27 July, 2017
Swollen Feet in Parkinson's Disease
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.
Anti-Parkinson's medications that are known to possibly cause swelling include Parlodel (bromocriptine), Mirapex (pramipexole), Requip (ropinirole), Apokyn (apomorphine) and Symmetrel (amantadine).
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.
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.
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.
- feet image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com