Swollen feet are a problem that can happen to everyone, but you should know that it isn’t a disease but a symptom of some other problem. The problem happens when there is fluid accumulation in the tissues that leads to swelling or also known as edema. Reasons for this are pregnancy, PMS, aging, nutritional deficiencies, standing or sitting for longer periods of time, lack of physical exercise, being overweight and poor blood circulation.
Another factor is if you had an injury of the ankle, leg or foot or undergone surgery. Those who are more prone to this are people who have heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes and liver disease. If the swelling increases it can lead to general discomfort and difficulty to walk or stand. Some other symptoms are inflammation, pain and redness in the feet. Luckily, there are effective tips and home remedies that can treat swollen feet. But you should visit a doctor if the swelling is painful and frequent. It may be a sign of kidney, heart or liver problem that needs instant treatment.
The deficiency in magnesium may lead to swelling in the feet. To fight it you should consume magnesium-rich foods like fish, soybeans, seeds, avocado, nuts, bananas, dark leafy greens and dark chocolate. If you want to take supplements talk to your doctor first. Those with heart or kidney disease should avoid magnesium supplements.
It is called like this as it includes cold and warm water. This therapy is very helpful and beneficial for swollen feet. The cold water reduces the swelling and the inflammation, while the warm water improves the circulation. Fill 2-foot tubs, one with cold water and one with warm water. Soak the feet in the warm water for three to four minutes and then transfer the feet into the cold water and stay for one minute. Switch the feet from one tube to another for about fifteen to twenty minutes. You can do this few times a day until you get improvement.
Regular exercising is crucial in preventing swelling in the feet. It prevents blood from pooling in the legs and stimulates circulation. The swimming is the best exercise to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling. You can also try walking or jogging for thirty minutes, for five times a week. You can also do some leg strengthening or stretching exercises. Do yoga daily to improve the circulation.
The foot massage is one of the most efficient remedies. This massage makes pressure on the affected area and improves circulation and relaxes the sore muscles. It can boost drainage of excess fluid and reduce swelling. Massage the feet with warm mustard oil or with olive oil. Massage gently for five minutes, at least but do not apply to much pressure. You can do this few times a day, but most productive way is during or after a bath.
Consuming lemon water is beneficial that can flush out the toxins and excess fluids from the body. It can reduce the swelling in the feet. It keeps the body hydrated and has anti-inflammatory properties. Mix two tbs. of lemon juice in a cup of warm water. If you can’t consume it like that, you can use a little honey to sweeten it. You can consume it few times a day.
This salt can relieve the pain and discomfort and reduce the swelling. It contains magnesium and can improve the circulation and reduce the swelling. It can help you relax the muscles and neutralize the foot odor. Add half a cup of the salt in a warm water tub and soak the feet for ten to fifteen minutes. You can do this three times a week.
These seeds are great Ayurvedic treatment when it comes to swollen feet. They have anti-inflammatory benefits that improve the circulation and reduce swelling. Put two to three tsp. of coriander seeds in a cup of water and boil until it becomes by half. Strain it and let it cool. Consume it two times a day.
It is natural diuretic and it can dilute sodium. Sodium is the main cause for swollen feet. It has anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the swelling. Massage the feet using ginger oil few times a day. You can also chew ginger slices (raw) and consume ginger tea from two to three cups.
*Apple cider vinegar*
It is rich in potassium which can reduce the fluid retention. Mix equal amounts of raw and unfiltered ACV and warm water Soak a towel in the mixture and wrap the swollen feet. Do this treatment few times a day for ten minutes at least. You can also add two tbs. of ACV in glass of water and a little of honey. Combine everything and consume two times a day.
It has diuretic properties that help the body to metabolize the excess fluids and reduce the swelling. A study showed that its diuretic effects treat water retention. It also helps to regulate the sodium levels in the body. Mix one tsp. of fresh or dried dandelion leaves in a cup of hot water ad cover for five minutes. Strain it and consume two to three times a day. Consult a doctor if you want to take dandelion supplements.
-Wear compression socks during plane, bus or car travels to prevent feet inflammation.
-Elevate the legs above the levels of the heart to reduce the swelling.
-Do not sit for longer periods of time, but take small breaks and walk a little.
-Limit the consumption of salt and caffeine as they can contribute to swollen feet.
-Drink a lot of water to keep the body hydrated.
-Consume fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned ones as they contain a lot of salt.