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Foot swelling Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Foot swelling. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had swelling of the foot?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. If acute must consider deep venous thrombosis, lymphangitis, trauma, cellulitis.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?
  3. Is it constant or intermittent?
  4. Have you ever had this type of foot swelling before?
  5. Is the foot swelling localized or generalized on the foot?
  6. History of trauma or injury to the foot?
  7. Are you pregnant?

    Why: foot swelling is not an uncommon symptom of later pregnancy that may be benign but may be a symptom of preeclampsia.

  8. Risk factors for varicose veins?

    Why: e.g. female sex, family history of varicose veins, overweight or obese, pregnancy, increasing age, occupations which require long periods of standing, low fibre diet.

  9. Risk factors for deep venous thrombosis?

    Why: e.g. prolonged bed rest, post - operation, congestive cardiac failure, varicose veins, cancer, oral contraceptive pill.

  10. Foot pain?

    Why: may suggest foot trauma, gout, cellulitis.

  11. Redness of the skin?

    Why: may suggest lymphangitis, cellulitis, thrombophlebitis, angioneurotic edema, insect bite, snake bite, gout.

  12. Swelling anywhere else on the body?

    Why: if swelling is generalized, this may suggest cirrhosis of the liver, constrictive pericarditis, congestive cardiac failure, nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, malnutrition or Beri-beri.

  13. Shortness of breath?

    Why: may suggest congestive cardiac failure, constrictive pericarditis.

  14. Distended leg veins?

    Why: may suggest varicose veins.

  15. Symptoms of varicose veins?

    Why: e.g. may be symptomless. Symptoms may include swelling of feet and lower legs (usually bilateral), leg fatigue, leg heaviness and aching discomfort in legs.

  16. Symptoms of deep venous thrombosis?

    Why: e.g. ache or tightness over calf, acute diffuse unilateral leg and foot swelling, increased warmth over the calf.

  17. Symptoms of congestive cardiac failure?

    Why: e.g. pitting ankle and foot swelling, shortness of breath on exertion and fatigue.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Foot swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Foot swelling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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