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 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.