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Edema is the correct term for swelling of the feet and ankles and is usually a cause of fluid buildup in the ankle tissues. This type of swelling is known more commonly in elder people and can be related to heart, renal and liver failure. Pain is our body’s way of telling us we are in trouble so we need to rely on other noticeable signs for good health.
Although we see edema more commonly in our elders, we also see it in pregnant woman and people who are inactive, overweight and/or obese. The American Heart Association says that persistent swollen ankles are most commonly related to heart complications which can also be a silent problem in some cases.
Let’s change gears and talk about diet for a moment. We already know that food is fuel but if we are putting in the wrong type of fuel into our body then we are damaging rather than helping.
Here are a few items that you may want to reduce or eliminate from your diet:
- Sodium ~ promotes swelling. If the edema is not severe we can attribute some of the swelling to sodium/salt
- Caffeine ~ can trick the body into thinking that it may be dehydrated. In turn the body may retain water
- Alcohol ~ this can interfere with kidney and liver function. Chronic alcohol intake can result in many diseases plus induce ankle swelling
Exercise and massage, on the other hand, can reduce swelling in ankles because it improves blood flow and restarts the lymphatic system (which rids the body of toxins). Massaging helps to drain the fluid from the swollen area and can be done regularly at home.
The best way to determine if you have edema is if your feet or ankles are swollen and you do not have any pain in those swollen areas. If this is the case contact us at 480-732-0033 to get treatment.
Many women experience changes during pregnancy, but one that is often overlooked is having an increased foot size. “It always surprises people to see that foot changes during pregnancy,” said Dr. Shannon Hardy, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas.
This happens as a result of rapid weight gain and the foot’s arches flattening out. The best way to maintain and cope with foot swelling is to be sure to get adequate exercise, wear appropriate footwear, and refrain from wearing heels and flip flops frequently.
If flip flops must be worn, Dr. Naomi Shields of Advanced Orthopaedic Associates in Wichita, Kansas, recommends they have a rigid sole and built-in arch.
If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.
What foot problems arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.
How to keep feet healthy during pregnancy?
· Orthotics can provide extra support for your feet and helps to evenly distribute weight
· Try not to walk barefoot whenever possible
· Wear shoes with good arch support and allow good circulation
· Elevate feet if you experience swelling
· Massage your feet
· Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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