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Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Swelling—or edema—in the ankles, feet and/or lower legs is a complaint that we often hear about from our patients at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists. In many cases, the swelling is caused by common situations that are easily remedied: sitting in one position or standing for too long, eating salty food, being dehydrated.

Swollen feet and ankles are also a common condition if you are pregnant, elderly or after certain medical tests, treatments or procedures.

However, swelling can also be a sign of a more serious medical issue. If swollen feet and ankles are becoming a chronic problem, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Dr. Carl Conui, D.P.M., or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. Some possible causes of edema include:

  • Reaction to a medication

  • Kidney disease or damage

  • Liver disease

  • Allergic reaction

  • Congestive heart damage

  • Vein damage or weakness or blood clot

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Nutritional deficiency

  • Lymphatic system malfunction

  • Circulation problems

To determine the cause of chronic swelling, the foot doctor will do a complete examination of your feet and ankles and also take a medical history and ask questions about your lifestyle and recent activities. In some cases diagnostic tests, including x-rays, ultra sound, blood tests and urinalysis may also be utilized to find out why you are experiencing swelling.

Once the podiatrist determines what is causing the swelling, the appropriate treatment or a referral to treat the medical condition responsible for the swelling can be given. Some ways that you can help prevent commonplace swelling are:

  • Staying hydrated

  • Limiting the amount of salty food you eat

  • Not sitting for long periods of time (this includes in a plane or car, at work, etc.)

  • Avoiding tight elastic in socks and legging

  • Exercising

If you have questions or concerns about swelling in your feet and ankles, contact us for an appointment at either our Reading office.

Contact Us

New England Foot & Ankle Specialist

30 New Crossing Road

Suite 311

Reading, MA 01867 US

(781) 944-4044