My Right Leg Is Swollen From The Knee Down, And Top Of My Foot Also, I Have A Bad Knee On That Side, Could It Be Why? I Have A Torn Meniscus And No Cartilage On That Side


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Matt Domm Profile
Matt Domm answered
The chances are if you have a torn meniscus then this could be the reason that your leg and foot are swelling up. The best care for swollen feet is to elevate your legs above your heart while lying down, gentle exercise will help pump fluid from your leg back to your heart, wear support stockings and avoid salty foods as they increase fluid retention and swelling. If your swelling does not improve, or if you have chest pain, shortness of breath, a fever, history of liver disease and if the foot becomes red and warm to touch you must contact your GP or the hospital immediately. However, it may have nothing to do with your torn meniscus. Foot, leg and ankle swelling are common for a variety of reasons such as being overweight, standing for a long period of time, long flights, long car journeys, pregnancy and injury to the ankle or foot. Particular swelling of the leg could indicate a blood clot, infection, varicose veins, insect bit or sting and blockage of the lymph nodes in the leg. There are also certain medications which may cause the legs to swell such as hormone tablets like oestrogen and testosterone, blood pressure medicines, steroids and antidepressants. If you are taking any of those it’s best to check the possible side effects. To prevent swollen legs it is wise to avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time. On long-haul flights, you must try and stretch your legs as often as possible, by either circling the feet or getting up and walking up and down the aircraft. If you are driving for a long distance try and stop to stretch every hour or so. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing around your thighs and of course exercise regularly.
Ellie Hoe Profile
Ellie Hoe answered
Swelling of legs and ankle can be due to peripheral edema which is characterized by accumulation of fluid in the legs and ankle. Many conditions and diseases can cause peripheral edema. Most common reasons are
  1. Heart, liver and kidney failure
  2. Prolonged standings
  3. Overweight
  4. Pregnancy
  5. Aging
  6. Long flights
  7. Use of birth control pills
  8. Side effects of some medicines
So, peripheral edema should be investigated by the doctor immediately.
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jonas guevarra answered
Actually, the reason behind leg swelling after prolonged standing is just a simple explanation of gravitational pull. During prolonged standing, fluids - that is in the form of blood, circulating all over the body accumulates in the lowest part of the body which is the lower extremities as a result of gravitational pull towards the center of the earth. Due to this instances, stasis (stagnation) of blood in the lower extremities occur. These condition lead to serious complications such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis.
thanked the writer.
Ray Reed
Ray Reed commented
Why don't you doctors read the question? Stand can cause swelling, but only in one leg?
ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
Meniscus distribute our body weight on the knee. There are two menisci and bot are made up of cartilage. A tear or damage to menisci cause uneven distribution of our body on knee leading to pain and inflammation of knee and also leg and ankle as weight is unevenly high on the ankle.So your problem is related with torn meniscus. Visit to a doctor for surgery or medication.
Jen Profile
Jen answered
Anytime you have a swollen extremity you should see your doctor right away you could have a blood clot or something serious. It could also be something less serious but I would definitely get it looked at especially if you are at high risk for clots in legs--job where you sit down all day, a lot of traveling, smoker, over age 35, etc.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I swell all over from my head to my feet what cause's that I have been in the hospital still no one's no's what is wrong with me
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
If you have diseases that causes edema (swelling). Some of them includes: Congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, liver and renal disorders. Some bacteria may cause swelling of your waist and legs, like in the case of Filariasis/Elephantiasis. Pregnancy & malnutrition also causes swelling of the lower limbs. Visit your doctor for professional diagnosis.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My legs swells all the time after standing at work on concrete for 10hour day, they never have before. How likely is it that I may have heart , kidney or liver disease? I run about 30miles a week without problems breathing,
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Anonymous answered
I am having pain shooting down my right arm from the elbow and I noticed my ankle hurting so I looked at my leg and my right leg is swollen from below my knee to my toes, I can walk ok but my right arm is sluggish to move. What is wrong with me? I never seen this before tonight

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