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Swelling in Both Feet
9/21 15:07:55

Dr. Katz, I'm 34 years old & I've had constant swelling in my left since I was around 13 years old and slight swelling during my period & hot weather in my right foot. Sometimes the swelling it goes up to my leg. When it's really bad during the hot weather I can press my finger into my skin & it makes a dent. I've been to numerous doctors & no one has been able to figure out the problem. I've been told by doctor's to do the following: wear support hose, eat less salt, elevate my feet, etc. Nothing has worked. The last treatment that I did on my own was the Vodder massage therapy, but that didn't work either. Now, it seems like it may be something with my veins because now I am experiencing slight pain below my ankle. However, I don't know what type of doctor to see or where to start. Hopefully, you can help me. I'd truly appreciate it. Demika Caldwell

Hi Demika,

Swelling can come from various medical conditions if it is present in both legs.  If you have ongoing leg swelling on one side, it is usually the result of abnormalities of the veins or lymphatic system(another channel that carries fluid).

There are several conditions known as venous stasis, venous reflux or lymphedema.  These may cause problems like the one that you describe.

See info below:

I would see a vascular surgeon.  You can also see a Podiatrist or your primary physician.  Typically, a venous doppler will be ordered with testing of the Saphenous veins and perforator veins for incompetence. Many vascular surgeons can do this in their office so that would be the best bet.

Hope that helps.


Marc Katz, DPM
Tampa, FL
Advanced Podiatry

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