Do you have swollen feet or ankles after you’ve been sitting, standing or walking in a hot environment? You’re not alone. Medically known as heat oedema, this uncomfortable swelling generally occurs because the heat from your environment causes your blood vessels to naturally expand (dilate). As they do, fluid can leak into the surrounding tissues. Pair this with gravity encouraging the passage of larger volumes of fluid down into the legs, and you’ve got swollen feet, ankles and even legs.

As with anything, there are a number of extra risk factors that can make you more vulnerable to this swelling, so today, the podiatrists at My FootDr have shared what these are, what you can do to help prevent the swelling before it starts, and how to best manage the swelling if it’s already here.

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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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