Swollen Feet, why?

Author: Garnet Orthopedic Solutions |

Swollen Feet, why?

It's a warm summer day and you're soaking up the sunshine in your yard. As the day takes place, you see your feet and ankles swelling. Maybe your shoes feel tighter when you put them on. Or possibly your feet are visibly puffy.

Should You Be Worried?

Actually, it's your body trying to stay cool, when your body heat rises, your blood vessels tighten to attempt to cool the body off. Add in gravity, and your lower extremities are forced to take on the access fluid. This fluid pools around your ankle joints and feet mostly, but can cause swelling into the lower leg or higher. This type of swelling is called edema.

Some individuals have clinical conditions that create edema year-round, yet everybody is more susceptible to it in the summer heat, even if you do not have related conditions. As anyone that has withstood the third trimester of pregnancy during the summertime likely knows, pregnancy additionally triggers puffy feet. The exact same principles are applied, they're simply amplified while pregnant, this a concern for a lot of women’s comfort during this time.

Other conditions that contribute to lower leg edema are medications. Specifically medication for hypertension-- or a chronic disease such as heart, liver disease or kidney conditions. It may likewise originate from a problem with your capillaries, consisting of persistent reduction of venous blood returning to the heart.

Age can make issues even worse. In part as a result of a reduced venous return due to deterioration of valves in the veins, but also, as a result of clinical conditions such as hypertension, which enhances with age. Taking medications for such conditions can contribute to the edema.

If your swollen feet and ankle joints occur occasionally throughout the summertime, and you're a reasonably healthy person, it's most likely not a red flag.

A frequent issue that occurs in the summer is dehydration. Inflamed feet do not indicate you have excessive liquid, it just suggests that it remains in the wrong place. You want to stay hydrated in the heat, even if swelling has occurred. Some easy remedies to assist in reducing lower leg edema include:

Stay active

Working out on a regular basis and remaining active throughout the day assists our bodies as well as our lower extremities, with the natural pumping of capillaries. Don't remain in one setting for a lengthy period of time. Rather, opt for a walk or swim to promote circulation and release the fluid accumulation. Staying active can assist in maintaining a healthy and balanced weight, which reduces the danger of swollen feet and ankles.

Raise your feet

If you notice swelling, you can help relieve it by raising your feet over your heart. Lie on your back with your feet elevated for a brief period of time, around 20 to 30 minutes.

Temperature control:

Avoid sedentary activities that elevate your body temperature, such as warm baths and saunas. Stay in cool areas when possible.

Wear compression socks:

Although it can be difficult to wear compression stockings in the summer, certain professions that force you to sit or remain standing in one spot for a long period of time can cause pooling of edema in the lower leg. If it is not possible to wear them while active, consider wearing them once you’re home or back in a cool setting.

If an assessment is needed, or you are interested in a professional opinion, please contact us at Garent Orthopedic Solutions for a complete evaluation!