Whether it appears suddenly or has been present for a while, it could be the sign 馃洃 of something serious.

Unless an injury 馃彞 occurred, most swelling doesn鈥檛 hurt 馃槚馃槴馃槱.

Don鈥檛 let that fool 馃し馃徏鈥嶁檧锔忦煠佛煆尖嶁檧锔弝ou.

Some of the most common reasons for swelling of the ankles 馃懀 and feet 馃懀 are:

路 Veins not functioning properly

路 Arthritis

路 Heart disease鉂わ笍

路 High blood pressure馃└

路 Kidneys malfunctioning

路 An injury馃懆馃徏鈥嶐煢

Swelling in one extremity 馃Χ is often from an injury 馃懆馃徏鈥嶐煢給r unusual pressure on that part.

The sudden onset of swelling in one foot 馃Χ or ankle 馃懀 without an injury 馃馃徏鈥嶐煢絠s usually either Gout or a Stress Fracture.

These would both cause pain馃槪, unlike other forms of swelling.

When swelling is in both extremities, the cause is usually related to a circulation problem, the heart鉂わ笍, the kidneys, or medication馃拪.

Sometimes we can make a diagnosis based on fact-finding, an exam馃懆馃徑鈥嶁殨锔忦煣戰煆尖嶁殨锔, and x-ray.

If we think the cause is poorly functioning veins, we鈥檒l recommend seeing a circulation specialist.

In any case, getting to the root of the problem and finding a fast solution is critical to avoid serious complications.

Elevating your legs 馃Φ馃徏 and wearing over-the-counter compression socks 馃Е are the two best home remedies.

If that doesn鈥檛 help after a couple of weeks, having us 馃懆馃徑鈥嶁殨锔 take a look 馃憖 would be in your best interest.

Swelling in your lower馃Φ馃徏extremities is just too important to ignore.

To Healthy Feet馃懀,

Dr. Rosales馃懆馃徑鈥嶁殨锔