The Cause Of Frequent Swelling Of The Feet In The Elderly?
Night doctor r nI want to ask, why is it that my grandmother’s foot doctor is sometimes swollen sometimes not, at first she got an infection in her shin, did her swollen feet have an effect on the infection or is there another disease? R n answer yes doctor:) r nThank you 🙂
Hello Ayu Lestary, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
To be able to find out the cause of swollen feet, you need to know a few things first:
whether the swollen feet are localized (swelling in certain areas only) or in the entire leg whether the swelling occurs in both feet or one leg are there other symptoms that accompany the swelling such as pain, redness, difficulty walking, etc. are there certain things that are triggers swelling, for example certain foods, standing too long, walking too long, etc. is there a history of certain diseases that have been suffered and certain drugs that are taken regularly
The following are some of the possible causes of swollen feet:
infection, can be infections in the skin, bones, or broken joints or fractures in the bones inflammation of the joints (for example due to gout arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) disorders of the heart (eg heart failure, heart valve disorders) disorders of the blood vessels in the legs (for example varicose veins, atherosclerosis in the leg veins) blockage of the lymph vessels in the legs (for example due to infection or tumor) tumors (malignant or benign) in the skin or bones side effects of drugs (such as high blood pressure drugs) and others
To be able to ascertain the cause of your grandmother's swollen feet, you should bring your grandmother to the doctor directly. The doctor can further ask the questions above, perform a physical examination directly, and certain supporting examinations if needed. Some of the tests that can be suggested include blood tests, blood uric acid levels, X-rays of the legs, Doppler ultrasound, CT scans if needed. The treatment will be adjusted according to the findings.
For now, some things you can help do include:
If the swelling is localized, you can apply a warm compress to the swollen area. Compress for 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day. If the swelling spreads over the entire leg, ask your grandmother not to stand too long, do not sit with her legs hanging, and raise her legs slightly higher when sitting or lying down. If there is pain in the legs, pain medications such as paracetamol can help relieve the pain for a while.
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