posted: Aug. 10, 2021.
At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, swollen feet are a problem our Pasadena patients often complain about in the summer. Heat causes your blood vessels to dilate, allowing fluid to escape, accumulates in the surrounding tissues, making this a more common problem during the warmer months. If you suffer from swollen feet, ask yourself the following questions to find easy ways to reduce or alleviate this uncomfortable problem.
- When’s the last time you got your feet measured? Some studies estimate as many as 90% of people are walking around in too small shoes for their feet. If your shoes are even a little small, swollen feet will be painful. If it’s been a while, consider getting your feet measured to see if it’s time to buy a bigger size or a shoe with a wider width.
- Are you drinking enough water? It may seem like more water is the last thing you need if your feet swell, but the reverse is true. Drinking water will help your body get rid of excess fluid. When you are dehydrated, your body will try to retain water.
- What time of day are you doing your most walking? The later it gets in the day and the more walking you’ve done, the larger your feet become. If you tend to be plagued by swollen feet, consider exercising and running errands in the morning.
- Have you put your feet up today? A fast way to reduce swelling is to elevate your feet—preferably above the level of your heart. It helps because gravity will take the fluid away from your feet when you have them up. If your day permits, put your feet up for several minutes every few hours. If this isn’t possible, at least put them up at the end of the day to get relief.
- Do your feet frequently swell, regardless of the weather? If the answer to this question is yes, you’ll want to contact our Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 office for an appointment so that our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan can examine your feet. Consistent swelling in the lower extremities can point to more serious heart disease, liver, or kidney problems.