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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