February is American Heart Month, and did you know that swelling in your feet and ankles could be a sign of heart disease? In fact, many symptoms of systemic diseases often show up in your feet first, so be sure to have regular visits with your foot doctor for the optimum health of both your feet and your heart.

Swelling in your feet and ankles can happen from sitting in one place for too long.

6 common causes of swelling in your feet and ankles may include the following:

  • Obesity—Excess weight and pressure on your feet and ankles from being severely overweight can cause your feet and ankles to swell.
  • System-wide diseases—Kidney, liver, heart, and lung disease may show swelling in the feet and ankles.
  • Medication side effects—Certain medications used to control blood pressure, antidepressants, steroids, and hormone replacement therapy have been known to cause swelling in the extremities.
  • Poor venous and arterial circulation—Narrowed arteries and blood vessels can cause fluid retention and swelling in the feet and ankles.
  • Injury to the foot or ankleFracturing or spraining your foot or ankle can cause severe swelling and pain
  • Complications from pregnancy or from menopauseIt’s normal to have some swelling in your feet and ankles during pregnancy but excessive swelling should be brought to the attention of your foot doctor.

If you are experiencing swelling in your feet and ankles, we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified foot doctor. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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