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From knee down swells on right leg? Wat are causes for that

From knee down swells on right leg? Wat are causes for that

Different causes: There are several things that can cause swelling in one lower leg from lymph edema to a blood clot. It is important to make sure you do not have something serious like a blood clot because if you do it can travel to your heart or lungs and cause death or to your brain and cause a stroke. Therefore, you need to seek medical attention and have the swelling checked out to rule out something serious. ...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 would cause the bottom of my right leg (from the knee down) to swell?

What would cause the bottom of my right leg (from the knee down) to swell?

One Leg swelling: Many reasons in 45 years old person. If came on suddenly and just in one leg, clot should be considered. Baker cyst behind knee can also be the reason. Varicose vein an other cause. You should have doppler venous flow study. Please see a vascular surgeon. Thanks. ...Read more

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Could my husband have a bloodclot in his leg? My husband is 40 and overweight with a history of knee and back troubles. His knee recently swelled and became painful with no obvious cause. He has been doing yardwork instead of resting and now his lower leg

Could my husband have a bloodclot in his leg? My husband is 40 and overweight with a history of knee and back troubles. His knee recently swelled and became painful with no obvious cause. He has been doing yardwork instead of resting and now his lower leg

Well,: Well, lots of factors going on here. Given his history of knee issues, a day spent doing yard work certainly would aggravate this, and even cause swelling... In the knee, but not the lower leg and ankle. And the mottling you see is probably not from a close exposure to a heat source. When I barbecue, I usually end up burning the hairs on my arm long before I do anything to my skin. And the skin's response to heat is to turn red at first (before it blisters), so I don't think the mottling is from the fire.

So my short answer to your question is yes, take him to the doctor and get him checked out. It may or may not be a clot, and it may or may not be dangerous, but why take chances? If it is a clot, it can be a serious problem that needs immediate attention. Better safe than sorry.

Good luck! ...Read more

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I was playing football afterwardsmy knee started to swell bad now my leg has swollen then my ankle. Cause and treatment?

I was playing football afterwardsmy knee started to swell bad now my leg has swollen then my ankle. Cause and treatment?

Baker's cyst?: You may have had a baker's cyst rupture behind your knee. Your leg needs to be examined to make sure you do not have a clot or an infection. ...Read more

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I have spider veins on both legs and have severe knee and leg pain, also the veins swell up and causes it to be hard to sit, stand, and walk.

I have spider veins on both legs and have severe knee and leg pain, also the veins swell up and causes it to be hard to sit, stand, and walk.

Other reasons.: In addition to your spider veins, you sound as if you may also have varicose veins. Your symptoms, however, are not typical of just vein problems. You should start with a full venous evaluation by a vein specialist including a venous reflux ultrasound. Depending on this, you may also need to have other causes of your symptoms evaluated such as orthopedic and neurologic. ...Read more

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What are likely causes of mild/moderate knee/lower leg pain only present when running, no swell/tenderness, pain changes spots, pain stops after run?

What are likely causes of mild/moderate knee/lower leg pain only present when running, no swell/tenderness, pain changes spots, pain stops after run?

Shin splints likely: Make sure you are wearing a reasonable running shoe that fits well. A sudden increase in distance and/or running intensity can harken shin splints which is really just an overuse injury. The treatment is to decrease your intensity/distance akin to a dimmer switch to just below the threshold where symptoms develop. If pain persists for much longer, seek an orthopaedic evaluation. ...Read more

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My right knee hurts and swells if I walk a lot what could be the cause?

My right knee hurts and swells if I walk a lot what could be the cause?

Probably arthritis: Other causes might include bursitis or a blood clot, but pain and swelling are signs of arthritis, and that is the most likely diagnosis. Your doctor can help you make a more precise diagnosis and determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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Ankle still swells during day 2 weeks after knee injury. Is this cause for concern?

Ankle still swells during day 2 weeks after knee injury. Is this cause for concern?

Yes if U don't know: Why it is swollen, may be there is associated injury, see your doctor for examination and tests (X-ray MRI etc) to rule out fracture or ligamental injury Speak to your doctor or go to ER ...Read more

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Have had several Synvisk injection with no side effect, however the one I had yesterday caused my knee to swell and hurt, actually need a walker to?

Have had several Synvisk injection with no side effect, however the one I had yesterday caused my knee to swell and hurt, actually need a walker to?

Follow up with MD: What you have described may be side effects of synvisc which may dissipate over time or it may be something much worse. You should seek asap a physician follow -up appointment to allow him or her to evaluate and give you their impression. If you cannot wait and the symptoms become even much more severe and persistent, a patient in your situation should go to the Emergency Room. ...Read more

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What would cause a knee to swell and have pain with no injury?

What would cause a knee to swell and have pain with no injury?

Knee swelling: Could be infectious. Better get it checked out if it is persistent ...Read more

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What would cause my left knee to swell and ache, I am 50 years old and a diabetic?

What would cause my left knee to swell and ache, I am 50 years old and a diabetic?

