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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Swelling of the Top of the Foot

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced swelling of the top of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Familial Hypercholesterolemia

    Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder that causes LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels to be very high. The condition begins at birth and can cause heart attacks at an early age.

    Chronic but controllable

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen achilles, achilles tendon pain
    Symptoms that never occur with familial hypercholesterolemia:
    achilles tendon pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Gout

    Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. The big toe is often affected.

    With proper medical attention, relief is possible within the first 24 hours of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen toes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    An uncomplicated foot sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  4. 4.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    Great prognosis. Recovery in the next two weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  5. 5.Ankle Arthritis

    Arthritis of the ankle is a degenerative joint disorder occurring in the ankle. It presents with joint pain and stiffness that is typically worse with activity.

    Arthritis is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment. Newer, more effective treatment options have become available in recent years.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, swollen foot, joint stiffness, pain in one ankle, ankle stiffness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    RA is a chronic disease which requires lifelong control.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling of the Top of the Foot

  • Q.Where exactly is your foot swelling?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do you have a history of high cholesterol?
  • Q.Do you have high blood pressure?

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Swelling of the Top of the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swelling of the top of the foot have also experienced:

    • 18% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 4% Pain in One Foot
    • 3% Foot Pain
  • People who have experienced swelling of the top of the foot had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced swelling of the top of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 37% Familial Hypercholesterolemia
    • 37% Gout
    • 25% Foot Sprain
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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