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i have problems with swollen feet when travelling. what can i do to prevent this?

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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Many things: Swelling of the feet is called pedal edema. It can be caused by several things including kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure. A blood clot in the legs can also cause this problem but it is usually also associated with pain and redness in the legs. These important medical conditions should be ruled out. If they are not present, then a low sodium diet can help.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Idle Traveling.: By traveling, I assume you are speaking of plane, bus or automobile type traveling. Having cleared that up, your problem is a lot more common than you would expect. Prolonged sitting with minimal leg muscle contraction can facilitate the swelling. The lowered heart and respiratory rates can add also contribute to a diminished and/or weaker return of blood up your legs. Hello swollen feet.

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