What is causing my feet to be swollen?

Swollen footMany things can cause swelling feet. Some culprits are harmless, while others are serious health concerns. Spending too much time sitting or standing can both cause fluid to pool in your lower limbs. Being overweight or obese increases your odds for swollen feet as well. Pregnancy is another common culprit. Normally this is simply because of the extra pressure on your feet and ankles, but occasionally it can be a sign of preeclampsia, which is a pregnancy complication. Swelling often follows a lower limb injury, too, like a sprain or a fracture.

There are more serious reasons feet sometimes swell. Weakened veins in your lower limbs leave you prone to it. An ineffective lymphatic system, which pumps away excess fluids in your tissues, may be an underlying problem as well. In rarer cases, it could be a dangerous issue with organs. Cirrhosis of the liver, kidney disease or damage, and congestive heart failure can all cause lower limb swelling—though they are generally accompanied by other symptoms. Let Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you identify the cause of your swollen feet. Call (303) 805-5156 or use our website to make an appointment at our Cherry Creek, Parker, or Castle Pines offices.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC