Do your ankle's/feet swell and your NOT pregnant?

  1. I am just wondering if I am the only one with this problem...

    My freaking FEET swell! All the time...I am fat, and my Dr. says that is why but I promise you, there are also ton's of fat people out there who do NOT have this problem!

    When my "time-of-the-month" comes, they get to be the size of grapefruits and it hurts! I never wear skirts or capri's because I feel so damn ugly, no matter what day of the month it is.

    I went to a specialist last year and lost nearly 30 lbs, and it didn't help.

    I was just wondering if there is anyone else out there with that problem...

  2. Do only your feet swell or your hands and other places as well?

    Generally, swelling comes from water retention. Instead of getting rid of water through urine, your kidneys send them back to your body..

    It could be of several reasons, but one thing you can easily look at is whether your diet is high in sodium, you eat a lot of salty foods.... Since it especially hurts during your periods, it could be a combination of things. I bloat and my feet/hands swell up during my period~ I just try to drink plenty of water and go to the bathroom often..

    Also, if you are sitting for long periods of time, your feet/ankle definitely swell up as well because of poor circulation.
    Hmmm oh, it's also common for feet to swell in the summer because we don't really sweat much through our feet.

    I know this isn't much of a help...

    If it's serious to the point that it hurts your ankles, joints, definitely talk to your doctor. It could an early symptom of Gout.

    There are many knowledgeable women here who can probably give you some good advice! :yes:
  3. Yes, mine did swell before I got pregnant...This usually happened on humid days in the summer or after walking long distances / all day in high heels.

    To get the swelling to go down, I would put my feet in a cold tub of water for about 15 minutes...After that the swelling went down a bit and I would be able to comfortably wear my shoes again.
  4. YES - I've been told it's because I'm retaining water...?
  5. I have the same problem. It gets worse when I tavel to different climates or altitudes.

    I am shall I say over my desired weight range as well..and have to tend to agree it does play a part...but not entirely.

    I struggled with my MD in the past because he would always say...cut down the salt, use support hose..yadda yadda yadda..

    I did all of that and still had the problem. He finally prescribed a diuretic (Lasix) that I use when needed. When I do take it...I pee like a champion race horse...and can literally see the excess fluid leave my lower extremeties.

    Ask your doctor about letting you try a low dose of diuretic..just be sure if you do, you watch your potassium level..because it will depleate your body of that as well.
  6. Mine always swell, but for me, it is because I have Lupus. My hands, feet, and knees can swell. It happens in extreme heat for me usually. I doubt you have anything that serious-- I don't want to worry you for no reason! Like the others said, it is probably water retention. If you try some methods to fix this and they fail, then I would look into more serious testing for the problem to ensure that it isn't the indication of something else.
  7. Are you sitting in one place for a long time when the swelling happens? Sitting for a long time will make your feet swell. My mom rode 10 hours on a Greyhound to her sister's house, and her feet nearly doubled in size!
  8. My feel do swell in the summer if I don't drink enough.

    One thing that helps are those reflexology foot massags. you know the wooden things that roll you your feet on? they do make a difference. You can keep one in the living room or under the desk if you work in an office.

    like this one:

  9. I hate to say that I am so glad to know that I am not alone...but I am so sorry to anyone else who experiences this.

    Yes, it is so bad when I travel for long periods at a time, and I sit at a desk and wear high heels all day, every day. I have gotten back into a routine of working out on an almost daily basis and I have all but cut out anything with salt in my diet. Pizza is the worst!

    I thank all of you for taking the time to respond...I appreciate all of your help and your kind words!
  10. Here lately I have this problem that when I am sitting in traffic my right let and ankle will begin to swell up and it feels like it's going to pop it's so full of fluid. It's totally disgusting. My toes look like pig toes by the time I get out of the car. I don't know what is causing this and it's sort of scary.
    Has this happened to anyone else? My doctors don't seem to give me any information on this problem.
  11. Only when I walk the whole day in flip-flops or when it is really humid outside and I am wearing sneakers with socks.
  12. Happens to me. It gets worse when I gain weight.
  13. Everything that you all are talking about is exactly what happens to me, and there are no doctor's that can give me an is more embarrassing then anything else...
  14. Mine swell also and gets worse towards the end of the day
  15. my friend's does because she has an autoimmune problem.