Swollen Legs After Spraining A Fall From The Stairs?

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Good afternoon. My mother is 51 years old, has a history of diabetes, yesterday she sprained her leg when she went down the stairs, now it is swollen. Is the swelling caused by a history of diabetes? And what medicine to get rid of the swelling? thank you

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Hi Carissa,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

A leg that is badly sprained will certainly experience swelling. This swelling occurs due to inflammation of the tissue which causes seepage of intestinal fluid (edema). Not only swelling, a sprained leg will generally experience pain, redness, a feeling of warmth, and limited movement.


Not only diabetics will experience swelling when sprained. This condition can happen to anyone, even healthy people.


What needs to be watched out for is the extent of the damage to the dislocated leg, resulting in swelling. Is the swelling only due to edema, or is there more serious tissue damage, for example ligament rupture, joint dislocation, fracture or fracture, bursitis, and so on. To ensure this, you need to get your mother checked directly to the doctor.


The doctor will perform inspection and palpation directly on the area of ​​the leg that was sprained. The results of this examination will then be confirmed by radiological examinations, for example X-rays, CT scans, and so on. If there is more severe tissue damage, the doctor may refer your mother to an orthopedic surgeon for further treatment.


The following steps you can do as initial aid to deal with swelling in the sprained leg:

Apply ice to the swollen leg
Do not massage swollen feet
Rest the swollen leg from over-activity, elevate the leg while sleeping so that the swelling is reduced
If the pain is very intense, give your mother paracetamol
Avoid applying or taking other drugs carelessly before checking your mother to the doctor

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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