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Swollen knees, ankles and feet. What's wrong?

By Anonymous May 27, 2014 - 11:28am
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Hello Anonymous,

With so little information, it is impossible to give you a definitive cause.

Have you recently injured your knees and lower extremities?

Do you have any medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease?

Bursitis can cause knee swelling. Swelling or edema in the ankle and feet is commonly seen in individuals who are overweight and older. It is a symptom of a blood clot in the leg, a leg infection or the inability of the veins in the legs to properly pump blood back to the heart.

Anonymous, please contact your primary care physician to schedule an appointment to be examined.


May 27, 2014 - 4:11pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Maryann, Thanks for responding to my question. I am actually a man. This seemed like the best place to get straight answers. I have no cardiovascular issues, though I am a smoker. I am disabled and am not working currently. I am only 30 yrs. old but I have the spine of an 80 ye. old. And have moderate arthritis. I'm a single parent, so when something unusual happens I worry for my daughter. Thanks. I hope you are well.

May 28, 2014 - 4:20pm
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Hello Anonymous,

We answer questions from men, too:)

I can appreciate your concern, I am the mother of three. I can also understand that being disabled and currently unemployed would place a major financial strain on you.

Anonymous, is there a health clinic in your local hospital that offers care at little or no cost? If so, see if you can get an appointment. The swelling is not something to ignore.


May 29, 2014 - 4:53pm
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