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Leg Swelling

Q: I have a problem with my legs swelling. I won't even put on a pair of shorts anymore they swell so much. I don't know what to do about them. Could you please help me?

Dr. Donnica:
We get a lot of questions from women about swelling in their legs, abdomen, hands, and feet.† It is impossible for me to say what is causing the swelling without a complete history and physical.† However, true swelling of any body part is abnormal and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.†

True swelling should be differentiated from "bloating," that sense of abdominal fullness many women get if they are gassy or around the time of their menses, or weight gain in that area.† One way to tell in the legs or feet is to use your thumb to put gentle pressure there for a few seconds and then release it.† If you can see your thumbprint in your skin for more than a second, you have true swelling.†

There are many causes of swelling including injury, fluid retention, elevated blood pressure, circulation problems, heart problems, kidney problems, and even poorly fitted shoes.† Until you see your doctor, things you can try to reduce the swelling is to elevate your legs whenever seated, avoid crossing your legs when seated, wear comfortable shoes, wear support hose or "Teds" stockings, and start a low-salt diet.

Created: 3/7/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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