A swollen leg has to be taken as a serious condition because often it can be connected with different diseases like heart and kidney problems as well as blood clot. As a matter of fact if your lower limbs are swollen but you are also experiencing signs like fever, shortness of breath, chess pain or bluish skin – don`t waste time and head straight to the emergency department. In other cases see a doctor and make sure you don’t have deep venous thrombosis. Also some prescription medication like birth control pills or anti-depressant can cause swelling.
Swollen limbs is something you need to take seriously and make sure it`s not connected to any unwanted serious medical condition.
Here are some examples of the best natural remedies for swollen feet.
It`s pretty simple. Exercising stimulates blood circulation thus preventing it from pooling in your lower extremities. Swimming may be the perfect solution because it takes the impact away from your feet. Yoga is also another thing you can try especially postures that require lifting your feet above your head.
2. Elevate Your Legs
Maybe you are not a yoga master and you`re not ready for a headstand yet, that`s why you should try a simple elevation like putting your feet on a higher surface just above the heart. Relax for 30 minutes, 3 times per day and you will notice the difference. Also when in bad, a simple pillow under your feet will do just fine.
3. Walk around, especially if you are behind a desk all day long
Sometimes a simple movement is enough to prevent your legs from swelling up. Walk at least 10 minutes, 3 times per day. If you are stuck at work try walking in your office just a couple of minutes several times during work hours.
4. Consider wearing compression socks when you travel
Compression socks may be difficult to put on but they will serve their purpose. They`ll keep the blood from pooling in your legs and help the blood vessels with their elasticity.
5. Avoid any excess salt and eat healthy food
Too much salt can lead to water retention. Caffeine is also a known culprit so take it easy and bring your daily intake to a minimum. If you carry some excessive weight, than consider losing a few pounds to reduce the unneeded pressure on your joints and bones. Remember, every little thing can help!
6. Stop Smoking
I know it`s easier said than done but believe me as a ex-smoker I know it can be done. Just think of the rewards after you quit. I don`t have to tell you that smoking is related to tons of serious conditions and if you keep it up, swollen feet will be the least of your problems.
7. Drink plenty of water
Drinking water throughout the day will detox the body as well as hydrate the tissues. If we take enough water the sodium and caffeine (contributors to feet inflammation) get diluted. Around 2 liters per day will do the job.
Massaging can be extremely relaxing and will improve the blood circulation. Make sure you use gentle and firm motions, always into the direction of the heart.
9. Soak your feet in Epsom salt
I`m sure your feet will appreciate the attention. After a hard day of work add few cups of sea salt in your bathwater and just soak in. If you have any essential oils feel free to throw them in.
10. Take magnesium supplements
It’s a well know fact that feet swelling is well connected to magnesium deficiency. A daily dose of 350mg can make all the difference. Just in case always consult with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement.
Always keep your legs pain-free and healthy.