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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Pregnant lady foot painIf you’ve landed here because you’re pregnant and want to know what to expect when it comes to your feet – or are already noticing changes and want to know why and if it’s normal, then you’ve come to the right place. Firstly, a massive congrats on behalf of the My FootDr team on your pregnancy – it’s a very exciting time!

As parents ourselves, we’ve experienced all of these ups and downs too – and can tell you that it’s a lot easier when you’re prepared for what may be ahead. Today, we’re talking about three ways that pregnancy can affect your feet and what you can do about them to keep you walking all the way to the delivery room.

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