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Swollen feet and ankles

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:03pm 2 Comments

Your leg muscles function as a second heart to pump fluid from your legs to your heart. When your leg muscles relax, the veins near them fill up with blood. When your leg muscles contract, they compress the veins and squeeze blood up toward your heart.



When you stand still, your heart has to work very hard to pump blood against gravity from your feet to your heart. When your feet are above your heart, gravity works with you to help blood and fluid return to the heart. Eight hours of standing or sitting causes your feet to swell up to more than 110 percent of their size. This can make your shoes feel tight and your feet hurt.



The best way to prevent swelling is to elevate your feet. The next best way is to move your feet and toes frequently while you are sitting or standing. This can reduce swelling by more than 50 percent and will usually prevent the pain that it causes. If your feet still swell, check with your doctor. You may have a more serious cause, or you may need diuretics or compression stockings .

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my husband has very swollen feet and now his toes are turning purple.  went to dt twice he said liver and kidney funtions are normal come back in a month. I am not comfortable with this  he is taking and anti diuretic and elevating his feet and using compression and it is getting worse
I would look at a webssite they may help with footwear for shoes for swollen feet they provide over 30 styles of different fitting with soft padding to keep the swelling down.
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