Swollen feet can come and go, sometimes leaving you wondering, “Why are my feet swollen?”
Well, you might be relieved to know that there are many common causes of swollen feet.
At Galleria Podiatry, we can partner with you and your GP to get to the root of the problem and help to treat more serious issues such as sores or blisters that have turned into, or can lead to, infection.
Our feet naturally get larger as the day progresses, but swollen feet can often be an indication of problems somewhere else in the body. People who are on their feet for a long period of time each day may naturally experience swollen feet at the end of the day. Also, injury would be a natural cause for swelling as well. However, if your swollen feet are not caused by either of these things, it could be an indication that something more serious is going on elsewhere in their body.
Symptoms of Swollen Feet
Some people describe their swollen feet as looking like “balloons”.
Swollen feet may tend to also appear with the following symptoms:
Stretched skin on the feet and around the ankles
Shiny skin or ‘puffiness’ around the feet and ankles.
Causes of Swollen Feet
Our feet can be important indicators that something else is going on in the body.
As mentioned, an injury or being on your feet all day would be normal reasons for your feet to swell.
However, if you experience swollen feet not caused by the above, here are some additional conditions that may be causing your feet to swell:
Kidney or liver disease
Side effects of some medicationsBefore jumping to any conclusions (or “Dr Google”) please see your GP for further investigations if you are concerned about any of these conditions.
What To Do About Swollen Feet
Some conditions may need to be addressed by a doctor right away. For less serious conditions, some simple changes at home and to your lifestyle may help to alleviate the symptoms and causes of swollen feet.
Here are some ways to help alleviate the swelling:
Elevation of the feet
Taking short walks
Epsom salt foot soak
Limit salt intake in diet
Magnesium supplementationAgain, you must see your GP before commencing any treatment for swollen feet.
At Galleria Podiatry, we can partner with your GP to help determine what the underlying cause of your swollen feet might be, and help determine the best course of action and treatment. We can also help to monitor and treat more serious conditions to prevent further complications.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email us