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Swollen Feet and Sitting

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

The feet are resilient, yet delicate, parts of the human body. Without properly caring for them, we may be making our feet susceptible to a number of potentially harmful or uncomfortable foot afflictions. Swelling of the feet is one such affliction of the foot. When the feet swell, an individual might feel discomfort as the feet increase in size due to possible accumulation of fluids. One often overlooked cause of swollen feet is sitting for long durations of time. If you are the kind of person that, due to your job or lifestyle restrictions, must spend extended periods of time sitting down, there are steps you might take to mitigate foot swelling. For example, you might try to take breaks to move about while you are sitting or to perform leg extensions or knee lifts while sitting to facilitate blood circulation. For more information about swollen feet and sitting, contact a podiatrist today.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM of Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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