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Swollen Legs

Swollen legs occur commonly in old adults. It can occur due to injury, build-up of fluid in the body, being inactive, prolonged sitting or standing, and wearing tight socks. It can be a sign of heart disease or acute kidney failure. It can also occur due to pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, nephrotic syndrome, obesity, and pericarditis. Swollen legs can also occur due to inflammation of legs seen in rheumatoid arthritis, Achilles tendon rupture, burns, cellulitis, and osteoarthritis. It is managed by taking a low-salt diet, giving exercise to the legs often, and wearing support stockings. Keeping legs in a pillow above the heart level helps reduce swelling in the legs, and taking frequent breaks during traveling helps to reduce it.

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My mother has pain and swelling in her foot. Is this due to diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor,My Mother is 55 years old. She has a condition of swollen foot with immense pain, and she is a diabetic patient. The pain in foot appeared suddenly. Now she cannot stand long or walk properly. In the morning, the swelling is less, but by the end of the day. I am taking medication for di...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There can be few possible cases for such swelling one is it is related to the kidney. When kidney function is impaired, then due to that, swelling occurs. As you mentioned, she has diabetes, which could be due to the kidney's not properly functioning. Another reason is ...  Read Full »

I have an MCL tear, and the swelling persists. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I tore my MCL last week and the ER doctor told me to stay off of it for at least three days. I did so, starting to use it three days later for about three hours. The swelling my foot has encountered since then has been extreme. If I elevate and do not use it for four to six hours, the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In general, an MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear, even it was small, requires at least one to two months of rest if you do not bear any weight on the injured leg. If the injury was small, it heals without any requirement for surgery. If the tear was large enough to...  Read Full »

I am having leg swelling and vaginal spotting after C-section. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-years-old female. My second baby was delivered by LS/CS method before a week after completing 36.5 weeks. Doctor also removed my uterus as I had been suffering from a complication of central placenta previa with increta/percreta. And I had even bled a few little clots during ...  Read Full »

Dr. Meenakshi Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Placenta previa with increta is a severe condition, so uterus has to be removed due to bleeding. Swelling may be due to anemia or blood transfusions. Take tablet Lasix one tablet once a day, it will cause frequent urination. Blood spots will disappear after a few days....  Read Full »

I have swollen legs after my kidney transplant. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Two years back, I had a kidney transplant. Now, I have swelling in legs and foamy urine. I take Prograf 3 mg in the morning and 2.5 mg at night. My BP is 102/55 mmHg. I do not have diabetes. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and it seems your kidneys are not functioning optimally. There is some ongoing disease process that has caused deranged kidney function. Swelling in legs (edema) and foamy urines are symptoms and signs of deranged kidney functions. It war...  Read Full »

I want a second opinion about my echo results. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having chest pain, heart palpitation, increased resting heart rate, mild swelling in my legs and arms, fatigue, and mildly elevated CRP. Also, some difficulty in breathing while lying down occasionally. I want a second opinion about my echo results. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a thyroidectomy, and you are taking thyroxine; I would recommend having your thyroid profile checked. Overdose of thyroxine can cause a faster heart rate. You had COVID-19. COVID-19 sometimes causes inflammation of heart muscles called myocarditis, which can...  Read Full »

After taking antibiotics, my legs have become stiff. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a painful, swollen, reddish boil under my armpit two days ago. I went to a doctor yesterday and he put me on antibiotics. Yesterday night, when I took the antibiotics, after some time I got the feeling of stiffness in my right calf and thigh. My leg felt heavy and affected my wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The antibiotic which you are taking does not have the side effect of myalgia and stiffness or joint pains. However, Pantoprazole may cause some times such symptoms. I think the boil itself can cause the myalgia and there is nothing serious. You need to complete at l...  Read Full »

Why am I having intermittent leg and ankle swelling?

Query: Hello doctor, My leg and ankle have been swollen for about three weeks. There are times it becomes normal, but I noticed that every time I am exhausted, the leg swelling increases, making it difficult for me to walk. I also wake up with difficulty in breathing, and my hands tend to go numb if I slee...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and the detailed reports, which you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears that you have dependent pedal edema, which means, that after prolonged exertion and continuously being on your feet for long hours, it ...  Read Full »

I have a bloated stomach and swollen legs post my gallbladder removal surgery. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a bloated stomach post my gallbladder removal surgery and my legs are also swollen to a size twice the size of my legs before surgery. However, I have no fever or chills. It has been two days since I underwent the cholecystitis operation. It hurts to stand straight and the back on ...  Read Full »

Dr. Noman Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Be assured that all your healthcare concerns are in safe hands. I am here to guide you through your query. Thank you for the description of your symptoms. Sometimes, post-surgery your gut motility gets slowed down which in medical terms is called post-opera...  Read Full »

Kindly help with the symptoms that my grandmother faces.

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother is 94 years old and has swelling, discoloration, and blisters on her legs. She takes the tablet Nicardia Retard 20 mg in the morning and 10 mg in the evening. Unfortunately, I cannot take her to the doctor now as she cannot walk. This problem has persisted for the past o...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the history and images provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). They appear as stasis dermatitis. It is an inflammatory condition caused due to multiple factors including gravitational edema where fluid pooling on the lower li...  Read Full »

What is the possible reasons for the leg swelling due to mosquito bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old female. For four years, my right leg has swollen once in a year in the summer or when I go for agricultural works in mud fields. Initially it starts with fever, vomiting, body pain, chillness and then my leg will change to light red color and the swelling will start....  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like you had cellulitis. You might have scratched your leg and later on it has developed an infection. I think you are accumulating gas in your foot and in your leg. I think you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later. You need a com...  Read Full »

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