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# 10 Why Does the Top of My Foot Swell? 10 Most Common Questions Asked of a Foot Dr

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Running injuries -Why does the top of my foot swell the more I’m on it?

Foot Swell

Common Running Injuries

1)  Foot & Ankle Running Injuries that cause the foot swell.

a)  Stress Fractures: s problems such as this tends to make the foot swell worse during the day, the more you are on it.

b)  Tendonitis: One of the overuse injuries that tends to be worst in the morning.

c)  Bone tumors: disease can cause a change

2) Venous Insufficiency causing Foot Swell

3) Foot Swell from Medication Side-Effects

Some medications can cause fluid-retention as a side effect leading to swollen feet and ankles.  The most common medications causing this are:

a)  Anti-Inflammatories: e.g. steroids and NSAIDs
b)  Hormone Drugs: e.g. contraceptives
c)  Antidepressants: e.g. tricyclics such as amitriptyline
d)  Diabetes drugs: e.g. Avandia & Actos
e)  Blood-Pressure Medications: e.g. calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine and nifedipine

4) Foot Swell from Blood Clot/DVT

5) Pregnancy

6) Medical Conditions

a)  Heart Problems: Such as congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.

b)  Kidney Problems: One of the important functions of the kidneys is to remove excess fluid from the body.

c)  Liver Disease:

d)  Gout: With gout, high levels of uric acid cause crystals to form in joints such as the big toe.  This leads to inflammation of the joint leaving it swollen, red, hot and very painful.

e)  Arthritis:

7)  Cellulitis

8)  Prolonged Inactivity

9)  Lymphedema

Treatment to consider if the condition gets worse

Generally, doctors only consider surgery for severe cases that don’t improve after 1½ months of noninvasive treatments. Your healthcare professional might advise taking corticosteroid shots if you haven’t had any success with nonsurgical treatments for several weeks. Shots may reduce pain, but the improvement is often only short-term. Additionally, the shots themselves can be quite painful. Repeated shots can lead to permanent damage in the plantar fascia and heel pad.

Avoid These Inflammation-causing Foods

As much as you can, try to avoid or minimise these foods:

white bread and pastries are examples of refined carbs.

fried dishes such as french fries

soda and more sweetened drinks

Red meat (steaks and hamburgers) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)

Shortening, lard, and margarine

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