Edema/Swelling

There are many causes for swelling in the feet

The Discomfort of Swelling

Swelling of the feet, also known as peripheral edema, is caused by an accumulation of fluid in the feet. Occasional swelling is not usually serious very painful or serious, but if it is persistent it could signal a more serious health problem and the need to see a doctor. Edema can be uncomfortable and home remedies are often effective in lessening the swelling.

What is it?

The medical term for Edema is swelling. Edema in the feet is accumulation of body fluid in the feet and ankles..

What Causes it?

There are multiple causes for Edema, some are serious and others are not. Standing or sitting for long periods, being overweight, an airplane ride, pregnancy, and injury such as a sprained ankle are all possible causes for swelling in the feet. There are also certain medications which reduce blood circulation and increase the thickness of the blood can cause edema in the feet and other areas of the body. Review the side effects of your medications to see if they can cause edema.

Edema is also associated with many multiple medical conditions. Because of this it is a good idea to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing persistent or painful swelling, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms.

What Can I do?

Simple things such as daily activity which includes stretching and moving the legs can help to reduce edema. You can also try elevating your legs when lying down so they are raised above your heart. Wearing compression socks throughout the day or when flying on an airplane can be helpful in preventing swelling.

If the swelling is due to an injury, avoid walking on the foot. Using ice packs and compression bandages can also help, as can elevating the foot above the heart.

Home remedies can be effective, but if the symptoms persist you should see a doctor to determine the cause of the swelling and if medical treatment is needed. It is normal to experience edema during pregnancy but contact your doctor if the swelling you experience is sudden or excessive.

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