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10 Natural Remedies for Swollen Feet and Ankles

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6. Treat Yourself to a Massage

A massage therapist can do wonders for swollen feet and ankles! Don’t be shy about mentioning the problem when you get to your appointment, so she or he can focus on getting things moving in your lower extremities.

If you are pregnant, I’d recommending finding a therapist who specializes in prenatal massage. A prenatal massage therapist will be much more knowledgeable about how to make you comfortable. Seriously, I have never had so many pillows around me in my life, but all of that really does help make it a more beneficial experience.

7. Get Some Support Hose

Support hose or compression gear can prevent swelling, especially from being on your feet. You can find compression socks that come knee- or thigh-high or full-on compression stockings. These suckers are hard to get on, because they’re meant to be pretty tight on your legs, but they can really make a difference.

I have read a lot of great experiences with compression socks, but I’ve found that they start out feeling amazing, and after about four hours they start to make my feet cramp. You can find footless compression stockings, so if you experience the same problem, that might be a good solution for you.

8. Elevate Those Feet

Gravity is not your friend when it comes to edema, so elevate your feet every chance you get! When you’re relaxing in the evening, prop your legs up on some pillows. Ideally, you want your feet above your heart. Take THAT, gravity!

If you work a day job, try to find a way to prop your feet up under your desk. Even elevating a bit can make a big difference in your swelling as the day goes on.

9. Make a Splash

Swimming or even floating in water can help with swollen feet and ankles. The pressure from the water can help get things moving in your legs, and floating gives your circulatory system a break from gravity’s constant pull. If you don’t have a pool, check out local gyms to see what they offer.

10. Drink Up!

Excess salt is a big contributor to swelling, and upping your fluid intake can help dilute the salt in your system. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water per day to flush things out. Even better? Try making cucumber-lemon water! Just drop a couple of cucumber and lemon slices in your glass, and enjoy! Both of these fruits have anti-inflammatory properties, so if gives that water an extra swelling-fighting punch!

Have you guys found any natural remedies that help with swollen feet and ankles? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!

Sources:

  • http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/natural-remedies-for-swollen-feet.html
  • http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/third-trimester/qa/swollen-feet-and-ankles-during-pregnancy.aspx?MsdVisit=1
  • http://www.progressivehealth.com/magensium-fluid-retention.htm?gclid=CJvflYb5wLQCFSOnPAodKQQA3Q

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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1:22PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

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8:30PM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Cheers Becky :)

10:38AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Thank you.

4:24AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Am passing this info on to a friend who is suffering from swollen ankles & legs.

3:50PM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Thanks for the article.

5:39AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Thanks for sharing these helpful remedies! I have tried last remedy on myself and it worked great. People with other foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Heel Pain, Bunions, Arch Pain etc can find the best solutions to their foot problems here on this link: http://www.footsolutions.com/foot-problems

3:20AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

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3:18AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

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12:43AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

printed, thanks for posting

5:58PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Nice-helping tips, thanks a lot!! :)

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