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Swelling Related to Health Problems

It is normal to have some swelling after an injury. But if a large area of swelling occurs within 30 minutes of an injury, the swelling may be a sign of:

  • A more serious injury.
  • Serious bleeding.
  • Tissue damage.

Swelling (edema) in the feet and ankles is common after you have been sitting or standing for a length of time. It is also common during hot or humid weather. Sitting or lying down with your feet propped up often relieves this type of swelling.

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  • Mild generalized swelling of the feet and ankles is common in people who have varicose veins. For more information, see the topic Varicose Veins in Related Information.
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are common in people who have arthritis.
  • Sudden swelling of the big toe joint may be caused by gout.

Swelling is more serious when:

Treatment will depend on the cause of your swelling.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised October 1, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 01, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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