Swollen Feet in Parkinson's Disease

By Jacky Gamble

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, swollen feet is not a direct symptom of Parkinson's disease. However, swollen feet or ankles can be a side effect of certain anti Parkinson's medications.

Medications

Anti-Parkinson's medications that are known to possibly cause swelling include Parlodel (bromocriptine), Mirapex (pramipexole), Requip (ropinirole), Apokyn (apomorphine) and Symmetrel (amantadine).

Indirect Causes

Swollen feet may be an indirect symptom of Parkinson’s disease when circulation problems arise in patients whose movements are severely limited for a long period of time.

Treatment

Swollen feet may be treated at home by elevating the legs above heart level while lying down, exercising the legs, wearing support stockings, and consuming a low-sodium diet.

When to See a Doctor

Medical help should be sought if foot swelling is accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, a decrease in urine output, fever or the feet are warm to the touch.

Prevention

Swollen feet can be prevented by not sitting or standing still for long periods of time, not wearing restrictive clothing, exercising regularly and losing weight if necessary.

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