Did you know that swollen feet could be a sign of a more serious underlying medical problem, such as kidney, liver, or heart failure? At Local Foot Doc, with two offices in Brooklyn, New York, and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the team of doctors work hard to get to the root cause of your swollen feet and figure out the right treatment. The Local Foot Doc providers go beyond foot care and work on improving your overall health and wellness. Book your personal consultation online or call your nearest office today.
What causes swollen feet?
There are a number of factors that might cause swollen feet, such as:
- Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, legs, and feet (edema)
- Leg infection
- Blood clot in the leg
- Venous insufficiency
- Heart, liver, or kidney failure
- Certain medications, such as some antidepressants, hormonal therapies, steroids, and blood-pressure regulators
Leg and foot swelling and edema are often associated with diabetes and certain vascular conditions.
When should I visit a doctor about my swollen feet?
If you have swollen feet that are painful, persistent, or recurring, you should visit Local Foot Doc. You might also notice other symptoms, such as fatigue and redness of the skin on your feet. Your feet might also feel warm to the touch.
Since it can be difficult to figure out what’s causing your foot swelling without a proper medical evaluation and testing, you should be proactive and protect your general health by working with a trained podiatrist and foot specialist like Dr. Majdanski.
What are the treatments for swollen feet?
To determine what’s causing your swollen feet, Dr. Majdanski conducts an extensive evaluation and might request testing, such as X-rays. In-office digital X-rays are available for your convenience.
To treat your swollen feet, Dr. Majdanski suggests effective treatment methods, such as:
- Compression socks
- Elevating your legs
- Exercising and stretching if appropriate
- Weight loss if necessary
- Medications to reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation
- Lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet and stress management
Most medications for foot swelling are designed to help your body expel excess fluid in the form of urine (diuretics).
Dr. Madjanski and the doctors at Local Foot Doc don’t just treat your symptoms; they also treat the cause, such as an autoimmune condition resulting in widespread inflammation and foot swelling.
In some cases, Dr. Majdanski might recommend a surgical procedure to resolve the underlying cause of your foot swelling.
A little foot swelling might not be a concern and might subside on its own. If your swelling persists and you have concerns, you should visit Local Foot Doc for a personal consultation and evaluation.
To find out what’s causing your foot swelling and what’s the best treatment to relieve it, call your nearest office or use the online scheduling tool.