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Various Reasons for Swollen Feet

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Many people have swollen feet and it is a rather common condition. It is easily noticed and can be uncomfortable. An injury is a common cause of this ailment which may disappear after the injury has healed. Additionally, there may be underlying health conditions that may cause the feet to swell and it can be a reason to seek prompt medical attention. Many pregnant women experience swollen feet, which is known as edema. Relief can come from frequently elevating the feet and from reducing salt intake. Various lifestyle factors may contribute to the development of swollen feet including sitting down for the majority of the day, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and being overweight. Edema may happen as a side effect of taking certain medications including antidepressants, hormones, or blood pressure medications. Many people have found effective methods that can help to control swollen feet. These can consist of drinking fresh water daily, staying active, losing an appropriate amount of weight, and consuming a healthy diet. If you suffer from swollen feet and would like to be properly diagnosed, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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