What are Swollen Feet?
Swollen Feet is a condition where the muscles in the feet have an excessive build-up of fluid. Gravity pulls the fluids to your feet and ankles, causing them to swell.
What causes Swollen Feet?
Swelling can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels. Some other causes of swelling are:
• Eating a poor diet high in salt and carbohydrates
• Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy pills
• Sodium retention
• Muscle injury
• Varicose veins
• History of phlebitis
• Allergic reactions
• Neuromuscular disorders
Treatment and prevention of Swollen Feet
Treatment of Swollen Feet/Swollen foot will depend on the cause of the swelling. One of the first treatment options is to elevate the legs above the level of the heart. Anti-inflammatory medicine can also help reduce swelling.
• Cut back on salt
• Drink plenty of water
• Put your feet up Lying on your back, rest your feet at least 12 inches above the level of your heart for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
• Use support stockings
• Exercise regularly
• Avoid standing in place for long period of time
• Avoid long periods of sitting
• Lose excess weight
This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.