Swollen Feet: Here’s what you should know
Swelling of the feet is the condition in which feet get puffy, tender or swollen. In some cases, the condition is painful.
Swelling of the feet is common in pregnant women as approximately 75% experience it during pregnancy.
- Obesity increases the risk of swollen feet
- Old or new foot injury and ankle injury can cause swelling
- Swelling of the feet can be caused due to side effects from medication
- High Alcohol intake can result in swollen feet
- People suffering from Heart, Kidney or Liver diseases experience it
Swelling of the feet is very common can be caused by various factors and is generally not a cause for concern as it goes away on its own. However, if accompanied by other symptoms or if it occurs often and does not get better in a few days, it can indicate an underlying health condition and would require medical attention.
Other Common causes of swollen feet
- Lifestyle factors
- Hot weather
- Venous insufficiency
- Blood clot
It can be easily noticed by the naked eye by seeing an increase in the thickness of feet, redness or pain in feet.
If the following symptoms are present along with swelling, then consult a doctor immediately.
- Warmth, redness, or inflammation
- Swelling and fever
- New swelling during pregnancy
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, pressure, or tightness of chest
Self Care: Swollen feet do not need any care in most cases. However, certain measures can accelerate the process of self-healing at home such as drinking enough water, wearing compression socks, elevating your feet, massage, soaking feet in cold water. Increase potassium and magnesium in the diet and reduce your weight to manage the condition.
Medications: You can take over-the-counter medication to relieve pain.
Specialists: Swollen feet along with other symptoms need to be examined by a doctor. Here at mfine, we can help identify the cause and help you get the right diagnosis and treatment.