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Lump on sulcata tortoises leg

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    Hey everyone, I'm new to this site and was wondering if I could get some health advice for my tortoise. When my family first got him about a year ago he had a lump along the joint of his front leg. The lump didn't seem to bother him so we didn't worry about it. This changed about a week ago when the lump started swelling up. I'm worried because now he has trouble walking until he's warmed up for the day (we live in Arizona) and he is favoring his remaining three legs. I'll post pictures and any insights you could give would be appreciated.
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    Yes, pictures will be most helpful!
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    1. What specific foods are you feeding your tortoise?

    2. What types of foods are you feeding more of?
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    He eats mainly grass from our yard but we also give him dandelion greens, Romaine lettuce, and fruits (once a week and without seeds).
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    I just posted some on the thread.
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    A vet visit is most likely warranted.

    I also believe your dietary choices requires revising. It's too limited and lacks nutrition. Fruit should also not be offered. Overfeeding sugar, abundant in fruits, can cause abscesses. That is just one of many other possibilities I can currently think of. All of which would still require aid from an experienced exotics vet.
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