Why Do My Feet Swell?

If we had only one word to describe the main reason that feet tend to swell, we’d say, “gravity.” Pumping blood up the feet and legs and back to the heart is a constant, gravity-defying feat — even when you’re healthy. Muscle action, particularly in the calves, constricts the bl
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Edema: Swollen Feet and Legs

Photo of a doctor holding a patient's swollen foot and leg out while he examines it
Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention Sore, swollen feet and legs aren’t unusual after taking long hikes or after standing all day. But what is going on if your feet and legs are swollen even on the down days? The following conditions are some possible causes: Edema Edema, or pe
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