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Common Causes of Swollen Feet

We’ve all been there before when our feet get a little puffy and swollen. It will most likely occur after sitting through a long flight, during pregnancy, or being on your feet all day in the hot summer weather. It’s normal for our feet to get a little puffy after sitting or standing all day and usually isn’t all that concerning, but if your feet are swelling up to the point that they are unrecognizable or you’re also experiencing other symptoms, it could be a result of something much more serious. You also don’t want to allow the swelling to continue. No matter what the cause is, it should be treated as soon as possible. There are many potential causes behind swollen feet, anything from weather, to diet, to certain health conditions.

If you’re someone who experiences swollen feet on a regular basis or has before, take a moment to read about all the potential causes…

1. Edema

Edema is a common cause of swollen feet. This condition causes excess fluid to become trapped in the body’s tissue. “This causes swelling and puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin in your feet, ankles, and legs,” writes Healthline. However it can also occur in the hands and arms.

If edema is the cause behind your swollen feet, you’ll be experiencing a number of other symptoms. Healthline lists them as, “stretched or shiny skin, skin that retains a dimple after you press on it for several seconds, increased abdominal size,” and difficulty walking. The source notes that if it’s just a mild case of edema, it should go away on it’s own. If it doesn’t, try limiting your salt intake, laying down flat with your feet raised higher than your heart, wearing support stockings, taking diuretic medications, adjusting any current prescription medications, or practicing the “Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose.”

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