In today’s program, Dr. Daniel Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about what it means when our feet and ankles swell up. If you notice swelling in your feet and ankles, you are suffering from what is medically called Edema which is caused by water retention in the body. While edema can happen anywhere on the body, it is most common in the lower legs, hands, abdomen, and chest. Swelling in the feet, is called pedal edema or peripheral edema and is due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the tissues. Swelling is often more apparent in the lower areas of the body because of gravity.

Should swollen feet be a cause of concern? Swollen ankles and swollen feet are fairly common and not usually a cause for concern, particularly if you've been standing or walking a lot. But feet and ankles that stay swollen or, are accompanied by other symptoms could signal a serious health problem. Long airplane flights or car rides, as well as standing for long periods of time, often lead to some swelling in the feet and ankles. While swelling in the foot, leg, and ankle usually doesn’t pose a significant health risk, it’s important to know when to be concerned about a more serious underlying health issue.

Sudden or excessive swelling, however, may be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious condition in which high blood pressure and protein in the urine develop after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, lymphedema causes blockages in the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes and blood vessels help carry fluid throughout the body. A blockage in the lymphatic system causes tissues to become swollen with fluid, resulting in swelling in the arms and legs. There's also a condition called... Venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when the veins are unable to pump blood adequately, causing blood to pool in the legs. Swelling of the ankles and feet is often an early symptom of venous insufficiency.

Listen to today’s program as Dr. Reminga talks about swelling of the feet and ankles. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problems, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.