September 28, 2016 | 6 minute read
Published in Active Meaningful Years
We recently got back from a trip to Iceland and it was a blast, yet, my girlfriend kept mentioning how her feet would swell up every time she got on an airplane. So I set out to figure out what remedies there were for people who have chronic swollen feet.
Your feet and ankles swell when fluid in the blood escapes from capillaries and accumulates in the tissues surrounding your bones and ligaments. Causes range from benign to serious and include:
Swelling can also occur while taking particular medications, such as:
Although they may not be comfortable, the above conditions are very common and easy to get rid of. After doing some research, we found 4 reoccurring remedies that are easy to implement. Most of these remedies work by improving circulation and returning fluid to blood vessels. Here are four remedies to help your swollen feet:
If none of the above seem to work, you may want to seek medical attention as it could be a sign of heart problems, kidney failure, or side effects of prescription medications. Like with all medical issues, please consult your physician.
Swelling of the foot, leg, and ankle can’t always be prevented. However, there are some steps you can take to prevent it. Some good strategies include:
Exercising regularly helps to maintain good circulation. For adults ages 18 to 64, the World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week
Avoid sitting or standing for a long time. Make sure you get up or move around periodically
Regulate your salt intake. Adults over age 51 and those with certain health conditions should keep their salt intake below 1,500 mg per day
While swelling in your feet isn't usually a cause for concern, it can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. You should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible if:
As always, if you are feeling pain or discomfort, seek medical attention immediately.