Easy and Safe Homemade Cure for your Swollen Feet
Our body responds specifically depending on what type of damage it takes either inflicted by ourselves or by other external factors. This is why sometimes we can immediately respond to what body part is needed to be treated. But sometimes, other health problems we see can be because of other underlying health factors that can pile up, resulting in a localized yet general type of health issue. This includes swelling of our feet.
One of the most common “warning sign” that our body can easily show us is swelling of a particular body part. This medical phenomenon is known as “edema” and it can be caused by several different factors. In order to treat feet edema, we need to know what can cause it. Luckily, there are some home remedies that we can use to alleviate the swelling. But we need to know the cause of the swelling first before we can treat it. So let us start by familiarizing ourselves with feet edema and why it happens.
All is “Swell-ing”
In general, edema formation on a body part is caused by fluid build-up and accumulation in that particular area, specifically located in the tissues. This is our body’s way of saying “hey, something is up with your feet”. No one is exempted from this medical case. Regardless of gender, age, health, lifestyle and any other factor, we are all prone to edema. Some reasons that can aggravate edema are as follows:
- Sudden weight gain
- Being overweight
- Being immobile for long hours (either standing or sitting)
- A sign of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Deficit in your nutritional intake
- Lack of exercise
- Poor blood circulation
- Past or present injuries involving your leg, ankle or foot
Edema caused by the aforementioned factors needs to be treated as soon as discovered. Once ignored it can be a health hazard because the person suffering from it will have a hard time walking and can even experience discomfort and pain.
Edema of the feet can also be a sign of other medical issues that may need immediate medical attention. This can easily be distinguished if the swelling does not go away regardless of how much remedy and treatment you do to alleviate the swelling. Some edema cases linked to more serious health problems are accompanied by other signs such as one sided edema formation, formation of leg ulcers or blisters and infection. If so, the person might suffer a more serious health issue and needs to seek medical treatment immediately to treat underlying health concerns such as:
- Vascular Problems like Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Heart Conditions
- Kidney Diseases
- Liver Issues
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles or ligaments
Signs of Edema
Edema of the feet can easily be noticed if you pay particular attention to how you feet look like on a daily basis. There are visible signs that our body gives off when edema strikes. These signs are:
- Delay in muscle rebound when pressure is applied to the affected area and causes an indentation that lasts from more that 5 to 10 seconds before returning to normal.
- Increase in size of feet, ankles or leg
- Redness on affected area
- Tenderness or pain
Curing Swelling Feet at Home
The good thing about edema is that you do not need to go to a health specialist immediately. Instead, you can treat it at home using several homemade remedies that are easy and inexpensive. Not only will it save you time but these methods can be done in just a matter of minutes right in the comforts of your home.
Contrast hydrotherapy is one effective way of alleviating edema with the use of both cold and warm water temperature. This method is meant to improve circulation through the help of warm water and reduce swelling and inflammation with the cold one. Here are the steps for this method:
- Use two containers that are big enough for you to immerse both your feet with.
- Fill one container with cold water and the other with warm water.
- Begin by soaking your feet in warm water first for about 5 minutes.
- Immediately immerse your feet in cold water for a good minute.
- Repeat the cycle for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Do this method a few time in a day until you feel the relief and result.
Drinking more water will prevent swelling and edema formation. Try to increase you fluid intake more and try not to stay focus on 8 glasses a day. Instead, make a new goal that states “drink as much water as you possibly can”. In fact, you can even add several healthy drinks that can aid in edema issues such as:
Ginger is a natural diuretic, which means that it can get rid of excess water retention in our body. Try to drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea a day to help with your edema issue.
Another good diuretic that can help our body metabolize excess fluids properly. Drink this herbal tea around 2 to 3 times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Known for its many health benefits, apple cider vinegar can also be used to treat edema. Its high potassium content will be able to absorb and remove excessive fluid retention found in our feet. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of this vinegar with raw honey in a glass of water and drink it twice a day.
Coriander seeds have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can work well in treating edematous feet. All you need to do is to boil 2-3 teaspoons of coriander seeds in water. Strain the water and let it cool down. Drink this mixture twice a day until you feel relief.
Epsom Salt Application
One quick fix method in swollen feet is the use of Epsom salt. Epsom salts have high amounts of magnesium sulfate that causes the reduction of swelling, pain and discomfort on the affected area. It can also be easily absorbed by our skin and can even improve blood circulation and relax sore and tired muscles. Here is all you need to do:
- Using a container that can fit both your feet in, pour enough warm water so that your feet are completely immersed.
- Mix about half a cup of Epsom salt in the water.
- Soak your feet for a good 10 to 20 minutes.
- Repeat this method three times a week.
One factor that can cause edema of the feet is due to the lack of amount of magnesium in our body. This deficiency can cause swelling and fluid retention. You can add 200 to 400 mg of magnesium supplements to your daily nutritional supplements or try to add magnesium rich food in your diet like:
- Dark, green, leafy, vegetables
- Dark chocolate
Nothing can aid in proper blood circulation and muscle relaxation more than a massage. This goes the same with foot edema. Massaging it will promote circulation, reduce swelling and aid in excess fluid drainage. Here are some tips to go along with your foot massage:
- Use mustard or olive oil and rub it on the affected area.
- Massage each foot for 5 minutes each using gentle, upward motion.
- Best done during or after a bath.
- Massage your feet several times a day as needed.
No matter which health issue we talk about, exercise will always be a good suggestion for a better health condition. It promotes better blood circulation, prevents muscle stagnation, inhibits pooling of fluids on your legs and can give you an overall health boost. Here are some good examples of exercise for preventing edema on your lower extremities:
- Swimming is the best possible exercise to prevent swelling, inflammation and pain.
- Jog at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
- Focus on leg strengthening and stretching exercises.
- Yoga is a good exercise that can promote stretching, muscle relaxation and strength and proper blood circulation.
- When sitting or standing for a long period of time, make sure to move your legs, knees and ankles by rotating, flexing and extending it every now and then.
- Take a short walk every hour if possible.
Lose Those Excess Weight
Excessive weight can give additional pressure to your lower extremities and can cause more possibility of edema formation. By losing weight, you can reduce swelling and have a better blood circulation.
Elevate, Elevate , Elevate
Elevating your legs is another great way to prevent edema formation. By gravity, the excess fluids will be pulled back to your body’s center and will be able to be absorbed properly. It will also lessen the pressure on your lower extremities, thus preventing swelling and inflammation. Some great tips on elevating your feet are as follows:
- Lying on the floor with your legs raised and pressed against the wall.
- Putting additional pillows under your feet as you sleep.
- Place two to three books under your feet as you lie flat on your back.
- Always elevate your feet above heart level.
Edema of the feet is not something to extensively worry about. It can be treated without the need of medical attention. It is just our body’s way of saying to exercise, eat right and take good care of your feet and legs. All we need to do is to treat it immediately so as not make it worse and even do continuous healthy alterations to prevent it from happening.