My right leg and foot keep swelling huge and are red and very hot and go numb ..what causes this?

My right leg and foot keep swelling huge and are red and very hot and go numb ..what causes this?

Swollen right leg: May be infection cellulitis or clot or compression from venous insufficiency or mass in pelvis or combination. The numbness is due to compression of nerves from swelling At your age it is serious go to ER today ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
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Does eprex injections, 2000iu cause albunuria? And swelling of legs ankle and foot? If yes should eprex be continued?

Does eprex injections, 2000iu cause albunuria? And swelling of legs ankle and foot? If yes should eprex be continued?

Eprex can cause: Edema but not albuminuria. Hypertension, kidney problem, diabetes etc can cause albuminuria. Follow up with your pcp and nephrologist. Take care! http://www.Medbroadcast.Com/drug_info_details.Asp?Brand_name_id=1174&next_page=y#adverseeffects. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Zimon
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What causes server swelling in left foot and ankle with pain and blotchy redness in foot, ankle area up to 4 or 5 inches or more up your leg twice now?

What causes server swelling in left foot and ankle with pain and blotchy redness in foot, ankle area up to 4 or 5 inches or more up your leg twice now?

May not be related.: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), circulatory, musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Fox
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What causes swelling of the ankles my right ankle swelled up from the inside up to the center of my leg.Excruciating pain and redness. The pain went away after two hours. Two days later my left foot started except only the ankle on the outside swelled wit

In : In general, swelling that occurs in both feet/ankles simultaneously is usually the result of the body retaining fluid. It's the feet and ankles that swell only because gravity brings the fluid down there. It's not a symptom of something wrong with the feet or ankles, but rather some systemic condition that is causing fluid to be retained in the body. The 4 most common causes being an issue with either the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys. But when one foot or ankle swells, it almost always means something is wrong with the foot or ankle, and it's not related to fluid retention. Also, fluid retention is not typically painful; certainly not "excruciating." there are many reasons for an ankle to swell and become painful (i'm assuming there was no injury), and when you say first it was one ankle, then it went away, only to start up on the other ankle, i'd wonder about some kind of arthritic process of an inflammatory nature, like gout or rheumatoid arthritis. I suppose there is also the remote possibility you could have had a phlebitis in one leg which cleared up on its own, and then re-developed it on the other lower leg, but this is a stretch, to be honest. My best advice is to have your primary care physician take a look at it. He or she will be able to rule-out certain conditions, order appropriate tests, and make an appropriate referral to a specialist, if needed. But i wouldn't ignore this. I would get it checked out. Feel better. ...Read more

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