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Your Mild Foot Swelling May Also be Known as:
Foot a little puffy
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Mild foot puffiness
Slight foot puffiness
Slight foot swelling

Top 10 Mild Foot Swelling Causes

  1. 1.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored foot bump, marble sized foot lump, small foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored foot bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

    Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the feet and/or toes. Warm, moist environments and community showering are common causes of this type of infection.

    Over-the-counter treatments are quite effective at treating athlete's foot. They can come in the form of sprays, ointments, or even oral antifungals. Consider replacing shower footwear and bleaching any bathroom floors.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot redness, foot/toe itch, spontaneous foot pain, foot skin changes, peeling between the toes
    Symptoms that always occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    foot redness
    Symptoms that never occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    toe injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Uncomplicated Spider Bite

    The vast majority of spider bites are not dangerous and do not require any special treatment or medication.

    You should wash the affected area with soap and water. To treat swelling and redness, elevate the affected area and apply ice for 5-10 minutes. You can also take a painkiller to help manage the pain from your spider bite.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spider bite, skin changes from a bug bite, red-colored skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with uncomplicated spider bite:
    spider bite
    Symptoms that never occur with uncomplicated spider bite:
    shortness of breath, episodes of face turning red, fever, severe pain around the spider bite, ulcerated spider bite, bite by a black widow spider, brown recluse spider bite
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    Ringworm can be treated with topical antifungal ointment such as Lamisil. Apply the ointment directly to the rash and the surrounding skin, and keep the area as dry as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Foot

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot redness, foot/toe itch, scabbed area of the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the foot:
    foot redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, painful foot lump, pink or red foot bump, marble sized foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red foot bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is often caused by trauma or surgery.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored foot bump, marble sized foot lump, small foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored foot bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  10. 10.Achilles Tendonitis

    The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Together, they help push the heel off the ground and let a person go up on their toes. Achilles tendinitis occurs when that tendon becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated. Common treatments for this condition are rest, alternating applying heat and ice to the tendon, and wearing heel pads to raise the heel and shorten the calf muscles to reduce strain on the tendon.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    achilles-area pain, stiff achilles tendon, swollen achilles
    Symptoms that always occur with achilles tendonitis:
    achilles-area pain
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Foot Swelling

  • Q.Is your foot swelling getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your foot pain?
  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Mild Foot Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild foot swelling have also experienced:

    • 16% Foot Bump
    • 16% Toenail Pain
    • 16% Insect Bite or Sting
  • People who have experienced mild foot swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Less Than a Day
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mild foot swelling were most often matched with:

    • 20% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
    • 20% Lipoma
    • 20% Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

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