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The swelling is caused by too much fluid in the tissue, which is called "edema." Swollen feet, legs and ankles are a very common problem that usually doesn't require treatment. For example, gravity often pulls fluid down into the feet when you've been walking all day. This swelling usually goes away by the next day.

However, edema that doesn't go away should be investigated by your healthcare provider. Edema can be caused by:

•    Venous stasis (veins in the lower legs that don't work properly)
•    Being overweight
•    Aging
•    Blood clot in the leg
•    Heart problems (such as heart failure)
•    Injury or infection
•    Excessive salt intake
•    Pregnancy

If you have swollen feet, legs or ankles occasionally, here's what you can do to help the swelling go down:

•    Raise your legs above the level of your heart by lying in bed or on a sofa with several pillows propping up your feet
•    Exercise regularly, which keeps your veins working well
•    Reduce your salt consumption
•    Wear support stockings (made for men and women)

If you frequently experience swollen feet, legs or ankles – or if the swelling is on only one side – see your healthcare provider to rule out other health problems.

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