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Swollen Feet and Salt

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Swollen feet occur when your feet increase in size due to a concentration of fluids in the feet. It can also commonly impact the ankles. There are many different causes of swollen feet. For example, pregnancy, injuries, insect bites, and infections are just some of the many potential causes of swollen feet. However, one cause of swollen feet that is sometimes overlooked is high salt intake. A diet that is high in salt facilitates the retention of water in the body, which can ultimately cause swollen feet. To prevent this from occurring, an individual might consider adjusting their diet. Not only can one reduce their salt intake by not using salt shakers, but avoiding packaged/processed foods that are high in salt can also be helpful. Salt can be frequently found in these packaged foods as a kind of preservative. You might also consider reducing the number of processed meats that you consume, as some of these meats are high in salt as well. Salt substitutes such as potassium iodide might also be worth incorporating into your diet to limit salt intake. As with anything, it is always best to consult first with a medical professional. If you have swollen feet and believe that it might be linked to your salt intake, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.


 

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Middle Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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