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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

Swollen Feet. Causes and Treatments

There are several reasons why a person's feet become swollen from a minor injury to a more serious health condition. Here are a few.


Edema refers to swelling that results from trapped fluid in the body tissue, usually affecting the feet and legs, however; it can also affect other parts of the body.


It may go away on its own and if not wearing support stockings may help with the swelling. Reduce salt in the diet, or an instant relief would be lying down and raising the legs above the chest.

Should the swelling persist it would be advisable to see your doctor or a Chiropodist.

Lifestyle factors

Some lifestyle factors that can also lead to swollen feet such as having a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or wearing ill-fitting shoes.


· drinking plenty of water

· soaking the feet in cool water

· staying active

· massaging the feet

· eating more potassium-rich foods, and being mindful of salt intake can help reduce water retention


The lymphatic system helps the body get rid of unwanted substances, such as bacteria and toxins. Lymphedema occurs when lymphatic fluid gathers in the tissues as a result of problems with the lymph vessels.


Treatment options for lymphedema include exercises and targeted massage, which can both help drain the excess fluid. Wearing bandages or compression garments may also be beneficial.

Parkway Back and Foot Clinic has both a Chiropodist and offers massage therapy for a variety of symptoms and would be happy to discuss why you have swollen feet and suggest the proper treatment. If you suffer from Planters Fasciitis it may cause swelling in the feet and custom orthotics may be a solution.


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