Effective remedies that can help reduce swollen legs
While edema usually resolves on its own, there are some home remedies that may reduce the swelling more quickly and increase your own comfort.
Painless swelling of the feet or ankles is common and can happen for a variety of reasons.
Causes of swollen feet can include: staying on your feet too long, ill-fitting shoes, pregnancy, lifestyle factors, certain medical conditions.
When fluid accumulates in tissues, it’s called edema. While edema usually resolves on its own, there are some home remedies that may reduce the swelling more quickly and increase your own comfort.
Massage Your Feet: A foot massage creates pressure on the affected area and helps improve blood circulation, relax muscles, and encourages excess fluid drainage which results in reduced swelling. Tip: Gently massage the area for 5-10 minutes in an upward direction, rather than downward.
Elevate Your Legs: When it comes to swollen feet, gravity is not your friend. Elevate your legs on a pillow to relax your feet. Try elevating your legs above the level of heart every chance you get. Even propping them slightly higher can make a big difference and reduce swelling.
Avoid Salty Foods: Excess salt is a big contributor to swollen feet, so reduce your salt intake.
Drink water: Though it might seem counterintuitive, getting enough fluids actually helps reduce swelling. When your body isn’t hydrated enough, it holds onto the fluid it does have. This contributes to swelling.
Exercise: Avoid sitting for long hours. Take short breaks and walk around a bit. Exercise can help improve blood circulation, lessen swelling and relieve pain.
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