At the end of a long day, you may notice your feet are aching and tired. If you work at a job that requires long hours of standing, you may be especially prone to aching legs and feet. Furthermore, at times, you may notice swelling in your feet or ankles. Several medical conditions can cause your feet or ankles to swell up. If you notice swelling, be sure to check with your doctor to rule out or treat serious medical disorders.
13. Blood Clot
If you develop a blood clot in the veins of your legs, the decreased blood flow may result in swelling of the feet or ankles. These blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), put you at risk for a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot breaks free and travels to your lungs. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of DVT include leg pain, swelling, and redness. Symptoms of PE may include chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness.
12. Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood to the rest of the body efficiently. According to the American Heart Association, CHF can cause swelling in body tissues as the blood attempting to return to the overworked heart backs up. Warning signs of CHF include shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling in the ankles or other body parts, fatigue, and nausea. Confusion and a rapid heart rate may also indicate CHF.