Best Shoes for Swollen Feet

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What are Swollen Feet?

Swollen feet are often medically referred to as edema. Edema is a common condition characterized by a buildup of fluid that can occur in different areas of your body, including your legs and feet. This excess fluid occurs as a result of an imbalance in the body.

With edema, fluids seep through the veins and settle in the various tissues in between. When this excess fluid becomes trapped, it causes the area to bloat and puff up, resulting in swelling.

In many cases, the fluid is pulled downwards because of gravity. This is why edema often affects the feet and other extremities, such as the ankles, hands, arms, and legs. In such cases, the condition is referred to as peripheral edema.

Swelling in your feet can happen for a variety of conditions. Most cases of swollen feet and ankles are acute or temporary conditions. Examples of such cases include swelling due to excess salt intake, sitting too long in one position, sprains, strains, or even pregnancy.

Some cases of swollen feet may also be due to chronic health problems. These include obesity, alcoholism, or damaged lymph nodes.

Regardless of the cause, there are many effective home remedies and lifestyle changes you can apply before trying any conservative treatment options. Sometimes, all that’s needed is to switch to extra-wide or velcro shoes for swollen feet.

More invasive measures like surgery are only necessary if there is a serious underlying medical condition. A water bottle massage can be a simple yet effective way to reduce discomfort and promote circulation. Check out the video below to learn how to perform this technique at home and find relief for your swollen feet.

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Most Common Causes & Risk Factors

There are many possible reasons why your feet may swell. These range from minor injuries and situational conditions to chronic medical conditions. Below, we take a look at some of the most common causes of swollen feet.

  • Edema
    Excess fluid can build up and get trapped in our body, often causing our extremities to expand and puff up. Edema can occur not only in the feet and ankles but also in the legs, arms, and hands.
  • Pregnancy
    Swollen feet and ankles are commonly experienced by women during pregnancy and tend to worsen as the due date nears. The combination of pressure from the growing womb and the extra fluid in the body causes swelling or edema.
  • Obesity or being overweight
    Too much body mass can adversely affect your blood circulation. When this happens, fluid can build up in your feet, ankles, and legs, thus causing swollen limbs.
    Obesity or being overweight
  • Sitting too long in one position
    A lack of movement can reduce healthy circulation in the body and increase the risk of fluid pooling at your feet and ankles. If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, take walking breaks to help relieve any swelling.
    Sitting too long in one position
  • Foot or ankle injuries
    Minor injuries, such as sprains, and major trauma to the foot or ankle, often lead to greater blood flow to the area, which causes swelling. Infected wounds may also cause the surrounding area to become inflamed or swollen.
    Foot or ankle injuries
  • Ill-fitting shoes
    Shoes that are too tight or too small reduce circulation and constrict the blood vessels in your feet. This pressure reduces the movement of fluids, which causes more fluid to leak into the body tissues and result in swollen or bloated feet.
    Ill-fitting shoes
  • Hot weather
    As temperatures rise, your veins expand to help cool off the body. This causes more fluid to seep into the tissue around it and cause swelling. The fluid often collects in the body’s extremities or outermost parts, such as feet and hands.
    Hot weather
  • Excessive salt or alcohol intake
    Consuming too much salt or alcohol can cause your body to retain water, resulting in swollen feet and ankles. Repeated foot swelling due to drinking alcohol, especially when not excessive, may be a sign of liver or kidney problems.
    Excessive salt or alcohol intake
  • Prescription medications
    Some medications, particularly those that cause increased water retention, can make your feet swell. These include antidepressants, diabetes medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and blood pressure medication.
    Prescription medications
  • Venous insufficiency
    Venous insufficiency occurs when your blood leaks through the blood vessels and is thus unable to flow properly through the body. A doctor can best assess and diagnose the presence of this condition.
    Venous insufficiency

Symptoms & Diagnosis

  • Shiny or stretched skin
  • Puffy skin
  • Dimples or dents remain after pressing the skin
  • General discomfort
  • Pain when standing or walking
  • Reduced mobility

These are the common symptoms of swollen feet and ankles. In general, these symptoms are not a cause for concern and go away with simple home care treatments.

However, there are also cases of swollen feet that require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of such cases include:

  • Unexplained painful swelling of the legs
  • Pain and swelling that does not go away or get better
  • Accompanying fever
  • Blisters or ulcerations in the leg
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains or tightness
  • Puffy areas feel warmer
  • Redness or inflammation

Upon noticing any of these symptoms, make sure to visit a doctor and receive urgent care. Learn more tips to help manage swollen feet at home in the Treatment section below.

Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about swollen feet. Read on to find out more!


Want to know how to cure your swollen feet? We review treatment tips and advice on how you can prevent future swelling, and recommend our top picks for relief!

Many of the conservative treatment options for swollen feet are easy to do. Despite the many different causes of swollen feet and ankles, the remedies to reduce swelling best manage the condition remain largely the same.

General Treatment for Swollen Feet:

To help treat edema of the foot and ankles, consider adopting a few key habits.

