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What are some causes of swelling of the legs?
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
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In brief: Many things
Varicose veins with chronic venous insufficiency, superficial thrombophlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, lymphedema, knee, hip, and/or ankle arthritis that prevents normal ambulation, obesity, prolonged standing, liver or kidney trouble, hypothyroidism, abnormal protein levels, all kinds of heart conditions that cause heart failure, the list is long and this doesn't cover everything by any means.

In brief: Many things
Varicose veins with chronic venous insufficiency, superficial thrombophlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, lymphedema, knee, hip, and/or ankle arthritis that prevents normal ambulation, obesity, prolonged standing, liver or kidney trouble, hypothyroidism, abnormal protein levels, all kinds of heart conditions that cause heart failure, the list is long and this doesn't cover everything by any means.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology
In brief: Many causes
One of the most common cause of leg swelling is lymphedema.
This is caused by poor lymphatic circulation. Venous insufficiency primarily from superficial or deep vein failure can also cause leg swelling. Some medications can cause swelling. Other less likely cause are heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and kidney problems. I recommend you get checked out by a doctor if you have leg swelling.

In brief: Many causes
One of the most common cause of leg swelling is lymphedema.
This is caused by poor lymphatic circulation. Venous insufficiency primarily from superficial or deep vein failure can also cause leg swelling. Some medications can cause swelling. Other less likely cause are heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and kidney problems. I recommend you get checked out by a doctor if you have leg swelling.
Dr. Thomas Wright
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