Arthritis: If there is no history of trauma, than most likely it is due to arthritis
you should consult your doctor and he/she can order an xray which will show what is causing and get it treated. ...Read more

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Will a cyst or a damaged bursa sac under the knee cause a lymph node around the knee to swell?

Will a cyst or a damaged bursa sac under the knee cause a lymph node around the knee to swell?

Infection?: Lymph nodes typically swell near sites of infection. An infected knee bursa could cause nearby lymph nodes to swell. Potential infections should always be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Can a swollen knee or the removal of fluids from the swell, cause a thigh to be slimmer than the other? It appears one of mine is slimmer.

Can a swollen knee or the removal of fluids from the swell, cause a thigh to be slimmer than the other? It appears one of mine is slimmer.

Not exactly: That is probably the quadriceps atrophy that a painful knee causes your noticing causing your thigh to appear slimmer less muscle, corrected in rehab after cause of your joint effusion is diagnosed and corrected ...Read more

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Good evening. I have cyclic knee effusion; every 10 days, my knee swells up. After 2 days, the swelling resolves itself. Cause? Thanks.

Good evening. I have cyclic knee effusion; every 10 days, my knee swells up. After 2 days, the swelling resolves itself. Cause? Thanks.

Knee swelling: Knee effusion or swelling can be due to a number of causes: a proliferative (diffuse) or focal (local) synovial condition, loose bodies, meniscal tear, articular cartilage wear, and an underlying bleeding disorder; if you, indeed, are experiencing this a MRI should be ordered to rule out an internal derangement. ...Read more

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What can cause a knee cap to swell and bruise and also to have sonething hard that moves on my knee cap please help?

What can cause a knee cap to swell and bruise and also to have sonething hard that moves on my knee cap please help?

Needs eval: Bruise is usually from bleeding, which can also have swelling.
Unusual place to bruise without some trauma?
Knee cap is a bone and hard and moves?
Can be fractured with enough trauma.
Ortho is the discipline most likely to diagnose. ...Read more

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I want to know what caused my knee to swell even if im not having too much physical activities and didn't hurt myself by hitting into something?

I want to know what caused my knee to swell even if im not having too much physical activities and didn't hurt myself by hitting into something?

Physical activity: The most common reason for joint aches and swelling is physical activity. If you have sustained no memorable trauma, other causes include arthritis, previous injury, infection and other systemic health problems. It is hard to narrow this down without a medical history and physical examination. A visit to your doctor should help limit the likely causes. ...Read more

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What could cause my left knee all the way down too my toes to swell? On my feet alot, but this just started happening and only on the left

What could cause my left knee all the way down too my toes to swell? On my feet alot, but this just started happening and only on the left

Likely venous: First, make sure it isn't from clot in the veins. See your doctor, who should order an ultrasound. Request that the study is performed in an icavl-accredited lab to maximize its reliability. This swelling could also be due to leaky valves in the veins or excess lymph fluid buildup. A vascular specialist can sort it out for you. ...Read more

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My knee is popping and cracking and locking, what's wrong with it? I've had a lot of issues out of my knee, it pops when I bend it or squat down, it locks at times and is hard to move, it swells and it hurts behind my knee cap and hurts a lot and causes m

My knee is popping and cracking and locking, what's wrong with it? I've had a lot of issues out of my knee, it pops when I bend it or squat down, it locks at times and is hard to move, it swells and it hurts behind my knee cap and hurts a lot and causes m

If: If you have not had an MRI I recommend you request one. It sounds like you may have a tear in one or multiple tendons, ligaments, or meniscus. If so, you will need surgery to clean the knee out so to speak and repair the damage. In the meantime you can request a steroid injection for the pain and inflammation.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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What can cause knee pain in the right leg?

What can cause knee pain in the right leg?

Knee pain: Injury, swelling, meniscus tear, ligament tear of acl and pcl, ligament tears of mcl and lcl, fracture, synovitis, connective tissue disease, arthritis, referred pain, among others. ...Read more

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Could plantar faciitis cause knee and leg pain?

Could plantar faciitis cause knee and leg pain?

Yes: If you are walking differently, then you may strain your knees, hip, back ...Read more

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What causes the legs to bend inward at the knee?

What causes the legs to bend inward at the knee?

Deformity?: You may have an early valgus deformity of
the knee
if this persists you may develop further
arthritic changes in the knee
you need to get an exam and xray for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a sprained knee cause problems on the opposite leg?

Can a sprained knee cause problems on the opposite leg?

Compensation: Having a sprained knee causes you to compensate by putting more weight on the other leg. This may cause pain in the area. ...Read more

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Cause of pain behind knee after folding or stretching left leg?

Hamstring: Pain behind the knee w/ ' stretching' your leg may be due to hamstring irritation/ injury, undiagnosed bakers' cysts, and other causes. See your md for evaluation if no improvement or go to er if pain / swelling worsen (dvt work - up). ...Read more

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Please tell me what can be the cause of my legs and knees hurting?

Please tell me what can be the cause of my legs and knees hurting?

Many possibilities: 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. ...Read more