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What causes pitting edema on ankles to shin?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Jul 2014
Question: I have pitting edema in both of my ankles up my shins. Now I have little red spots too
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Answered by Dr. Johny Chacko (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Pitting pedal edema

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to healthcare magic,
Pitting pedal edema needs proper evaluation. The causes of pitting edema includes
Anemia
Cardiac disease
Hypertension(ruled out in your case)
Hypoproteinemia
Kidney disease etc
Even early stages of hypothyroidism can have pitting edema.
Local causes include varicose veins, cellulitis, lymphangitis etc
You should see your physician and get tested for the above .
Hope this helped,
Take care and wish you good health.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Johny Chacko (7 hours later)
In the evening it trends to be worse. It throbs with pain mostly around my ankles. Yesterday I was a bit dizzy off and on, not knowing if this is related or not. I have a dr appointment in a couple weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Johny Chacko (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Pedal edema evaluation

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Edema around the legs always tends to get worse towards evening. This is because the fluid shifts towards the feet through out the day under the influence of gravity.

Dizziness may be related to edema if the underlying cause is anaemia or cardiac disorder.
Dizziness could also be due to low blood pressure which you have mentioned.

As I mentioned earlier, you need a thorough medical check up.

Until your doctor's appointment, you could try these at home-
1. Continue elevating your legs. Use 2 firm pillows below your legs at bedtime.
2. Do not massage.
3. Try to avoid standing for prolonged periods.

Hope these help you.

Wishing you good health,
Dr. Johny Chacko
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What causes pitting edema on ankles to shin?

Brief Answer: Pitting pedal edema Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to healthcare magic, Pitting pedal edema needs proper evaluation. The causes of pitting edema includes Anemia Cardiac disease Hypertension(ruled out in your case) Hypoproteinemia Kidney disease etc Even early stages of hypothyroidism can have pitting edema. Local causes include varicose veins, cellulitis, lymphangitis etc You should see your physician and get tested for the above . Hope this helped, Take care and wish you good health.