What Causes Swollen Feet and Ankles?
If you were asked what makes you uncomfortable, what would you say? The truth is that foot problems can cause you a lot of discomfort, especially if you’re dealing with swollen feet and ankles.
What causes swollen feet and ankles?
Swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem. It is often not painful and lessens when you take appropriate measures to alleviate your symptoms. Some of the more common reasons Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot specialists in Dallas, TX see swollen feet include:
- Trauma – This would include sprains, strains, fractures and torn tendons.
- Arthritis – Joint inflammation can cause your feet and ankles to swell. Osteoarthritis and gout are two forms of arthritis that can bring on red, painful, swollen joints.
- Being overweight – The extra pressure from added weight can cause swelling.
- Sitting or standing – A long car or plane ride or standing all day at work can lead to swelling.
- Vein problems – When veins in your legs become damaged and cannot pump blood like they should, it can result in swelling in your legs and ankles. Swelling could also be a sign of a blood clot.
- An infection – A severe ingrown toenail or case of Athlete’s foot can cause swelling.
- Pregnancy – Numerous changes in a woman’s body can lead to swelling of feet and ankles.
What can you do alleviate swollen feet and ankles?
At home try to elevate your legs when possible. Follow a low salt diet and lose some weight if that is the cause of your swelling. Do some exercise that helps pump fluid from your legs to your heart and take breaks if you sit or stand at work. If your swelling is persistent or getting worse, make an appointment right away. We can diagnose the cause and begin treatment right away. Call our podiatric office in Dallas, TX (972) 566-7474 or Plano, TX (972) 943-3323 or send us a message via our online contact page.
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