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Is swelling in the left leg in a 65-year-old due to gout?

hello my name is kevin i own a bussiness and on my feet all day long 3 years ago i had a left hip replaced the first day on my left leg would swell up and than go down asking the surgeon he said i had goute i never had before but 3 years later i still have the problem ive seen my heart dr. and he says im fine ive gone to other surgeons for opions on my operation and they say to go to a vascular dr. i go to a vas. dr. and im told no blood clots and further on it goes in circles help im 65 yrs old and tired of this pointing the finger at everyone else kev
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response

It is really sad that the blame business didn't stop. Let's not fall into that side of thing, it's nowhere related to here.

Do you have swelling in the feel? Get the uric acid checked once to confirm whether it is gout or not.

Once that is done it will confirm whether this is symptoms of gout or anything else.

Next, observe your lower limb skin colour. Do you find any changes in there? Some thing like varicose veins?

You can find good images online to correlate this condition. if not there then it's not due to vascular clots.

Now coming to the hip replacement part. the swelling is common in most cases due to muscle weakness there is lack of venous return and the swelling of feet is observed.

Now taking the heart into consideration. Usually at 65 and with having job profile standing should expect the low functions of the heart and the swelling because at this age the ability of the heart to pump reduces.

Having an echocardiogram should help us understand the Ejection fraction percentage.

Now I will tell about the therapy part. you need to improve your overall stamina and well-being.

It means you need to do general exercise, which includes breathing, aerobic exercise and core stability.

Post hip replacement there is a possibility that people tend to have less functional ability and tend to have some symptoms like this.

If you follow the therapy part I don't think there should be swelling of feet's. Also, you can use stockings for lower limbs.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Jay Indravadan Patel, Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist
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