Swollen Feet - North Hampton & Somersworth, NH Podiatrist | Nagy Footcare

Swollen Feet

What are swollen feet?

Swollen feet, or peripheral edema, refers to excess fluid building up in the foot. The ankle and leg may experience swelling as well. This condition is most common in older adults.

What causes swollen feet?

A common cause of swollen feet is due to standing and walking a lot. Other causes may be related to pregnancy complications, foot or ankle injury, lymphedema (excess fluid trapped in tissues), venous insufficiency (inadequate blood flow to the heart), infection, blood clot, or heart, liver, or kidney disease. Also, some medications can cause feet to swell.

Common symptoms:

  • Swelling in the foot, ankle, or leg
  • Pain with pressure or bearing weight on the swollen foot
  • Restricted range of motion

How do we treat you?

We will perform a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms. We’ll evaluate your health history and if there may be an underlying medical condition causing the foot swelling.

Usually, swollen feet can be treated conservatively by:

  • Elevating your legs while sitting and laying down
  • Physical activity, stretching, and moving your legs
  • Avoid restrictive shoes and clothing
  • Wear compression socks
  • Stand up and move around once every hour

When to visit Nagy Footcare

If you have persistent swelling or experience unusual symptoms with swollen feet, it’s important to schedule a consultation with Nagy Footcare because you may have a serious underlying medical condition.