Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

How to Handle Swollen Feet and Ankles

Swelling in the extremities, such as the lower legs, ankles and feet, is called peripheral edema. This buildup of fluids becomes more common as you get older, partially because of gravity, but also from reduced circulation or a more sedentary lifestyle. It also may be the result of standing or walking for long periods of time, or being overweight. Further, certain medications, such as anti inflammatories, antidepressants, and steroids, may cause water retention. Sometimes, just by keeping your legs elevated when lying down, increasing exercise and other activity, losing weight and reducing salt intake, the swelling can be reduced. However, edema may also be a signal of other, more serious conditions, including blood clots, injury, or infection. If swelling in the feet and ankles continues or worsens, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose the problem and suggest treatment options.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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