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Common Reasons Why Feet Can Swell

Swollen feet, or edema, can disrupt daily life. This condition often has a spectrum of common causes that individuals should be attuned to for timely intervention and relief. Prolonged periods of standing or sitting, especially in positions that impede healthy blood circulation, can lead to fluid retention, resulting in swollen feet. Another frequent contributor is the choice of footwear, with ill-fitting shoes or high heels imposing pressure that hinders proper blood flow. Injuries, such as sprains or fractures, can trigger inflammation and swelling in the affected area. Underlying medical conditions, including venous insufficiency, arthritis, or heart failure, may manifest in swollen feet. Hormonal changes during pregnancy often result in fluid retention, causing noticeable swelling in the feet and ankles. Lifestyle factors, like a diet high in sodium, can exacerbate fluid retention. Swollen feet can be uncomfortable, and if you have this condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately determine the cause, and offer appropriate treatment tips.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Arlington Fort Worth, And Flower Mound, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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Choosing the right running shoes tailored to different terrains is vital for optimal performance and injury prevention. For road running, prioritize lightweight shoes with ample cushioning to absorb impact on hard surfaces. Look for durable outsoles with good traction for stability and grip on pavement. Trail running demands shoes with rugged outsoles and aggressive tread patterns to navigate uneven terrain and provide traction on dirt, mud, and rocks. Opt for shoes with protective features, such as rock plates or toe guards to shield your feet from sharp objects. In wet or slippery conditions, consider waterproof or water-resistant shoes with quick-drying materials to keep your feet dry and comfortable. When running on tracks, lightweight and responsive shoes with minimal cushioning are ideal for speed and agility. Finally, for cross-country running, choose versatile shoes that offer a balance of cushioning, support, and traction to handle various surfaces. By selecting the appropriate footwear for each terrain, you can enhance your running experience and minimize the risk of injuries. If you are seeking additional information about what type of shoes to choose for your preferred running style, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington Fort Worth, And Flower Mound, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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