How to reduce foot swelling
Foot swelling is a very common problem for people. There are a number of reasons that can contribute to this frustrating and uncomfortable condition, for example pregnancy and increased sodium consumption are two of the most prevalent reasons for inflammation of the feet and hands. Fortunately there are many steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort and reduce the swelling. However, some experience chronic swelling, in which case an appointment with your doctor will help determine the best course of action. But if you encounter minor and occasional swelling then we’ve put together a list of some helpful hints you can try yourself before you go see a doctor.
- Ensuring your hydration is the most important step you can take. You should probably be drinking about 64 ounces of water each day. Staying hydrated helps keep any toxins that cause swelling flushed out of your system. The benefits of hydration don’t stop there either. Drinking enough water helps keep your skin clear, helps your digestive system, and keeps your mind alert. Unfortunately most people don’t drink enough water, however the benefits are so important to your overall health. On the other hand, it is extremely important to find a balance. If you drink too much water then you may be flushing out more than the toxins and actually ridding your body of important nutrients. Therefore it may be a good idea to talk to a doctor about the proper amount of water you should drink each day.
- Elevation also helps to relieve swelling. Depending on the severity of the swelling, you can either put your feet up on a stool while you’re at your desk at work, or if you’re home and trying to treat more serious swelling then keep your feet raised to a level higher than your heart.
- We are all familiar with the cheesy and exaggerated infomercials for the ‘As seen on TV’ products. However some of their products such as miracle socks are actually effective and valuable. These socks help to relieve water retention that causes pains and swelling by increasing circulation in your legs. You can also massage your legs and feet to help boost this circulation as well. Foot massagers, such as the HoMedics Shiatsu foot massager, combine the massage with heat to relieve muscle tension.