What Causes Swollen Feet and Ankles?

While swollen feet are a common problem we see here at My FootDr, it is also quite concerning for many patients – and frustrating when the only shoes you can fit are those ratty sandals you should have thrown out years ago.

Alongside the swelling, you’ll likely also be feeling discomfort or tenderness when walking or standing, and your skin may appear discoloured and tight. While foot and ankle swelling is most common in pregnant women and the elderly, it affects young adults too, and may even be a sign of an underlying problem that needs further investigation to rule out serious causes.

Let’s get into some of the reasons why your body is retaining too much water in your lower limbs and causing swelling, and what you can do to help.

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“The pain just started and now I’m changing the way I walk so I don’t step on it, and I think the muscles in my legs are getting sore because of it”

“It hurts so much to put any pressure on it. It’s been a week – I thought it would’ve got better by now, but it’s just as bad as when the pain started, maybe worse”

“I haven’t been able to walk to work or go to the gym all week – which makes me feel just as bad as the pain. It’s horrible”

 

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My Feet Feel Like They're on Fire

When your feet like they’re on fire, standing, walking and even getting out of bed can quickly become daunting tasks. Whether this burning sensation is constant or changes in intensity during the day, you don’t have to accept your current level of pain and discomfort as your long-term reality. 

Here at My FootDr, our podiatrists work with patients to help manage and reduce the occurrence or intensity of these burning sensations, alongside any other symptoms that may accompany them. Our goal is to help you maintain your quality of life, mobility, comfort and independence.

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How To Stop Your Shoes Rubbing Against The Back Of Your Heel

When your shoes rub against the back of your heels, they cause friction. While our skin can safely handle some friction without pain, like when we scratch an itch, when our shoes cause friction and pressure with every step, it’s only going to end one way: pain and injury.

The result can look like blisters or breaks in the skin, both of which are prone to infection or even the development of bony bumps called a Haglund’s deformity at the back of the heel over time. Depending on the height of your shoes around your ankle, ongoing rubbing may also irritate your Achilles tendon and contribute to bursitis, among other conditions.

To help, our podiatrists have put together a few of their top tips for stopping your shoes from rubbing against the back of your heel.

 

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Feet Turned Yellow?

When your feet unexpectedly change colour to appear more yellow, it’s no surprise that you may feel concerned. While some causes may be indicative of something more serious happening behind the scenes, other causes can be addressed with some simple changes or a visit to your podiatrist. 

Today, the My FootDr team have shared the top four reasons that you may have noticed your feet yellowing.

 

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Red Toes

Having our toes suddenly turn red can be alarming – especially when we can’t pinpoint a specific cause. Alongside the redness, you may also experience some pain, swelling, and wearing your regular work shoes or joggers may now feel uncomfortable. As the cause of the redness can range from problems with our skin and blood vessels to problems with our muscles and bones, our podiatry team has shared the top five causes of red toes that we see and treat here at My FootDr. 

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Pins and needles in feet

We all know and have experienced that uncomfortable prickling, tingling, numbing sensation that we call pins and needles countless times – but why do we get pins and needles? And what can we do to help make the feeling go away so we can get on with our day?

Today, the My FootDr team are sharing the causes, considerations and treatments for pins and needles in the feet, which we medically refer to as paraesthesia – and there may be a lot more to it than you think!

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Flat Feet

If you have flat feet, knowing which insoles are right for your feet can be difficult and confusing. There are so many types out there, which may leave you with a lot more questions than answers, like: 

  • How do I tell the difference between the different types of insoles – they all look the same?
  • Which are the best insoles for me and my feet?
  • How do I know if the insoles I have now are right for me?
  • Is my foot or leg pain because of my flat feet?
  • Am I going to get foot problems because of my flat feet – and would insoles help?

 

These are great and valid questions, and our podiatrists have set out to answer them all by explaining what having flat feet really mean for you – and where insoles fit into the picture.

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Top of foot pain

Every week, almost half of all Australians experience foot pain. As foot health experts here at My FootDr, this comes as no surprise – our feet support the entire weight of our bodies, and with hundreds of moving parts, the role of our feet is more complex than many of us realise. With our feet being a small but mighty collection of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and nerves – when something is overloaded, out of place or not functioning quite right, it can be an easy road to foot pain. 

As pain in the feet is always the result of an underlying issue or fault, understanding the cause of the problem is key in relieving your symptoms, treating any damage, and helping prevent it from returning in the future. Here are our top five reasons that you might be feeling pain at the top of your feet.

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