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What causes swelling and pain in the feet despite not wearing heels?

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Dr. Mahaveer Patil

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :2002

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Posted on Tue, 23 Oct 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: My feet are swollen up pass my ankles.
Foot doc has me cutting icy hot patches and taping the pads on for night time sleeping.with paper tape
For 3 years. Lately this has not taken away pain. My toes are swollen + Balls of feet. When I bend my toes they hurt. I have high arches. I don’t wear heels or wedge shoes.
Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil 35 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Fluid retention

Detailed Answer:


Long standing pain,swelling in ankles and feet occurs due to oedema-fluid retention inside the subcutaneous fat layer under the skin.

This may occur due to low protein intake (Hypoproteinemia). Raised uric acid levels in blood, electrolyte imbalance or accumulation of lymph.

Deep vein thrombosis also can cause these symptoms in early stages.

I would suggest you consult a physician and get complete blood profile including electrolytes, complete blood count, serum proteins and doppler study.

You should restrict salt intake in the diet. Keep the leg elevated over a pillow.

Depending on the reports, you may need to take diuretic drugs to remove the excess fluid in the body.

Do let me know once your blood reports are ready.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Mahaveer Patil , Orthopaedic Surgeon
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