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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. ...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 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

Edema: Hi. It's not normal for a 40 yo man to have edema. Organ system dysfunction that can cause edema include heart, kidney, liver, and lung. Also venous and lymphatic issues can cause edema. I think he should see a doctor sooner than later for an evaluation. In addition, lifestyle improvement and weight loss would no doubt be beneficial. Good luck to him! ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more