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Foot, leg, and ankle swelling

Alternate Names : Swelling of the ankles - feet - legs, Ankle swelling, Foot swelling, Leg swelling, Edema - peripheral, Peripheral edema


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Foot swelling
Foot swelling

The abnormal buildup of fluid in the body is called edema. Edema is commonly seen in the feet and ankles, because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations. Common causes of edema are prolonged standing, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, being overweight, and increase in age.

Lower leg edema
Lower leg edema

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly in older people. Most of the time swelling can be relieved by elevating the legs above the heart while lying down and avoiding sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time. Although swelling of the feet and ankles can be a minor problem, it can also be an indication of more serious illnesses such as heart failure, renal failure, or liver failure.





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