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6 Reasons Why Your Feet May Be Swelling

By Sandy Schroeder

When your shoes are too tight, you may know why your feet are swelling. You have been on your feet all day, or wearing the wrong shoes, but there are other reasons for foot swelling that you should know about. Check this list from

Put the salt shaker down - Actually, avoid processed foods and eat less restaurant foods and foot swelling triggered by sodium should go down. The American Heart Association recommends 2,300 mg of sodium, or about a teaspoon a day. But salty fries, cold cuts, canned soups, breads and salad dressing supply a lot more. Stick to fresh whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains to reduce sodium.

Too much standing or sitting - When the muscles in your legs and ankles do not move much, the blood flow to the feet slows down, triggering swelling. The swelling should go down when you are moving around. Try to keep your legs moving during your work. Compression socks can help, too.

Fat raises issues - If you have gained weight, belly fat can compress circulation in the legs, causing swelling in the legs and feet. As you lose weight, you should notice less foot swelling.

Medications trigger swelling – Hormone replacement therapy or contraception and pre-menstrual syndrome can all create swelling.  Heart drugs, and diabetic medications, may cause problems, too. Drink more water and check with your doctor to make sure the swelling is normal. Chemotherapy, anti-seizure drugs, and medications for Parkinson’s disease may also cause foot swelling. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, can cause swelling with people who have heart or liver problems.

Pregnancy – In the second trimester, pressure and hormonal changes in the body can trigger swollen feet. If swelling comes on rapidly in the hands and feet, too, see your doctor immediately. This swelling can be a sign of life-endangering preeclampsia that can create rapid spikes in blood pressure endangering mother and child.

Be sure to maintain regular checkups with the obstetrician and avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Mild exercise, compression socks, and cold packs will help reduce swelling.

Sprains and fractures – Swelling may result from a sprained ankle or stress fracture. See your doctor for treatment, keep the foot elevated as it heals, and use cold packs to reduce swelling.

If foot or leg swelling continues, see your doctor to check for additional issues.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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