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    How can lower leg swelling and discoloration be treated?

Posted on Tue, 4 Jul 2017 in Veins and Arteries
Question: I have swelling and discoloration on my left ankle and foot. I have not injured it, and I am not feeling any pain or discomfort. I had severe cramping of the muscles on the top of that foot in the night, not last night, but the night before. What might this be?
Answered by Dr. Manjunath Metri 21 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Need further details

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX, thanks for posting your query here...
Welcome to HealthcareMagic..

I will analyze all your points, please note..

1. Please answer these questions..
A. Do you smoke?
B. Are you diabetic?
C. What color is it? Black or red?
D. Did you experience such episodes before?
E. Any drugs that you take?

At age over 60, we just cannot neglect.
There may be chances of DVT. Deep vein thrombosis.
Also, atherosclerosis and embolism can give rise to such symptoms.
But good thing is that you don't have pain.
That will almost rule out arterial diseases..

But, I will suggest you get a Venous Doppler done and make sure it's nothing to worry about..

Hope to get the answers from you as soon as possible.. I will be happy to help..
Take care.. Thank you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy
Follow up: Dr. Manjunath Metri 49 minutes later
To answer your questions:
1. yes I smoke, about 10 a day.
2. No diabetes
3. Purple like a bad bruise from the ankle bone to the sole of the foot
4. I frequently get woken up with leg or foot cramps
5. Yes, I am regularly on Valsartan and Amlodipine for high blood pressure, and temporarily taking Amoxicillin 500 mg for a chest infection from a bad cold
Answered by Dr. Manjunath Metri 7 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Needs evaluation

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for getting back with the answers..

I read all your answers, and have understood the process..
I am suspecting arterial cause for such symptoms.

Please get this test done..
Arterial and Venous Doppler for both lower limbs..

This will be helpful to treat and prevent further events..

Hope this helps you..
If you have any queries please get back to me..
Or, you can close the question and rate.
Take care..
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy
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