Signs & Symptoms of Lipoedema

Signs & Symptoms

  • Symmetrical abnormal fat deposition on legs, abdomen and less commonly arms. The enlargement of the legs is disproportionate in relation to the upper body.
  • Oedema (swelling) is non-pitting. The feet are usually spared, except when lymphoedema co-exists (lipolymphoedema).
  • Tenderness, especially of the shins, a tendency to bruise easily, and varicose veins are common.
  • Joint hypermobility, demonstrating laxity of ligaments, is often present.
  • As the limbs increase in size, joint strain may cause pain and dysfunction, commonly in the hips, knees, ankles and feet.
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Signs & Symptoms of Lipoedema