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Lower Extremity Edema


Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is also known as peripheral edema, which refers to an accumulation of fluid in these parts of the body. The buildup of fluid usually isn’t painful, unless it’s due to injury. Swelling is often more apparent in the lower areas of the body because of gravity.

Leg swelling caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues is known as peripheral edema. It can be caused by a problem with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system or the kidneys. You may also experience swelling due to fluid buildup after sitting or standing for a long time. … Acute kidney failure.


Lower Extremity Edema Contributors

Factors that contribute to Lower Extremity Edema include:

  • Acute kidney failure.

  • Cardiomyopathy (disease of heart tissue)

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Heart failure

  • Hormone therapy

  • Lymphedema (blockage in the lymph system)

Lower Extremity Edema Treatment

Movement is one of many treatment options. Moving and using the muscles in the part of your body affected by edema may help pump the excess fluid back to your heart. Elevation, massaging, and compressions may also reduce the symptoms of Lower Extremity Edema. Please ask Dr. Burkett which treatment option is right for you.


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Warner Robins, GA 31093
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