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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Understanding the Causes of Swollen Feet

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Swollen feet, a discomfort many people experience, can stem from various underlying factors. Among these, poor circulation often plays a significant role. When blood flow becomes restricted, fluids can accumulate in the feet, causing them to swell. Another common culprit is prolonged standing or sitting, as this can lead to fluid retention in the lower extremities. Additionally, injuries such as sprains or fractures may trigger swelling as the body responds to the trauma. Certain conditions, including heart disease, kidney issues, and pregnancy, can also contribute to swollen feet due to fluid imbalances or hormonal changes. Moreover, lifestyle factors like excessive salt intake or wearing ill-fitting shoes can exacerbate the problem. Recognizing these potential triggers is essential in managing and preventing swollen feet. Consulting with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment is suggested for addressing the root cause of swelling and alleviating discomfort effectively.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foothill Podiatry Clinic. 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 office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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