Swelling. The delightful mechanism where your body decides it will store fluid in places you would prefer that it not. If you could see my feet, you would notice this occurring in my own extremities quite impressively.
Why would it do that?
Tons of reasons.
You can get swollen from underlying chronic conditions such as heart failure or liver and kidney disease.
You could be dehydrated.
You may not be moving enough.
You may be pregnant 🙋🏻♀️
It could be a medication.
You could be eating too much sodium.
It could be summertime.
You could have injured yourself
There are TONS of reasons why swelling happens, and it’s especially common in your feet and ankles because it takes the most effort to get that fluid pumped back up to the heart. Oh. And gravity. That’s working against you too. Bummer.
What can be done to help it go away?
Reversing the causes that we mentioned above!
Drinking lots of water (as long as you aren’t fluid restricted).
Getting up at a minimum every hour and moving around.
Going on walks.
Wearing compression socks.
Reducing Sodium Intake.
Having your baby.
Elevating your feet.
Icing Injuries when appropriate.
Is swelling dangerous?
Most of the time its just annoying. But it’s always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider about it. I usually ask all my patients if they’ve had any swelling anywhere, because it can tell us a lot about overall health.
Sudden swelling, or moderate/sever swelling that is new is a bit worrisome though. And I’d call your healthcare provider/seek care rather than waiting until your next appointment.
Anybody else swelling up in this August heat? Just me? Please don’t let it be just me 🙈
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