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Causes of Swollen Feet

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Swollen feet may not seem serious, but experts agree that they should not be ignored because they may indicate underlying conditions that can become problematic. Many external factors can cause swollen feet, including walking or standing for long periods and humid weather. However, if you notice that your feet swell frequently, it may be time for a closer look. One of the main causes of swollen feet is injury. Trauma to the feet, such as sprains, strains, and fractures, may induce swelling. This is because the body responds to the trauma by sending increased blood flow to the area. People who sit for long periods may end up with swollen feet because of a reduced blood flow to the feet. Among the other causes of swollen feet are pregnancy, hormone fluctuations, and side effects from certain medications. When the lymphatic system is compromised, swelling in the feet is a common symptom. Osteoarthritis and circulatory problems can also contribute to swollen feet, as do blood clots and bacterial infections. If chronic swelling of the feet is a problem, it is a wise choice to visit a podiatrist for a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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