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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do my feet swell when i am sitting down?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Because your: Egs are in a dependent position and allow gravity to work. Try elevating legs wh en sitting if possible.
Dr. Chuc Dang
Podiatry 36 years experience
Swelling = edema: Foot swelling (= pedal edema) occurs when standing or sitting with the feet dangling (not propped up). In these positions, the feet are subject to gravity, which causes fluid retention. By propping up (elevating) your feet, you would remove the effect of gravity, thus allowing the swelling to improve. As for the causes of swelling, there are many, so finding the cause may help treat the swelling.

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What to so for feet that swell?

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Depends on cause: We need more information to determine the reason for the swelling and treatment would depend on the cause. If the swelling is related to being on your feet most of the day, putting your feet up at night might help. With an examination, your doctor can help guide treatment.
Last updated Sep 4, 2020


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