Every now and then our feet will become swollen. It’s likely that this is due to climate or a change in diet, however if the swelling is persistent or perhaps turns an unpleasant color, it may mean that there is another issue. Should this be the case, seeking the help of a podiatrist will be your top priority! Here are the most common causes for swollen feet and ankles:
Foot or Ankle Injury
When an injury occurs to the foot or ankle, such as a sprained ankle, swelling is likely to occur. Typically, a minor ankle sprain can be treated at home, unless swelling increases or bruising worsens. The RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) can be utilized to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
If you are experiencing severe swelling along with several other symptoms you may be experiencing heart failure. Seek medical treatment immediately if you think your swollen feet are a symptom of heart failure.
A common cause of swelling in the feet and ankles, especially in diabetics, is infection. Individuals with diabetes should check their lower extremities daily due to nerve damage that may prevent them from feeling any sensations of pain from sores or blisters.
Swollen feet during pregnancy is very common and fairly normal. However, an excessive amount of swelling within a short period of time could be a sign of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and an increased amount of protein in their urine after the 20th week of pregnancy. This type of swelling should be taken very seriously and monitored by a health professional to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
As an individual gains weight, fat stores become heavier and pull down to the ankles causing what are commonly referred to as “cankles.” The easiest way to alleviate this type of swelling is to lose the excess weight. Speak to your health professional to find the best course of action to ensure the healthiest possible weight loss route for you.