• Drink plenty of water
• Reduce your salt and alcohol intake
• Wear compression socks
• Exercise regularly
• Elevate your feet
• Wear shoes for swollen feet

For Pregnancy-Related Swollen Feet:

Aside from wearing maternity shoes for pregnant swollen feet, it also helps if pregnant mamas drink plenty of water and eat magnesium-rich foods to reduce foot and ankle bloating.

Foods rich in magnesium include dark chocolate, nuts, green leafy vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and fiber-rich grains.

Soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath can also be a great option to relieve discomfort and supplement your magnesium intake.

For Weather or Nutrition-Related Swelling:

If your feet are swelling due to the hot weather or excess salt or alcohol consumption, it helps to soak your feet in cool water. You may also try using a cold compress and doing simple leg exercises to get the blood flowing.

Most importantly, make sure to drink plenty of water, since heat, salt, and alcohol can dehydrate you.

Ultimately, the best shoes for pregnancy swollen feet, shoes for diabetic swollen feet, and other conditions such as plantar fasciitis are all the same. Look for footwear that features wide toe boxes, plenty of cushion, flexible uppers, and high-quality arch support.

Additionally, make sure the shoe does not push the toes together and constrict the flow of blood. KURU offers a wide variety of pain-relieving shoes for people with swollen feet.


  • How do I know which shoes to buy? Which is best for me?

    The best shoes to buy depends on each individual’s needs and preferences.

    The best shoes for swollen feet—men’s and women’s alike—feature spacious toe boxes and abundant padding or underfoot cushioning. Wide toe boxes help ensure the toes do not cramp up and reduce further constriction of the blood vessels.

    Additionally, a cushioned sole absorbs shock and helps the foot stay in place comfortably. Lightweight shoes have flexible uppers and breathable materials that may also help prevent swelling during hot weather.

  • Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?

    Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

    Many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and say they don’t need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

  • Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

    Even though KURU shoes were not initially intended to be orthopedic shoes, thousands of our customers say they experience relief from various foot conditions—especially plantar fasciitis! Our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by any medical standard, but the feedback from customers has been incredible!

Three Layers of Support

At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.

Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.

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  • How KURU brings relief


    The heel, ankle, and arch support from our patented KURUSOLE starts under the arch and extends to wrap around the heel. KURUSOLE cups and protects your heel and dynamically flexes with each step to help absorb impact, redirect stress, and encourage a healthy gait.

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Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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This is the shoe I wish I had been wearing my whole life. After just wearing this shoes around the house my feet already started to feel better. I stand on a forklift for 4 or more hours a day and when I get home my feet are tired, sore, swollen and tender to the touch. This inevitable led to hamstring, back and slowly neck problems. I am very flat footed so when I first put these shoes on and felt a solid arch support just in front of my heels I immediately felt relief. I also weight lift 5 days a week so having foot and back problems only leads to me hurting myself even more. These shoes look great and are immensely better than any other shoe I’ve ever owned.”


If your feet hurt everyday, you need these shoes! I work in the Auto Industry and perform assembly and production duties. I am on my feet all day and typically work a 10 hour shift during which I walk 10-12 miles. I have developed bunions and at the end of my shift each day my feet are swollen and the balls of my feet are so painful. I have put off surgery, as I am afraid to mess with my feet for fear of a poor outcome. I think I have tried every shoe known to man in an effort to live a pain-free life. The first time I wore these shoes to work, I noticed a difference immediately. By the end of my workday, I was honestly able to walk to my car without that nagging pain. I am so pleased with these shoes that I invested in two more pairs! All I can say is that if your feet hurt everyday, you have to try these shoes!”


Cute and comfy. I have a swollen Achilles’ tendon. I have been wearing kuru flip flops around the house as my Achilles’ tendon heals. Winter needed a good shoe for work outside. This is perfect.”

Cindy J

Worth Every Penny. Received my black pair a couple weeks ago. Took some adjustment because I was so accustomed to wearing bad shoes. These shoes are great! Your weight is distributed over the footbed and off the points of pain. After several knee surgeries, I was suffering at my new job being on my feet all day. Suffering to the point my toes were numb from the pressure on my nerves. These shoes solved all that. When I first tried them on they did not fit because my feet were so swollen. After days of wearing them the swelling subsided and they fit perfect. My only disappointment is I wanted the brown but they did not have my size for quite some time. So, I ordered the black. Now, they have the brown so I have to save up to buy another pair. ;). These shoes are so well made that they are worth the high cost. I am confident they will last a few years. Thank you for crafting such a fine quality product.”

David G.

Happy feet. I got these about a half a size larger than my usual size due to the fact that I’m pregnant and I had surgery a while back on my Left foot which has resulted in permanent swelling in that foot. the shoes are a little rigid since I’ve only had them a week. You really have to work with the laces as soon as you get them. My feet have never been happier. from my swollen feet, plantar fascitis, hammer toes and of course throw in flat feet to boot…I NEEDED a shoe with support and comfort and this shoe is it for me. I’ll buy this brand next time I need to buy a shoe maybe for casual rather than a sneaker.”


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