Last week we talked about the reasons your feet might be swollen. Everyone experiences swollen feet now and again (like Kim Kardashian), but if you are experiencing swollen feet on a regular basis, you should see your podiatrist for a thorough evaluation.
Persistent and consistent swelling indicates an underlying problem that needs to be addressed!
Ways to Reduce Swelling In Your Feet
Here are some things you can do at home to reduce the swelling in your feet!
- Elevate your leg: Your legs need to be placed one foot above heart level for about to fifteen minutes, three to four times a day
- Medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen
- Use leg wedges during sleep hours
- Proper footwear
- Support socks, such as elastic stockings
- Drinking plenty of water
- Reducing salt intake or limit yourself to two grams per day
- Avoid long periods of standing and sitting
- Losing excess weight
- Walking more often to improve muscle strength and circulation
- Do not abuse laxatives or drugs
- Diuretics (may not be effective if certain medical conditions are present)
It’s very important that you pay attention to your feet. Feet do not swell up on their own. Simple changes in your lifestyle and diet can improve your overall health and prevent other foot problems!
If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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