Foot swelling is sometimes painless or a painless swelling in the feet or ankles. This is most common problem and very peculiar in the elderly populations. Noticeable abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet and leg which is referred to as peripheral edema. The other names given to foot swelling are swelling of ankles or ankle swelling, leg swelling and even edema peripheral.
The swelling could affect either both legs or just one leg. It could also include calves and even thighs. This could be as a result of the effect of gravity and any swelling can be noticed especially in the lower parts of the body. Some of the causes of a foot swelling are:
- Standing for a long period,
- Menstrual periods noticeable in some women
- Trauma or injury to the ankle or the foot.
- Long airplane flights or long rides in an automobile.
- In pregnancy, as a result of high blood pressure and swelling
Swelling of the legs can also be a sign of heart failure, kidney failure or a liver failure. Conditions as such cause much fluid in the body. Other conditions could be as a result of an infection in the leg or blood clot. It could also be as a result of an insect bite or sting, starvation. Some medications could also cause swellings in the foot.
How to care for a foot swelling at home;
1. Carry out exercise on your legs.
2. Raise your legs at a level above your heart.
3. Eat less salt diets thus decrease fluid retention and its swelling.
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