If you find you often have swollen feet it is likely this is a symptom of an underlying problem. It may be as a result of fluid retention, heart disease, kidney problems, pregnancy or even an old injury but if you donít know of any reason why they are swollen, then you need to see your doctor.
It is quite normal to have some swelling in your feet. For instance if your job means you need to stand all day; when the weather is warm, if you are taking an oral contraceptive or even if you often cross your legs, but it is always best to check with your doctor if you have any worries at all.
If your feet are swollen never wrap your feet in tight socks or bandages unless advised to by your doctor as the compression will cause the swelling to move up your leg and this can put you at risk of other vascular problems.
The best way to treat swollen feet is to rest and stay off your feet, take off your shoes and socks and raise your feet and legs by propping them up on a chair or put a pillow under your heels. Many people find it helps to soak their feet in cool water.
Lowering your salt intake will also help reduce swollen feet and this is a good step to take for your general good health. Salt causes you to retain water. If you doctor prescribes a diuretic, these will help to drain the fluid by releasing the fluid from your tissues and removing it from your body by urination.
If you believe your swollen feet are a result of heart problems then you need to see your doctor. When a heart is damaged, it can have trouble pumping blood through your body and this causes the fluids to pool at the lowest point of your body Ė your feet. Heart-muscle-strengthening drugs can help reduce swelling in the feet.
The best way to avoid these problems is good nutrition and daily exercise, these will help to improve your circulation and cardiovascular system and help to reduce the tendency of your feet to swell.
Swollen feet can be a sign of serious heart, kidney and liver disorders as well as other minor vascular disorders. See your doctor if swollen feet persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
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