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Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Swollen feet, a common and often uncomfortable condition, can stem from various factors. One primary cause is fluid retention, which occurs when excess fluid accumulates in the tissues, leading to swelling and puffiness. This fluid buildup can result from prolonged standing or sitting, particularly in hot weather, as well as hormonal changes during pregnancy or menstruation. Additionally, certain medical conditions, such as heart failure, kidney disease, or liver problems, can impair the body's ability to regulate fluid levels and contribute to swelling in the feet and ankles. Injuries such as sprains or fractures may also lead to swelling as the body responds to tissue damage and inflammation. Furthermore, lifestyle factors like obesity or poor circulation can exacerbate swelling in the lower extremities. Identifying the underlying cause of swollen feet is essential for proper management and treatment, which may include lifestyle modifications, medication, or medical intervention to address the root issue and alleviate discomfort. A podiatrist can determine the cause of swollen feet. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you confer with this foot doctor who can offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Crosstown Podiatry. 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 our offices located in Wayne, Montclair, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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