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Suggest treatment for swelling in the legs

HI, I have recently (within past 2 weeks) noticed some swelling in my feet and lower legs. I have elevated them at night, but swelling returns next day. It comes off and on. Not severe, but there is a feeling of tightness and I notice a little swelling on top of the feet and very little in lower part of leg. No other symptoms that I know of. I am in general good health. On no heart meds. Can walk 3 miles. Get a little more short of breath than I used to, but I am 70. Weight is 130 and height is 5 6 Is this anything to be concerned about? It is summer and temps are high. I am on my feet a bit, but have time to sit and relax.
Thu, 29 Aug 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi,

Well, there are several possible causes. This may be a beginning of leg cellulitis which is inflammation of subcutaneous tissues and may develop into diabetic foot or even diabetic gangrene so any swelling, redness or pain in legs in someone who has diabetes should be evaluated by medical professionals since antibiotics may have to be started as soon as possible to prevent spreading of infection.

He should do at least basic blood tests and blood sugar to see if there is significant infection or not. Other causes include deep vein thrombosis or lymph edema and these should be checked with an ultrasound exam.

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

Take care.

Regards,
Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon
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