Swollen feet are common among older people. They can happen as a result of poor circulation, low protein levels, or leaky blood vessels. Approximately 70 percent of seniors are affected by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), and the affected veins rely on valves that keep the blood flowing backward. The valves may become less efficient as the aging process occurs, and the blood may remain in the veins longer than it should. Edema, or water retention, may happen as a result of this, and it can affect the feet and ankles. Heart failure may be another reason why the feet may become swollen. Prompt medical attention is often sought if this condition becomes chronic. There are certain medications that may worsen swollen feet. These can include beta blockers, hormonal medicines, and over-the-counter painkillers. If your feet are swollen, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment methods that are correct for you.
Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:
- Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
- Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
- Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
- Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
- Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.
Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet.
Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.