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Home Remedies for Swollen Feet

By Paul Rothbart

Any kind of pain or problems with your feet will slow you down. Getting to work, performing your job, and household chores generally involve at least some walking or standing. This is difficult to do when your feet hurt. Swelling of the feet is a common problem especially among older adults. The swelling may go up higher to the ankles and calves. It is sometimes painful and your footwear will be too tight, causing discomfort. Many things can cause your feet to swell and you should see your primary care physician for a diagnosis. There are home remedies that can bring you relief while waiting for your appointment.


Long periods of sitting and inactivity can cause your feet to swell. Flexing and extending your feet and legs, as well as doing calf stretches, can get the blood flowing and reduce the swelling. Take a short walk if you have been sitting too long. If you are stuck at your desk or on a long plane flight, try rotating your feet and tensing and contracting your calf muscles. If you do have a desk job, incorporate more movement into your work day to prevent swollen feet in the future.


A good massage feels great and has therapeutic value. It can be very helpful for swollen feet. The pressure applied in a massage gets the blood flowing. You can even massage your own feet. Be gentle and use an upward motion on the soles. You can also apply shea butter or a skin lotion. Doing it two or three times a day can be very effective in reducing swelling.


Rest is one of the best ways to help any kind of physical ailment. Sitting or lying down with your feet helps blood flow back to the heart. This is especially helpful if you have been on your feet and walking for long periods. If you have a history of heart problems, consult your doctor before trying this. 


The use of water can be very effective at relieving foot swelling. Alternating between soaking your feet in warm and cold water works well in many situations. Blood vessels constrict in cold water and dilate in warm. This can help get the blood to flow better and reduce the swelling. There are situations in which this type of therapy can be problematic so it's best to talk to your doctor first. 

Pain in your feet can really slow you down. Swollen feet are common and unpleasant. As with any other ailment, it's important to consult a doctor. Trying these home remedies may help relieve the pain and swelling in the meantime.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pensacola, Fla.

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