Kidney Disease and Foot Pain

Treatment Options for Swollen Feet in Milwaukee


Swollen Foot from Kidney Disease

Swollen feet and legs are an early symptom of kidney disease.

Kidneys are responsible for keeping the body healthy and functioning. They help remove excess fluid from the body, clear out waste, and the distribution of oxygen-rich red blood cells. A disease or disorder of the kidneys can quickly throw you off balance.

A frequent early symptom of a kidney disorder is swollen feet. Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin helps these patients get pain relief and treatment for their feet. Learn more about how kidney disease and foot pain:

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

  • Swollen feet, hands, or face
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Increased urination
  • Discolored urine
  • Nausea
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Itchy skin
  • Clouded thoughts

If you have these symptoms, you need to see your doctor for blood and urine tests. These tests are the most accurate way to confirm a kidney disease diagnosis. Without treatment, kidney disease will lead to renal failure and death. Dialysis and medications can help to remove waste and fluid buildup from the body. Other symptoms will require other types of management.

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Likelihood of Developing Kidney Disease


Person with Two Kidneys

Kidney disease can cause a lot of health problems throughout the body.

Everyone has two kidneys. If one begins to fail, the other will keep working and the symptoms may not be immediately obvious. Frequent exams are necessary for those with a higher risk. Those most at risk include individuals over 60, those with a family history of kidney problems, and those who are Hispanic, African-American, Native American, or Asian.

It’s important to note kidney diseases can occur at any age and within any race. In fact, almost one-third of all Americans will develop some type of kidney problem within their lifetime. Early diagnosis is the best way to reduce the more severe symptoms. Other common factors are:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Use of certain medications

Both kidney disease and diabetes cause foot pain and swelling. They share several other major symptoms. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis from your doctor to ensure you get the right treatment. Some patients with diabetes may develop diabetic kidney disease.

Hepatitis C can cause diabetes and kidney disorders, and hep C infections can cause foot pain among many other symptoms.

Other conditions which can lead to chronic kidney disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney infections

Swollen Foot Treatment Options for Patients with Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease has no known cure, only management of symptoms. Foot swelling is one of the most common symptoms of kidney disease. The excess fluid is pulled down towards the feet by gravity. Putting your feet up may temporarily relieve symptoms but you need professional treatment to prevent long-term damage.

Our podiatrists have many treatment options for patients with swollen feet from kidney disorders. We provide consultations and treatment at our five southeast Wisconsin foot and ankle clinics. Set up an appointment today or walk-in to get started on treating your kidney disease foot swelling.

Kidney Disease and Foot Cramps


Kidney Disease and Mobility

Foot cramps and other kidney disease symptoms can limit your mobility.

Kidneys are supposed to regulate the delivery of protein and oxygen-enriched fluids throughout the body. Muscle cramps occur when muscles do not receive the oxygen, electrolytes, and nutrients they need to function. Patients receiving dialysis treatment report more frequent cramps, especially in their feet and legs. Some cramps can be so debilitating they limit mobility.

Custom orthotics can provide extra support for your feet so you can keep moving through muscle cramps. Regular movement of the feet and legs can cut down on the frequency and severity of cramps. Ask our podiatrists about supportive orthotics you can wear anywhere.

Kidney Disorders and Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers are a severe symptom of kidney disorders. An ulcer is an open sore which exposes the foot to the risk of infection. The wound is often unable to heal on its own without medical intervention.

Surgery is sometimes the only treatment option for ulcers. Arrange a consultation with our Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin orthopedic surgeons to learn if you are an ideal candidate for ulcer surgery.

Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin has five locations to help all our patients get convenient treatment for their foot conditions.

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Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin for a consultation on treating foot swelling, cramps, and ulcers from kidney disease.