We have all been there, right? Coming home after a party, standing there in your brand new high heels, can be an awful experience. It can also happen due to overweight, premenstrual syndrome, aging, lack of physical exercise, pregnancy and standing for a long time, especially in uncomfortable shoes.
It is also common in people who have heart, kidney and liver problems, people with diabetes, poor blood circulation, and the ones who have underwent a surgery of the legs or feet. This is not a disease, but a problem which happens when a lot of fluid is accumulated in your feet’s tissues, which leads to swelling, also known as edema.
The swelling can also be accompanied with pain and redness. And if they are often and severe, you might want to consult a doctor, since this is an indication of another body problem. It often is an indication of heart problem; so do not delay you visit to the doctor’s.
Nevertheless, if you are sure that it is nothing serious, you can cure your swollen feet easily at home. The best thing is that the treatment is completely natural and it has fast results. So, you will be able to put your shoes on and enjoy the world in no time.
In this article we present the top 10 home remedies for swollen feet:
- Contrast Hydrotherapy
This means that you will need both hot and cold water. Prepare to water containers and fill the one with hot and the other one with cold water. Then, soak your feet in the warm water tube and leave them there for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes are done, quickly put your feet in the tube with cold water for 1 minute. Continue doing this for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes you will feel the relief. This works in a way that it improves circulation, thus reducing the swelling.
Massage your feet in a way that you will apply pressure (not too much pressure) on the affected area. Thus you are releasing sore muscle and are improving circulation. It also drains the accumulated fluid thus reducing the swelling. The best massage is with warm olive oil. Warm up some olive oil and gently rub it in your feet in an upward position. Do this for 5 minutes. The best results are given when you do this after taking a bath.
- Epsom Salt
The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt can work wonders for your feet. It is easily absorbed and it immediately improves circulation and reduces swelling. Just mix one half a cup of Epsom salt in tub filled with warm water and soak your feet for 15 minutes.
You can also massage your feet with ginger oil or drink 2-3 cups of ginger tea. It is a natural diuretic and it dilutes sodium which stands behind swelling. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory property will help too.
The dandelion helps treat water retention and it has diuretic property. So, it will help your body get rid of extra fluids thus reducing the swelling. It will also stabilize the sodium level in your body.
You can consume the dandelion as a tea. You can use fresh or dried dandelion leaves and mix one tablespoon with a cup of hot water. Cover it for 5 minutes and drink it while it is still hot.
- Lemon Water
The anti-inflammatory property of lemon will reduce the swelling in your feet. It will also help you to reduce water retention, since it helps your body flush out excess of toxins and fluids. Just mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of warm water. You can also add some raw honey to sweeten your drink, and drink it several times a day.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium which also helps in reducing fluid retention. In that way it reduces the swelling too. Mix equal amount of warm water and apple cider vinegar, soak a clean towel in the solution and drain the excess of liquid. Then wrap the towel around your feet and leave it work for15 minutes.
- Coriander Seeds
This is a famousAyurvedic treatment for swollen feet. The coriander seeds have anti-inflammatory propertiesand they improve circulation.
Mix 3 tablespoons of coriander seeds with a cup of water and boil them until you get half of the liquid that you have put in. Then strain it, let it cool down and drink it.
Exercising on a daily basis wilt prevent swelling of your feet. It works in a way that it improves circulation. One of the best exercises for swollen feet are swimming, running, jogging, stretching and yoga.
Swollen feet can also be a result of magnesium deficiency in the body. If this is the case, you should eat foods rich in magnesium, such as nuts, fish, seeds, bananas, avocado and dark chocolate. However, you should avoid magnesium if you have heart problems.
- Raise and keep your legs above the level of your heart.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned ones.
- Limit your caffeine intake.
- Limit your salt intake.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Avoid sitting for a long time. You should take short breaks to move your feet a bit.