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Suggest Remedies For Swelling In The Feet And Ankles

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Posted on Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Question: What causes feet and ankles to swell?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

There are different causes and it would depend on whether one or both ankle/feet are involved.

If only one lower limb is involved, then the possible causes are: (1) trauma (2) infection (3) clot (4) varicose veins in one lower limb (5)arthritis

If both lower limbs are involved then possible causes are: (1) side effect of medication, eg amlodipine , a blood pressure medication can have this effect
(2)heart disease
(3)kidney disease
(4)varicose veins in both lower limbs
(5)liver disease

If you have a history of heart or kidney or liver disease, then one of these may be the cause.
If you notice varicose veins in both legs then this is also a possible cause.

To find the exact cause, you would need to be assessed by your doctor. A thorough history and examination would be needed.
If the cause is not clear then blood tests (liver and kidney function) and an ECG (to take a look at the heart), would be needed

There are medications that can help reduce swellling

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (2 days later)
I am on BP meds, also in a wheelchair because of MS. Will see Dr. tomorrow and review results of blood tests.
Thank you XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
okay

Detailed Answer:
HI

No problem, if there are any other queries, feel free to ask

Wishing you the best
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest Remedies For Swelling In The Feet And Ankles

Brief Answer: different possible causes Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic There are different causes and it would depend on whether one or both ankle/feet are involved. If only one lower limb is involved, then the possible causes are: (1) trauma (2) infection (3) clot (4) varicose veins in one lower limb (5)arthritis If both lower limbs are involved then possible causes are: (1) side effect of medication, eg amlodipine , a blood pressure medication can have this effect (2)heart disease (3)kidney disease (4)varicose veins in both lower limbs (5)liver disease If you have a history of heart or kidney or liver disease, then one of these may be the cause. If you notice varicose veins in both legs then this is also a possible cause. To find the exact cause, you would need to be assessed by your doctor. A thorough history and examination would be needed. If the cause is not clear then blood tests (liver and kidney function) and an ECG (to take a look at the heart), would be needed There are medications that can help reduce swellling I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions