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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: swollen feet   edema  

If your body retains water or has an abnormal buildup of fluids, gravity ensures that it will likely impact your feet and ankles. Painless swelling is actually a fairly common problem and can have a multitude of causes.  Some are harmless: standing for long periods of times, pregnancy, long car or plane rides, for example. In other instances, however, swelling can be an indication of a more serious problem and one that requires medical attention. These include: heart, renal or liver failure, reaction to certain medications, injury or a circulatory problem. The only way to find out for sure is to allow our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to examine your feet, ankles and legs. Our foot doctor can help determine if your edema is due to a condition that requires treatment.

Reducing Edema

For cases of foot and ankle swelling that are not caused by a serious medical issue, there are a number of ways you can help decrease edema:

  •  Since salt can cause you to retain water, reduce the amount of sodium in your diet
  • Drink more water (this may sound counter-intuitive but it actually helps flush extra fluid out of your body)
  • Don’t sit or stand for long periods without getting up, stretching and changing your position
  • Elevate your legs above heart level when lying down
  • Exercise regularly—this helps fluid work back into the veins and lymphatic channels
  • Avoid socks with tight elastics that restrict blood flow to the feet and lower legs

If you experience swelling in your ankles or feet on a consistent basis it’s worth getting it checked out. Contact our Pooler, GA office in Chatham County by calling: (912) 330-8885 and arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience. 










 

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