ZocdocAnswersWhat could be an edema in one foot with pain relieved by pain?

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What could be an edema in one foot with pain relieved by pain?

female 17y. sometimes has pain in her chest

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Swelling in just one foot is something that should always be checked out by your regular primary care doctor. By far the most common cause of swelling in one foot would be a sprain or other injury to the foot. However, if you have no recollection of a recent injury, then it will be necessary to investigate other potential causes of the swelling. One potential cause would be a blood clot in one of the veins of the leg. Although this is not common in someone who is only 17 years old, it can happen, especially if you smoke, are overweight, or have recently gone on a long trip where you remained immobile for a long time. There are also certain genetic factors that can predispose to a blood clot in the leg, so a family history of blood clots would put you at higher risk. Your doctor will be able to examine your foot and leg and figure out whether it is necessary to rule out a blood clot, which is usually done with a simple ultrasound test. Call and make an appointment with your primary care doctor as soon as you can!

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