• Why Are My Feet Swollen?

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Aug 26th, 2015

It can come as quite a shock to look down and see that one or both of your feet have swollen in size. If you’ve been standing for a long time, walking around a lot, or even sitting still on a long car or plane ride, swollen feet are a normal side effect, and there’s generally no cause for concern. But there are many other factors that cause your feet to swell – and some of them are serious enough to require medical attention.

Pregnancy

Along with many other body changes that occur during pregnancy, swelling of the ankles and feet is considered normal. But when the swelling is sudden or excessive, it could be a sign of preeclampsia – a serious condition that can happen in the later stages of pregnancy.

Age

Many older people experience peripheral edema – or swelling in the feet and ankles. Edema is a medical term for a build-up of fluid that causes swelling of the soft tissues under the skin. Seniors with swollen feet may experience the condition due to excess salt consumption, a side effect of a medication, or even as a symptom of a chronic condition like gout or high blood pressure.

Weight

Carrying even just a few extra pounds can cause excess pressure on the feet and ankles, making them more prone to swell when standing or walking.

Medications

Certain medications may also cause your ankles and feet to swell. These include: antidepressants, blood pressure medicines, hormones like estrogen or testosterone, and steroids.

Problems with veins/blood circulation

When there is a problem with the blood vessels in the feet, the body may not be able to remove fluid as effectively, and swelling can result.

Ankle Sprains / Strains

Injury to the foot or ankle can lead to swelling in the affected area, even if no noticeable pain is present. Likewise, re-injuring an old ankle sprain or strain can cause the foot or ankle to swell.

Systemic Disease

Kidney disease, liver diseases, heart failure, chronic lung disease and thyroid disease are all very serious system conditions that can be associated with swollen feet and ankles.

Simple Ways to Reduce Foot Swelling

Relieving the pressure and fluid buildup in your feet and ankles is easily accomplished with these easy tips:

Feet and ankles that stay swollen or are accompanied by other symptoms could signal a serious health problem. If you notice unexplained foot swelling or if your swollen feet are accompanied by fever, headache, body aches and pains or other unusual symptoms, you should seek medical attention.

For all of your foot health needs, contact your podiatrist for an appointment at our offices in Austin or Pflugerville.

Author Dr. LaMour

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