Edema is a term to describe tissue swollen with fluid. Since the feet are at the bottom of the body, they are the most common place people experience edema. Normal tissue and blood fluids get into extracellular areas and cause swelling.  Swollen edemic feet can be helped by elastic socks, compression, and elevation.

Is swelling due to a buildup of extracellular fluid.  It can be caused by a change in tissue or blood pressure, like when you’ve been putting pressure on your feet all day.  It can be caused by a change in blood makeup, like when you swell after ingesting too much salt. It can be caused by a block of the lymphatic system, which usually clears lymphatic fluid from the region, like when you wear too tight clothing and the surrounding area is swollen, even when you take off the item.  It can also be caused by infection, when blood vessels are extra permeable to aid in healing. 

If you are experiencing edema, come in to see us and have it diagnosed and treated. 

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute