Pedal edema

What is Pedal edema?

Edema (also oedema, dropsy, and hydropsy) (; Greek oídēma, "swelling") is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitium, located beneath the skin and in the cavities of the body. Clinically, edema is manifest as swelling; the amount of interstitial fluid is determined by the balance of fluid homeostasis, and the increased secretion of fluid into the interstitium, or the impaired removal of the fluid can cause edema.

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what is pedal edema

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Fluid accumulation in the lower legs

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Pedal edema is nothing but swelling of the toes and ankle with accumulation of fluids in the interstitial space. The reasons are many why this fluid accumulates.
What do you want to know about pedal edema. Since it is a large...

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Good morning.
What may cause swollen lower legs and ankles?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
depends on whether it is unilateral or bilateral

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thank you for posting your query in Healthcaremagic.com.
This is Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta answering your query.

You have asked a question which has a very broad spectrum.
Swollen legs and ankles are called as pedal edema...

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RVID cm.... 07-2.4 Syst Diast N LVID cm... 3.7-5.4 Syst 2.8 Diast 4.9 POST. WALL THICKNESS 0.8-1.1 Diast 1.0 SEPTAL WALL THICKNESS 0.7-1-2 Diast 0.8 LAID 1.9-3.8 Syst 2.8 AORTIC ROOT DIMENSION 2.0-3.7 Diast 2.7 MTRL. VLV. VEL. D.D.R. 80mm/sec-150mm/sec Diast N Comments: The patient underwent 2-D, M-Mode and doppler examination including s pulse-wave, continuous-wave and color-flow analysis; the study is technically adequate; the following is observed: AORTIC VALVE: normal; tricuspid in appearance with normal central closure. MITRAL VALVE: mitral valve prolapse. TRICUSPID VALVE: normal. PULMONIC VALVE: not well visualized. LEFT ATRIUM: normal; no intracavitary masses or clots seen. AORTIC ROOT: normal size with adequate motion. LEFT VENTRICLE: normal chanber size. Normal LV systolic function. Ejection fraction was 60%. RIGHT ATRIUM: normal. RIGHT VENTRICLE: normal size and function. PERICARDIUM: unremarkable; no evidence of effusion. DOPPLER: doppler examination of the aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary valves and performed. This shows decreased compliance of the LV. Moderate mitral reguritation and mild tricuspid regurgitation. CONCLUSION: 1. Mitral valve prolapse. 2. Normal LV systolic function. 3. Decreased compliance of the LV. 4. Moderate mitral reguritation. 5. Mild tricuspid reguritation. I sent the results of my echo I had done two weeks ago. I typed it out because I don't have a copy machine. I am a 54 year old female. I am a non smoker and don't drink at all. I weigh 127 lbs and am 5 ft 6. I have a history of SVT, MVP, PAC's and PVC's. I have been on tenormin since age 22 for the SVT. It is 50 mg but I only take 1/4 at bedtime unless I have an episode of the SVT. I also take Celexa 10 mg at bedtime and Clonazepam 1 mg at bedtime in case I have an episode of the the SVT. I have swelling in the lower legs, in my calves and my feet, or ankles. Not the sides of them, more on top. I also have been short of breath and when I tell my heart dr he doesn't seem concerned. I see where I have moderate leakage and wonder if this could be causing my swelling and if it is serious. Also, I wonder if I have some sort of blockage in my arteries, or valves in my legs because they ache at times. To have a catherization, can it be done thru the arm instead of the groin area? Can a MRI angiogram or CT scan of the heart show blockage as well as a catherization?

I have a picture of my ankle to show you, but don't know how to send it. It says to upload it in image or pdf format in the right pane, but guess I don't know how to do that.

Ok, I think I figured it out and sent a pic of my right ankle tonight being it is swelled more than the left one. I haven't been up on it much at all today. It will be gone by morning, but will be back after I have been up for a bit. I would really like to know what causes it.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Ankle swelling may be due to many reasons.

Detailed Answer:
Hello Gailnightowl199

Ankle swelling may be due to many reasons like anemia, heart or renal problems, hypothyroidism etc.

In spite of moderate mitral regurgitation, your ejection fraction is satisfactory. Your ankle...

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I am a 65 yr old disabled veteran (wheelchair bound) with neuropathy- scerladerma from agent orange exposure and just started to get edema in top of left foot and leg. What can be causing this edema? My left foot is twice the size of the right one.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Immobilisation vs Cardiac disease.Needs further evaluation

Detailed Answer:
Hi Sir.

I understand your concern.

The probable cause of pedal edema in your case is prolonged immobilization and associated neuropathy.

Its extremely important to rule out underlying cardiac disease as well...

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I have been having pronounced swelling in my feet and legs, medical tests show kidney function to be fine, no high blood pressure what can be causing this

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Heart and kidney dysfunction are 2 main causes

Detailed Answer:
Hi
I am Dr Mittal
I have read your query
I think I will be able to help you

Kidney disease is just one of the causes of the pedal edema (swelling of the feet). As you said, the KFT is normal. However, early kidney...

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have severe swelling in legs &feet painful.amdiabetic started onvictoza 3/11/14b/p is up can't stand on feet long, swells more,have had edema problems all my life but not with pain.have stayed in bed 2 days went down alittle not much

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Amlodepine needs adjustment.Investigations

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I went through your query and understood your concerns.

You are on multiple drugs and among them amlodipine besylate10mg is known to cause swelling in legs (pedal edema). For my patients because of this side effect I...

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What can I do for swollen ankles?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Needs evaluation if persistent.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Swelling of the ankles is called pedal edema and is caused by accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells or intercellular tissues. It can be due to cellulitis, congestive heart failure...

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My right ankle and foot has been swelling off and on for about 2 months now. In the last 2 weeks my left has swelled as well. If I press on them my finger print stays indented. I went to the ear last week when both were extremely swollen. The did urine test and blood work but said my labs were fine and to follow up with my dr. Problem is I don't have a dr. No pain or shortness of breath

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be due to many causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Swelling of the feet is called pedal edema and is caused by accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells or intercellular tissues. It can be due to cellulitis, congestive heart failure...

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I have excessive swelling of my legs and hands and I've gained 8 pounds in six days My skin is extremely tight and shiny on both legs. I cannot see my ankles

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be due to many causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Swelling of the feet is called pedal edema and is caused by accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells or intercellular tissues. It can be due to cellulitis, congestive heart failure...

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swelling in feet and ankles

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be due to many causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Swelling of the feet is called pedal edema and is caused by accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells or intercellular tissues. It can be due to cellulitis, congestive heart failure...

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