When to See a Doctor for Swollen Feet

Swollen feet can be caused by various things, ranging from simple overuse to more complex health issues. While occasional swelling might not be a cause for immediate concern, especially if swelling goes down with rest and elevation, there are other times when it is important to make an appointment with a foot doctor. If the swelling is persistent, has associated pain, or only affects one foot, it may show underlying problems such as infections, injuries, or vascular disorders that require professional evaluation and treatment. Additionally, if you have pre-existing health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or kidney problems, swollen feet could indicate complications related to these conditions. Experiencing additional symptoms such as redness, warmth, or changes in skin color around the swollen area also warrants a visit to a foot doctor. Foot doctors, also known as podiatrists, can diagnose the root cause of swollen feet and offer targeted treatment to alleviate the discomfort and any potential health risks. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist promptly if you are experiencing persistent swollen feet. 

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . 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 Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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