Swollen feet are commonly caused by water retention (this can be caused by excess salt intake) or venous insufficiency which can lead to Edema (buildup of fluid in a particular area of the body). With the warmer temperatures here, swollen feet become more common, especially in those who are pregnant, those who have high blood pressure and/or those who are overweight. But don’t worry, there are some things you can do to reduce the swelling so you can still wear all your favorite summer sandals.
Exercise Regularly: Exercising on a regular basis (about 30 minutes/day) not only keeps your whole body fit, but it also keeps your blood circulating. When your leg muscles are contracting it keeps the blood moving back to your heart and away from your ankles.
Reduce Your Salt Intake: Try limiting your daily salt intake which can help reduce fluid buildup.
Elevate Your Feet: Take 15 minutes or more a day to rest and elevate your feet above the level of your heart. You can also add an ice pack to help decrease the swelling.
Drink Plenty of Water: Drink at least 8, eight ounce cups of water a day which helps to rid your body of excess salt and swelling. This is especially important in the hot summer months, since our bodies lose water quicker and can become dehydrated more rapidly.
Wear Support Hose or Compression Stockings: These come in many different styles, from knee length, thigh high to full length stockings. And although wearing compression stockings in the summer is probably the last thing you want to be putting on, they really help alleviate the pain and discomfort that can be caused by Edema. Try wearing them when you are in your home or a cool area and take them off if you are going to be outside in the heat for a long period of time.
It can be easy to get discouraged when you are unable to do all the activities you love because of foot pain, but you don’t have to suffer! Dr. Evan Merrill and his staff at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC will help get you back on your feet and doing what you love in no time. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.