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Why does redness occur under the feet after sitting down for a long time?

Thank you for contacting IPFH. We do not diagnose conditions or recommend medical treatments on line. Redness alone is not necessarily an indicator of a problem; however, when it is accompanied by pain, swelling, or it appears without any apparent reason, it is best to have your feet checked by a medical professional. When you are seated for extended periods, often the circulation in your legs and feet is inhibited or slows down. Then when you stand up and the circulation returns to normal, the rush of blood into the feet may make them appear red. Reduced circulation in the legs and feet is one good reason why medical professionals advise people to try to get up and move around as much as possible and not to remain seated for long periods of time without a break. It's particularly important when traveling, especially by airplane. However, to be sure that there is not something else going on that may be causing the redness, we would recommend that you consult your primary care physician or a foot health specialist. He or she can help determine exactly what is going on, and advise you on what to do. We hope you will do this, and we wish you the best.

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