5 Signs It’s Time to See a Doctor About Your Swollen Feet and Ankles

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Foot Pain | Comments Off on 5 Signs It’s Time to See a Doctor About Your Swollen Feet and Ankles

Foot and Ankle Swelling Advanced Podiatry Ohio Podiatrist

As we get older, our bodies start to remind us daily of our age even when we feel young. Our joints start to ache more and our vision becomes less sharp, and at some point our ankles and feet begin to swell and throb with pain.  The truth is that aging brings a lot of questions about our bodies that we typically wouldn’t have in our younger years. Let’s take a closer look at one of the physical responses that’s common among many adults and when it’s serious enough to seek medical attention: swelling of the feet and ankles.

The most common cause behind feet and ankle swelling in older adults is edema, which is the swelling of soft tissue from the result of excess fluid accumulation and retention. Even though swelling of the lower extremities is a common problem many will face as they age, it may be a sign of serious health problems including kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure or an injury to the swollen area.  Swelling of the feet and ankles is also a common sign of complications during pregnancy for many women.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Swelling of the feet and ankles often coincides with aging, but there are times when immediate medical attention is needed.

  • Some swelling is a normal part of pregnancy, but sudden and excessive swelling could be a sign of preeclampsia, and you should contact your doctor immediately.
  • When a foot or ankle injury is accompanied by swelling and severe pain that doesn’t improve when you elevate your foot, use ice packs or wrap it carefully with a compression bandage. If the swelling continues, call your doctor.
  • If you experience swelling after receiving radiation therapy as part of cancer treatment, call your doctor.
  • If you suffer an infection, or have a blister that breaks open on a swollen foot or ankle, call your doctor.
  • If you experience fatigue or loss of appetite in addition to swelling of your feet and ankles, seek immediate medical attention. This could be an indication of a serious medical condition.

Contact Advanced Podiatry if you’ve been experiencing chronic swelling of your feet and ankles or if you’ve experienced any of the issues listed above. Advanced Podiatry has five convenient throughout the state of Ohio staffed by a team of foot care professionals who are ready to offer solutions to your foot and ankle needs. Schedule an appointment today.