Swollen feet and ankles is a fairly common condition and mainly occurs if you have been standing or walking for long periods. Many times the swelling will subside after being off the feet for a while. Yet some people experience consistent trouble with swollen feet and ankles, which is often a sign of more serious health conditions. Foot and ankle swelling is also referred to as peripheral edema, which means the build up of fluid in the foot and ankle. The fluid itself is not normally painful unless it is caused by an injury, but the swelling can be uncomfortable and hinder proper range of motion and prevent you from walking normally.
Treatments for Swollen Feet & Ankles:
- Physical Therapy
- Trigger Point Injections
- Nerve Blocks
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Chiropractic Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Pharmacological Intervention
Foot and ankle swelling as mentioned before is mainly due to overuse of the foot and ankle, along with the constant pressure applied from gravity. If the swelling is not to due prolonged use than injury may be the root cause. Foot and ankle injuries are normally accompanied by pain and are mainly the result of breaks, fractures, sprains and, dislocations.
Causes of Feet and Ankle Swelling:
- Extended periods of standing or walking
- Being overweight
- Being confined to the same position for extended periods of time
- Venous insufficiency (lack of blood flow to feet)
- Blood clots
- Liver or kidney diseases
- Specific testosterone or estrogen supplements
- Certain anti-depressants
- Blood pressure medications
- Certain steroid medications
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
It is important to know what exactly is causing the swelling in the foot and ankle. Pain Stop Clinics will diagnosis the condition with the latest technology and test to help you discover the true cause of your foot and ankle swelling. After the root cause has been identified Pain Stop Clinics will then recommend the best treatments for your specific condition and get you on your way.
Tips to Relieve Swollen Feet and Ankles:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise the legs regularly
- Reduce salt intake
- Avoid restrictive clothing around the ankles or feet
- Elevate the legs and feet if swollen
If you are suffering from swollen feet and ankles please visit us at a Pain Stop Clinic near you. We can help diagnose the source of your swollen ankles and feet while our dedicated team of medical doctors and pain management professionals help customize a treatment program specific to your condition.
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