We all have faced swollen feet and ankles at some point in our lives. Foot swelling is not only uncomfortable, Swollen feet can slow you down by preventing free movement. For some, swollen feet may just be for the day or for a temporary period such as pregnancy. Foot and ankle swelling is a common problem for many people and usually not a serious condition in itself. However, some signs to see a doctor are if you also have leg ulcerations, blisters or sores. These can lead to infection and should be treated immediately. Also, if the foot swelling only occurs on one side of the body you could be at risk for deep vein thrombosis. Foot swelling is also frequently linked to foot and ankle injuries, surgery, travel, diet, heart and liver disease, Lymphedema and pregnancy.
The good news is that there are many ways you can ease foot swelling yourself at home. Try all or some of these ideas:
- Drink plenty of water, at least 8-10 glasses a day. Dehydration actually promotes foot swelling more.
- Elevate your feet when you sit or when you sleep
- Reduce or limit your salt intake
- Exercise more often and try not to sit or stand for too long periods
- Use compression socks to prevent fluid collection in your feet an ankles