Swelling in the feet can be caused by numerous health conditions. The main two reasons are pregnancy and side effects of medication.
Swollen Feet Due To Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling ( or "edema") in the ankles and feet.
The swelling tends to get worse as a woman's due date nears, particularly near the end of the day and during hotter weather.
It's normal to get some swelling in pregnancy, particularly in your legs, ankles, feet and fingers. Swelling that comes on gradually isn't usually harmful to you or your baby, but it can be uncomfortable and swollen feet can make your shoes hot and uncomfortable.
However, it should be noted that a sudden increase in swelling can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after the birth. In this instance it is recommended you contact your midwife or doctor immediately.
Swelling usually recede the week after childbirth as the kidneys begin to process and eliminate excess fluids. That said, many women still experience swelling of the feet several weeks after the arrival of their baby.
So when looking for footwear during pregnancy we recommend shoes with a low heel (no more than 1inch) to help spread the additional weight over the weight-bearing part of the foot, as well as Velcro close straps, laces ups or shoes with removable insoles, so as your pregnancy progresses you can adjust the fitting if your feet swell.
Check out our other article on shoes for pregnant women which considers other factors you should bear in mind when purchasing footwear during this important time.
Swollen Feet Due to Medication Side Effects
Some medication prescribed for long term, chronic health conditions can lead to swelling of the feet. These can include anti-depressants, hormonal treatments, blood pressure and diabetes mediation.
If the medication you are taking is for a long term condition then it is important that you purchase footwear that does not irritate or cause friction to swollen feet. The skin can be more delicate and easier to bruise and redden.
Always choose shoes with soft leather uppers. They will accommodate and shape to your foot more easily than harder leathers or man made materials. They will also allow your foot to breathe.
If the swelling in your feet varies throughout the day then it is important to get a shoe that can accommodate the changing dimensions of your foot. Shoes which feel okay in the morning can feel tight and uncomfortable in the afternoon, especially on hotter, summer days.
Easy close Velcro straps are a great option here as they are easy and convenient to adjust. Some styles have more than one strap which allows even greater customisations in fit.
If your swelling is severe then we still have a great range for you to choose from. Go for the wider widths 4E, 6E or 8E (for very severe swelling). These styles have extra depth as well as width so you won't rub the top of your feet when walking.
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