Why Are My Feet So Swollen?


A wide variety of illnesses and injuries can cause or contribute to swelling in the feet and ankles. But it can also happen by just sitting in one place for too long. Swollen feet can be painful and debilitating and make it hard to put on or take off your shoes, so see your podiatrist if you are suffering with swelling and foot pain

Some of the conditions and risk factors for swelling in your feet include the following:

  • Systemic disease—Diabetes can all cause swelling in the feet and ankles and other parts of the body. Peripheral artery disease can also cause fluid retention in the extremities.

  • Obesity—Being severely overweight increases the pressure on your feet and ankles contributing to swelling and pain.

  • Medication side effects—Certain medications including blood pressure meds, antidepressants, and hormone replacement therapy can cause peripheral swelling.

  • Poor blood circulation—Diseases that affect the blood vessels and arteries can decrease the efficiency of your circulatory system causing fluid retention in the feet and ankles.

  • Injury to the foot or ankle—Swelling of the feet and ankles can happen even after just a minor ankle sprain. If the swelling and pain don’t start to dissipate after a few hours, you should have it checked out by your podiatrist.

  • Complications with pregnancy—Swelling of the feet and ankles is a normal response to pregnancy, but see your foot doctor if the discomfort is bothering you.

If swelling in your feet and ankles doesn’t begin to lessen, or if the swelling is accompanied by fever and headache be sure to contact your foot doctor for an evaluation. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey, including Monroe Township. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe Township/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.