8 Dangerous Medical Conditions Linked To Swollen Feet

In most cases, our feet swell when we are overworked, or in the case of pregnancy. Yet, swollen feet can also be a result of several other conditions, which are quite serious, and these include:

Heart Failure

Heart failure can often cause subtle signs, like swellings in the feet. Namely, the accumulation of fluids in the feet, or edema, causes the swellings.


Gout is one of the most painful arthritis forms, and is a result of the accumulation of uric acid in the body. Its most common symptoms include heat, swelling, stiffness, redness, and pain in the feet, knees, elbows, and fingers.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

The Mayo Clinic reports that “Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs.”

This condition leads to pain and swelling in the legs and feet.

Achilles Tendonitis

This condition is quite common, and causes pain in the back of the leg and the heel. It also causes swellings in the ankles, knees, and feet.


The Mayo Clinic says that “Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs.” The most common signs are swelling, discomfort, pain, recurring infections, and a tight or heavy sensation in part or your entire limb.


Osteoarthritis, or “wear-and-tear” of the body, is the most common form of arthritis, which is often a result of aging, and occurs due to the breaking down of cartilage. It leads to pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness in the feet and ankles.

Foot Bursitis

This condition causes pain, stiffness, redness, and swellings in the feet as well. It affects the fluid sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles, mostly in the elbows, hips, and shoulders, as well as the heels, big toes, and knees.


According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “cellulitis is an infection of the skin and deep underlying tissues,” and if left untreated, it might cause severe health issues. It causes tenderness, redness, and swellings, most often in the lower parts of the legs.

Source: www.davidwolfe.com
Other sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic
American Heart Association
Ortho Info
Medline Plus
Web MD
Foot Smart
Mayo Clinic


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