Foot And Ankle Swelling: Common Causes
Painless swelling of the feet and ankles, known as edema, is a common problem, especially among older people. It can affect both legs, including the calves and thighs, and is usually caused by an abnormal build-up of fluids in the tissues. Due to gravity, swelling is typically more noticeable in the lower legs.
Some common causes of foot and ankle swelling include:
- Injury or trauma to the foot or ankle.
- Medical treatments.
- Body fluid overload.
- Congestive heart failure.
- Blood pressure lowering drugs.
- Some anti-depressant medications.
- Generalized allergy.
- Long airplane or car rides.
You can elevate your legs above your heart while lying down to help reduce swelling. Exercising your legs also helps. You want to avoid sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time without moving and wearing restrictive clothes, especially on the upper legs. Also, avoid putting anything directly under your knees if you are lying down.
Elastic bandages or support stockings can help reduce ankle swelling and a low-salt diet may also help by reducing fluid retention.
Swelling in the feet and legs can be a sign of a more serious health problem, such as liver failure, renal failure, or heart failure.
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