Why Are My Feet Swollen?

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It’s not unusual for one or both feet to become swollen. Most of the time, this swelling is merely inconvenient. It can be uncomfortable and perhaps make it harder than usual to stand or walk, but occasionally it can be serious. Common causes of foot swelling include:

  • Edema: This is the medical term for times when your body retains too much water, causing your feet, hands, or face to feel puffy and swollen. You might notice it after a long airplane flight or a night of salty food. Edema usually clears up on its own within 24 hours. If it doesn’t or if it happens for no reason, it can be a sign of more serious illness such as kidney or heart disease.
  • Injury: Tripping or falling can cause foot and ankle injuries and, like anywhere else in your body, swelling can occur as blood rushes to the area. If the swelling doesn’t respond to ice and elevation, if there is a lot of pain or bruising, or if you can’t stand or walk on the foot, call the podiatrist.
  • Pregnancy: Feet can swell during the later stages of pregnancy as weight increases. It can be uncomfortable but isn’t usually problematic. Report the swelling to your doctor at your checkup to be sure.
  • Obesity:A sedentary lifestyle contributes to a wide range of problems in the feet and ankles, including uncontrolled, long-term swelling.

For slight swelling of the feet, you can try some at-home remedies including RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), taking a walk, and drinking extra fluids.  Get medical help immediately if the swelling doesn’t resolve in a day or two, if only one foot swells, or if you experience unexplained foot swelling accompanied by warmth,redness, fever,shortness of breath, or chest pain.

If swollen feet have become an issue or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit to the podiatrist is called for. With decades of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to help you.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova today.  Click here or call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 to get started.