7 Reasons You Have Swollen Feet and Ankles

Swollen feet and ankles can cause worry and discomfort. But before you start thinking of the worst, realize that innocent acts like standing for long hours can cause your feet to swell.

Feet and ankles swell when the body retains excess fluid in the lower legs. This can happen due to a number of reasons. Below are the common causes of swollen feet and ankles.

Related: 10 Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet and Ankles

1. Standing for long hours

Youíre more prone to swollen feet and ankles if your job requires you to be on your feet all day. When donít move your legs, blood circulation in your legs slows down, and as a result, your feet retain excess fluid.

People who sit for long hours arenít safe either. Keeping your feet bent for long can interfere with blood circulation.

This kind of swelling can be avoided by moving your legs after every 20 or 30 minutes. Keeping your legs uncrossed can also help.

2.†Wearing tight shoes

Blisters arenít the only thing you should be worried about when you wear tight shoes. Tight shoes cause swelling in the feet and ankles.

Tight shoes and straps restrict blood flow which results to a buildup of fluids. Avoid tight shoes or shoes that donít conform to the shape of your leg.

3. High sodium intake

As you may know, high sodium intake increases water retention. And it can cause swelling in the entire body, not just the legs.

Donít consume more than 2300mg of sodium a day. You may also want to reduce intake of processed foods since most of them are loaded with sodium.

4. Gaining weight

When you gain weight it means your body has to work harder to support the extra weight. This extra pressure on the legs causes them to swell. In fact, this is the same reason pregnant women have swollen feet and ankles.

In this case, losing weight will help your legs go back to their normal size. Change your eating habits and start exercising regularly.

5. Congestive heart failure

This is a condition which affects the pumping power of the heart muscles. Swollen feet and ankles are one of the early symptoms of this condition.

Itís important to see a doctor if swollen feet are accompanied by these symptoms; fatigue, wheezing, coughing, weight gain, and urinating frequently, especially at night.

6. Foot or ankle injury

A fracture or joint injury can cause your foot to swell. When we are injured, the body pumps blood to the affected area to help it heal and this can make the leg or ankle seem bigger than it is.

Icing the injured area is an effective way to reduce swelling and inflammation.

7. Infections

Swelling of feet and ankles can be caused by fungal and bacterial infections. Swelling caused by infections is usually accompanied by rashes and red skin.

Make sure you see a doctor if you suspect your swelling is caused by an infection.

But in most cases, these home remedies can help reduce the swelling.

What other causes of swollen feet and ankles do you know?


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Izorie Irvin5 months ago

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