“Hi, I’m Dr. Wachtel, and today I’m very excited to talk about swelling issues within the foot. Swelling occurs in many of our patients, usually diabetics, because patients with diabetes typically develop circulatory problems. Other issues that are very common are swelling in general. Swelling in the legs is usually due to the veins which bring blood back to the heart. The veins have little muscles inside of them which push the fluid back to the heart and they get tired, causing the blood to stay put, resulting in swelling.
There are oral medications that can be prescribed, but the easiest way of preventing swelling in your legs is basically with compression stockings. We dispense these in the office, they’re stretchable and go directly over the foot and the leg. What they do is increase pressure, which is directed all of the way up to the knee, and that pushes the fluid and blood back to the heart.
If you have swelling issues and you want to do something very simple, this is a great way to start. If you need a pressure stocking please come in for a consult so we can provide you with that care. Our number is (978) 794-8406 and our offices are located in North Andover, Haverhill, and Lowell.”