What other symptoms might occur with leg swelling?

Leg swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, leg swelling due to congestive heart failure may occur with shortness of breath. Leg swelling due to an infection may be accompanied by fever, redness and warmth around the affected area.

Symptoms that may occur along with leg swelling

Leg swelling may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Joint stiffness
  • Mucus-producing cough (wet cough)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Painful or tender areas
  • Rash
  • Reduced range of motion or movement in a joint
  • Varicose veins

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, leg swelling may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911)if you, or someone you are with, have swelling along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Calf or extremity pain
  • Chest pain, which may be dull, heavy or sharp and piercing
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • High fever (high than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Increased or decreased urine output
  • Indigestion or abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Neck, jaw, shoulder or arm pain
  • Red and warm skin
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Unexplained weight gain (may be from excessive fluid buildup)

What is leg swelling?

Leg swelling is a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation of the tissues or joints of the leg. Swelling can occur anywhere along the leg, including the thighs, knees, calves, ankles and feet. Mild swelling is a common occurrence after standing for a long time, especially in warm weather.... Read more about leg swellingintroduction


What causes leg swelling?

Leg swelling can be caused by relatively minor conditions, such as standing for too long. Leg swelling can also be caused by a wide variety of diseases, disorders and conditions that include infections, inflammation, trauma, heart disease, and other abnormal processes.

In some cases, leg swelling is a ... Read more about leg swellingcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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