Swelling in the feet is often caused by a build-up of fluid which is known as oedema. It can be caused by several things such as standing or sitting in the same position for too long, eating food with high salt content, being overweight, pregnancy or taking certain medicines. Swollen feet can also be caused by a strain such as plantar fasciitis, a sprain or infection.
If the swelling doesn’t go away on its own, you should consult a doctor to determine the cause. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to try to help alleviate any pain such as wearing comfortable slippers or seam-free and wide-fitting comfortable shoes.
Make sure you seek advice from your doctor if the swelling is only in one ankle, foot or leg and there's no obvious cause, such as an injury.
There are also some simple ways to help with swollen feet and fluid retention such as lying down and using pillows to raise your feet when you can. You could also consider incorporating some gentle exercise into your daily routine, such as walking, to improve your blood flow.
Wearing high quality extra wide fit shoes for swollen feet with a low heel, comfortable sole and a wide toe box can help with any discomfort associated with swollen feet. It is also important to wash, dry and moisturise your feet to avoid infections. We also suggest that you avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time or wearing clothes or socks that are too tight.
Other symptoms to be aware of include severe swelling which is painful or starts suddenly, if the swollen area is red or feels hot to the touch, if your temperature is very high, or if you feel hot and shivery. If you encounter any of these issues you should seek medical advice.
We stock a wide range of shoes and products which are designed for swollen feet. This includes extra roomy footwear and products like the Revitive Medic circulation booster, which is proven to reduce swelling in your feet.
Wearing correctly fitting shoes if you have wide feet can help provide additional support. You could also consider buying extension straps to help accommodate extremely swollen feet and ankles. Our specially designed shoes for swollen feet and accessories can also be ideal for those with bandaged feet.