Swollen feet


Buildup of fluid in the foot and ankle area.


Self-care measures include losing excess weight, elevating legs above the heart, exercise and compression stockings. Eating a low-salt diet also may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away if you have:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Fever.
  • Numbness, weakness or tingling.
  • Trouble speaking.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:

  • The swelling can't be explained and is ongoing.
  • The swelling is painful.
  • Your feet are warm, red or inflamed.
  • You have a history of heart, liver or kidney disease.