Yeargain Foot & Ankle

The Impact of Heat on Your Feet: Understanding and Managing Swelling

As the temperatures rise here in Dallas, many people experience an uncomfortable side effect – swollen feet and ankles. This condition, known as heat edema, is a common occurrence during the hot summer months. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we want to help you understand why this happens and provide tips on how to manage the swelling for happier, healthier feet.

Why Do Feet Swell in the Heat?

There are a few key reasons why feet tend to swell in hot weather:

  1. Vasodilation: When it’s hot out, the blood vessels in your feet expand (dilate) to help release heat from the body. This process, called vasodilation, can cause fluids to leak into the surrounding tissues, leading to swelling in the feet and ankles.
  2. Gravity: Prolonged periods of standing or sitting, especially in the heat, allows gravity to pull fluids down into your lower extremities. This pooling of fluids contributes to puffiness and swelling.
  3. Water and Salt Retention: Heat can disrupt the careful balance of salt and water in the body. This imbalance may trigger your body to hold onto excess fluid, which often accumulates in the feet and ankles.

Tips for Reducing Foot Swelling

While swollen feet can put a damper on summer fun, there are several strategies you can use to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain proper fluid balance in your body. Good hydration helps combat fluid retention.
  • Elevate your feet: Put your feet up! Elevating your feet above the level of your heart several times a day encourages fluid to flow back up into the body, reducing swelling.
  • Keep moving: Regular exercise, like walking or simple ankle rotations, promotes circulation and prevents fluid from collecting in your lower limbs. Avoid sitting or standing in one position for too long.
  • Try compression socks: Wearing compression socks or stockings can help prevent fluid buildup by gently squeezing the legs and feet to encourage blood flow. Look for socks with 15-20 mmHg of pressure.
  • Cool off: Soak your feet in cool water or apply a cold compress to provide relief and temporarily constrict blood vessels. Stick to the shade when you can.
  • Watch the salt: Limiting your salt intake helps prevent your body from retaining excess water. Opt for low-sodium foods and season lightly.
  • Wear comfy shoes: Choose breathable, supportive shoes that give your feet room to swell slightly. Tight or constricting footwear can reduce circulation.
  • Massage your feet: A gentle foot massage can work wonders by stimulating blood flow and helping move trapped fluid.

While occasional swelling in the heat is normal, persistent or severe swelling accompanied by other symptoms warrants a visit to your podiatrist. If you’re concerned about your swollen feet, contact Yeargain Foot & Ankle to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help you step into summer with comfort and confidence!

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If you work in Downtown Dallas you know the challenge of working a full day and then finding time for a podiatry appointment. That’s why we have two clinics located in the downtown area. Schedule your appointment and customized treatment plan right where you work. We will get you in, get you relief, and get you back to active living.

Yeargain Foot & Ankle

3801 Gaston Ave #330
Dallas, TX 75246
(972) 853-4886

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Oak Cliff/Methodist Hospital
1411 N Beckley Ave. Suite 456
Dallas, TX 75203
Pavilion III at Methodist Hospital
(972) 845-4970

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