Health experts suggest that swollen feet (pedal oedema) may be a sign of kidney disease. So, on this World Kidney Day (9 March), let us go the extra mile to fight kidney disease.
Swelling in the feet, ankles and legs that leaves a dimple on the skin when pressure is applied can be the result of too much fluid in the tissues which may indicate a developing or existing kidney disorder.
Doctors at Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University (KGMU) have advised that people suffering from this type of problem should consult their doctors.
Is leg swelling serious?
Professor Vishwajit Singh, Head of the Department of Nephrology, said, “Around 30 per cent of kidney patients come late and then we have to rely on dialysis or opt for kidney transplant. Despite this, we can detect kidney disease with two simple tests. These tests are free in many government hospitals and available at minimal charges in medical institutions.”
Swollen Feet: Who’s at Risk?
Dr. Madhavi Gautam, Associate Professor of Nephrology, said, “Patients with high BP and diabetes often have kidney problems because high BP can constrict the blood vessels, which eventually damages them and dilutes the blood.”
The first symptom of kidney failure is water retention, which leads to swelling.