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For YEARS, I've had swelling in my feet & legs. Constant swelling. I drink lots of water, eat healthy, work out. Nothing helps. Is this a health issue?

For YEARS, I've had swelling in my feet & legs. Constant swelling. I drink lots of water, eat healthy, work out. Nothing helps. Is this a health issue?

The swelling, edema: In medical terms, is additional extracellular water retained in the tissues. Lots of water intake without matching output will ↑ the edema. Due to gravity, edema nearly always greatest in portions of body lowest for hours at a time & shifts with prolonged changes in body position. Edema ↑es with ↓ed albumen, ↑ed capillary leakage & ↑ed venous pressures due to whatever combination of causes. ...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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My feet keep swelling ony ankles I've had a blood test results all good I don't eat much salt what could it be I am a mother to 4 kids?

My feet keep swelling ony ankles I've had a blood test results all good I don't eat much salt what could it be I am a mother to 4 kids?

Ankle swelling: Swelling can be weakness of your veins not returning blood to heart as quickly as before. You can help flow of blood and prevent further weakening by elevating legs every 2 hours for 10 to 15 minutes. Reasons are mechanical, metabolic, cardiac, renal and infectious. If elevation intervals during day do not help, get compression socks, supportive shoes and see doctor to rule out more causes. ...Read more

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My left foot has been swollen for 4 days. What can I do to reduce the swelling? I am a 40 year female who is overweight and am inactive. I stood on my feet the last several days cooking. I have a heart condition too.

My left foot has been swollen for 4 days. What can I do to reduce the swelling? I am a 40 year female who is overweight and am inactive. I stood on my feet the last several days cooking. I have a heart condition too.

If: If only one foot is swollen, it's unlikely it's from fluid retention or your heart. It's probably something local. It's hard to say exactly what is causing your swelling, although varicose veins and/or phlebitis come to mind.

You're best off having your primary care physician take a look, especially given that you have a heart condition as well. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles due to spastic cerebral palsy n I'm on my feet all day as cashier can I take ibuprofen 600mg to reduce swelling can barely walk?

Swollen ankles due to spastic cerebral palsy n I'm on my feet all day as cashier can I take ibuprofen 600mg to reduce swelling can barely walk?

Better options: Would be to try and prevent the swelling. So wearing compression hoosiery would be a good idea. While standing, try and move around so not in one spot. Try and sit down when you have an oppurtunity. ...Read more

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Swelling in my feet & ankles w/ bug bites on legs that itched a lot & after scratching I noticed the swelling. What can I do to get swelling down?

Swelling in my feet & ankles w/ bug bites on legs that itched a lot & after scratching I noticed the swelling. What can I do to get swelling down?

Control the itching: The body reacts to bites as an immune response. This reaction causes swelling. Controlling the itching will also help. Scratching makes them worse. One home remedy is to apply vinegar to the bites. This actually neutralizes the toxins causing the reaction. Rest the legs. Keep them elevated above heart level. Hose with at least 20 mm Hg compression up to the knee will also help. ...Read more

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What can I do to bring down the swelling in my feet and ankles?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have extreme swelling in my feet and ankles, docs can't find out why. Help?

What to do if I have extreme swelling in my feet and ankles, docs can't find out why. Help?

Many possibilities: Swelling in the legs and ankles can be caused by multiple things such as diet, blood pressure, kidney function, circulation, nerves, injury, previous surgery...Basically many things. You need to see your primary doctor and jot down more info about when do you notice the swelling, does it every go down, when does it hurt, what is your diet, etc. Get checked. ...Read more

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I have hypertension and type two diabetes, occassionally, I have modetate swelling in my feet and ankles. What's the cause?

I have hypertension and type two diabetes, occassionally, I have modetate swelling in my feet and ankles. What's the cause?

Nephropathy: Diabetes damages the kidneys by elevated glucose and dehydration. Then, excretion of sodium becomes impaired, and volume overload results in the swelling you describe. Diabetic vascular damage also promotes the fluid leakage and peripheral edema. See your doctor for complete evaluation and aggressive dm management. ...Read more

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How likely is my severely swelling in my feet and ankles is caused by geodon (ziprasidone)? I'm allergic/sensitive to most similar medications (seroquel, risperdal,

How likely is my severely swelling in my feet and ankles is caused by geodon (ziprasidone)? I'm allergic/sensitive to most similar medications (seroquel, risperdal,

Not expected: Swelling on the feet alone is unlikely to be from a drug reaction (including Geodon). At your age, venous insufficiency, in the absence of cardiac or kidney disease, would be a more likely cause. Talk to your doctor re. This. ...Read more

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My feet and ankle's are swelling what kind of a Dr do I see?

