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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.

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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


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What are the causes of and what is the remedy for swelling feet, ankles, and legs?

What are the causes of and what is the remedy for swelling feet, ankles, and legs?

Venous insufficiency: The most common cause is non-functioning valves in the leg veins. This allows back flow of blood and body fluids seeping into the tissues. There are other causes involving the heart, kidneys, liver. Get checked out by your internist. The remedy is compression stockings, elevation of the legs, surgical intervention by a vascular specialist, diet modification.

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What causes swelling of the feet and legs?

What causes swelling of the feet and legs?

Water and gravity: Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills.

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What could cause mottled legs/feet along with swelling?

What could cause mottled legs/feet along with swelling?

Several items: Swelling is more common with venous stasis, mottling with congestion, and cold. Anemia can play a role.

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What are the causes of swelling frim the legs ancles and feet at night?

What are the causes of swelling frim the legs ancles and feet at night?

Swelling Leg Foot: There are many causes of swelling in the legs and feet. We must worry about your venous return or lymph drainage. Best to see a vascular specialist to see why you are having a hard time getting that fluid out of there, when it is typically the night time that we can get the fluid out as we get off our feet. Dr rich blake.

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What causes extreme swelling of legs and feet?

What causes extreme swelling of legs and feet?

Many things: A blockage in the vein drainage in the pelvis can cause this. This can be the result of a mass in the pelvis such as ovarian cancer. A blockage in the lymphatic system can also cause this. The lymphatic system drains lymph which is the clearish fluid that you see in blisters.

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What are the causes of swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet?

What are the causes of swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

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What could be the cause of my right foot and leg swelling?

What could be the cause of my right foot and leg swelling?

Could be: Deep venous thrombophlebitis which can cause pulmonary emboli. You need to see a doctor immediately.

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What can cause swelling on your legs and feet with red blots?

What can cause swelling on your legs and feet with red blots?

Hives and Edema: Dr. Farhy is correct, but if the blotches are itchy, come and go, are sporadic and the swelling is mostly in the feet or toes, then it might be urticaria and angioedema. Keep a diary and see your primary care doctor.

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Does olmesartan cause swelling in the lower leg, ankles, and feet?

Does olmesartan cause swelling in the lower leg, ankles, and feet?

Swellin of Lower ext: The literature mentions peripheral and facial edema, consult with your prescribing physician.

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What's the cause of pain in the feet and down the shin of legs with swelling?

What's the cause of pain in the feet and down the shin of legs with swelling?

Shin Splints: If you get pain in your shin bone this is mostly the cause, especially if you are a runner/jogger. If this is the case, ease back on your exercise and allow the area to heal. Need to be evaluated for proper shoe gear and possible orthotics by a podiatrist.

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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.

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What can I do for severe swelling and extreme pain in my legs and feet caused by a bad sunburn?

What can I do for severe swelling and extreme pain in my legs and feet caused by a bad sunburn?

Dermatologist: Ifthere is severe swelling then this would be best treated by your physician or a dermatologist.

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A 64 year old man has swelling in the feet and leg with a sore that won't go away also his foot is starting to turn black. What are possible diagnoises?

A 64 year old man has swelling in the feet and leg with a sore that won't go away also his foot is starting to turn black. What are possible diagnoises?

Seek medical care: The swelling could be a venous issue, however with the discoloration you need to worry about poor arterial circulation and possibly impending gangrene. This gentleman should seek medical care promptly.

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Husband is 6'1, 300lbs w swelling in feet/legs, otherwise healthy. He's overweight, he's always struggled w weight. But what could cause this swelling?

Husband is 6'1, 300lbs w swelling in feet/legs, otherwise healthy. He's overweight, he's always struggled w weight. But what could cause this swelling?

Many causes and RX.: Leg swelling is a common complaint with many causes including problems with the heart, lungs or kidneys, as well as medications, lymphedema, dvt, cellulitis, venous insufficiency and a host of other issues. There is also a difference in cause if the swelling is one side or bilateral. There are many treatments for swelling but the first step is to identify the cause. See a vein specialist or md.

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Can propranolol cause swelling in my legs, feet, and hands?

Can propranolol cause swelling in my legs, feet, and hands?

No: Unlike calcium channel blockers, Propranolol does not induce swelling. Varicose veins, kidney problem, or heart failure may.

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Have swelling in my hands calves feet what would cause this? Very painful in the legs

As above: Correct diagnoses can't be made without proper evaluation and work up. See u physician.

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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