By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz

Last year, people were talking about a different part of Kim Kardashian’s body than they usually do—her feet. Due to her pregnancy, they became extremely swollen, but she still squeezed them into her designer heels. Swollen feet and ankles, although commonly associated with pregnant women, can be caused by various conditions. Most of the time, swelling should be no reason for concern, but if your feet stay swollen for long periods of time, you should call your podiatrist

Other than pregnancy, there are three main reasons why you may be experiencing swelling in the foot and ankle. First is an injury such as a sprained ankle. To reduce this kind of swelling, rest from using the affected foot, apply ice packs for short periods of time, and keep the foot elevated. You may want to see a podiatrist to have your ankle properly wrapped with a compression bandage for support.

Due to the absence of or problems with the lymph nodes, lymphatic fluid can begin to collect in the tissues because its movement has become blocked. This is another recognized reason for swelling of the feet, known as lymphedema. If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to infection and deformity, so if you have had a lymph node removed or expect lymph node complications to be the root of your swelling problem, see a doctor immediately.

Experiencing swollen feet is one of the earliest symptoms of venous insufficiency, a condition in which blood is unable to properly move up the veins from the legs and feet to the heart. When you have this condition, the valves that keep the blood flowing upward are damaged, causing blood to leak back down and be retained in the tissues of the feet and ankles. This can lead to skin changes, skin ulcers, and infection, so see a doctor immediately if you experience any signs of venous insufficiency.

Quality Foot Care located in Doylestown specializes in the treatment of all foot and ankle complications. If you would like to make an appointment for swollen feet or any other concern, call 215-230-9707 today.