Swollen Legs

Swollen legs occur commonly in old adults. It can occur due to injury, build-up of fluid in the body, being inactive, prolonged sitting or standing, and wearing tight socks. It can be a sign of heart disease or acute kidney failure. It can also occur due to pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, nephrotic syndrome, obesity, and pericarditis. Swollen legs can also occur due to inflammation of legs seen in rheumatoid arthritis, Achilles tendon rupture, burns, cellulitis, and osteoarthritis. It is managed by taking a low-salt diet, giving exercise to the legs often, and wearing support stockings. Keeping legs in a pillow above the heart level helps reduce swelling in the legs, and taking frequent breaks during traveling helps to reduce it.

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Why does one develop swelling after snake bite?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old female. I got cottonmouth bite on the back of the left and right ankle. Three people saw and confirmed that as cottonmouth. I do not believe much venom was released. It happened under shallow water. I got immediate pain as if repeatedly the ankle and feet got hit with a...  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I could understand your crisis. Usually in the absence of venom in the blood, the following are the possibilities: The snake bite site may get sepsis (infected with bacteria) and that spreads to the whole leg. Trauma to nearby objects during the act of escaping...  Read Full »

My left shin is suddenly numb to the touch. What is going on?

Query: Hello doctor, My left shin is numb to the touch and it has been like this for about a week and I do not really know what is going on.  Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In my opinion, the numbness in your shin could be due to mild swelling over there. These kinds of swelling can be caused due to excessive loading or due to prolonged stress imposed over the bone like playing some sport without warming up and cooling down or sudden in...  Read Full »

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