My feet and ankle's are swelling what kind of a Dr do I see?

Edema: You should see a Primary care Doctor (Family Med or Internist) to start, who should be able to examine you and determine at the least some early tests (if tests needed at all) to diagnose your issue and start some treatment. Best wishes ...Read more

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Why are my feet and ankles swelling?

Why are my feet and ankles swelling?

Edema: Many things can cause swelling of your feet and ankles. Local factors such as venous insufficiency or varicose veins, or phlebitis or blood clots of the veins can cause this. Liver disease, heart disease and kidney disease can also cause swelling. Malnutrition with low blood protein levels can cause this. If it persists you should be examined and have blood work. ...Read more

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Why are my feet and ankles swelling so badly all of a sudden?

Why are my feet and ankles swelling so badly all of a sudden?

Need appointment: Sudden swelling of the legs is concerning. You need to speak to a provider with further details ASAP. ...Read more

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My feet are swelling like crazy the last few days and I drink a lot of water and I'm always active. What's going on?

My feet are swelling like crazy the last few days and I drink a lot of water and I'm always active. What's going on?

Water retention: This may be due to retained fluid, which can be caused by a cardiac or kidney problem, as well as circulatory issues. Best to see your physician for diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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My ankles, my feet and my legs up to the knees have been swelling up. What could this be?

My ankles, my feet and my legs up to the knees have been swelling up. What could this be?

Edema: Many things can cause swelling of the extremities; trauma, problems with veins, heart issues, kidney disease to name a few. I would recommend evaluation by your physician. Elevation and compression stockings may be helpful to treat the swollen areas. ...Read more

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About 6 months ago my feet ankles and lower calves started swelling up and are painful now it happens all the time?

About 6 months ago my feet ankles and lower calves started swelling up and are painful now it happens all the time?

Support Hose: Many things can cause lower extremity edema including medications, kidney problems, and heart failure. This most common reason, which may be your issue is venous insufficiency. This is where your leg veins don't carry blood up to the heart properly and fluid leaks out into the soft tissues leading to leg swelling.
You can initiate treatment with support hose but you may need an ultrasound. ...Read more

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I've got foot, ankle and leg1 pain from being on my feet day. No swelling though.?

I've got foot, ankle and leg1 pain from being on my feet day. No swelling though.?

Foot and leg pains: This may be a shoe problem or some repetitive injury from work or excess exercise. Poor posture can contribute. Diet is important and the condition may worsen if overweight. If pains continue without an explaination then a physical examination is in order. ...Read more

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Swelling in foot and ankle no pain. Stand on my feet a majority of the day. What could it be? Thanks

Swelling: Without an exam it is difficult to speak definitively, but if there are vericose veins present this can contribute to non painful swelling. Also, joint fluid can leak from small tears or weakness in the joint capsule. There are many possibilities here and an exam and xrays/tests are in order. See a podiatrist - good luck! ...Read more

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For the last few months my feet and ankles and lower legs keep swelling when I sit or stand?

For the last few months my feet and ankles and lower legs keep swelling when I sit or stand?

Feet swelling: There can be lots of reasons for swelling, such as uncontrolled hypertension, arthritis, lymphedema, etc. Tingling burning pain may be specific to nerve impingement/ pathology. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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My ankles and feet have been swelling for several months. My feet have been numb from the arch to the tips of my toes started 4 years ago.?

Swelling: Swelling of ankles and feet can be due to circulatory problem, imbalance in electrolytes and kidney function or heart failure. I would see your MD to check some things out. ...Read more

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My feet and legs and knees swelling at night. I am 64 years old and had problems with my ankles and surgery on each ankles some time ago. Now legs?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes. It may be a problem individually with your knees and ankle as you suggest, it can sometimes be a manifestation of vascular disease such as venous stasis disease. One of the more common reasons a person can have swelling in both legs is some form of fluid retention which can have many causes. A good medical checkup is a good place to start. ...Read more