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10 Remedies for Sore & Swollen Ankles, Feet and Legs

You know that feeling after a long day when your feet are simply so sore or swollen that you can’t bear the thought of standing on them for one more minute? Once you take off your shoes and sit down, or even soak them in a warm bath, it’s still an unpleasant experience. Luckily, I’ve collected 10 natural remedies for such an occasion and I want to share them with you.

Important: Regular swelling vs. potential health risks

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When experiencing swelling in the feet and legs, apply pressure to the area with a finger. If the dimple created by the finger remains for more than a couple of seconds, it may indicate edema, which can be the result of heart, liver, or kidney problems. When this occurs, see a doctor at the first possible opportunity.

If you experience swelling in one leg but not the other, you should also see a doctor as this may be an indication of deep venous thrombosis (a blood clot blocking the blood vessels).

If the swelling is accompanied by shortness of breath, fever, bluish skin, and chest pains, get immediate medical attention.

10 Natural Remedies:

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1. Soak your feet in Epsom salts

Pour a couple of cups of Epsom salt into a hot bath, and take a nice long soak. You can also add essential oils to the mix for enhanced relaxation. Your feet will thank you, your body will thank you, and you’ll emerge from that bath a happier person.

2. Massage the area

Massaging the painful area increases blood flow to it and moves the fluids that accumulate and cause the swelling. If you want to indulge, get someone to massage your feet for you, preferably with hot essential oils.

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3. Stop smoking

If you smoke tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, etc.), you should know that one of the many negative effects of nicotine is constriction of blood vessels, which can lead to sore feet.

4. Stay hydrated

When the caffeine and sodium we consume accumulate in the body, they can cause swelling and pain in the limbs. The best way to dilute them and flush them out is by drinking water. If you want to maximize the efficiency of hydration, squeeze a lemon or lime into the glass of water for a boost of vitamins and antioxidants.

5. Eat healthy, avoid excess salt

While we need salt for our body to function well, when we overdo it, it can have adverse effects. Reduce the amount of salt you consume every day, and consider cutting down on caffeine as well.

6. Elevate the legs

If you’re suffering from chronically sore legs/feet, try keeping your legs elevated for 30 minutes three times a day. You will notice a difference within a couple of days. Also, when you’re in bed, use a couple of pillows to prop up your feet. Elevating the legs helps to drain the excess fluids that cause the swelling and pain.

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7. Avoid sitting for prolonged periods

Whether you’re flying, taking the bus, or just sitting in an office all day, keeping your legs stationary can lead to pain and swelling. If you know you’re going to sit for a long period of time, make sure to stand up, stretch, and walk around every 20 minutes or so.

8. Use compression socks when travelling

If you’re going to fly overseas, another excellent solution is using compression socks. These socks apply pressure to your feet, preventing fluid from building up – the main cause of swelling and pain in the feet.

9. Exercise

Keeping your system in shape means feeling well.  A healthy cardiovascular system reduces the chances of swelling in the limbs, thanks to both the increased blood-flow and the reduction in weight.

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10. Take magnesium supplements

OK, this may feel like cheating a little bit, but magnesium is essential for our body’s function. That said, many people suffer from a magnesium deficiency. By adding magnesium to your system, you will improve your overall health, reduce hangover symptoms and suffer less pain in your extremeties. 

H/T: healthyandnaturalworld.com 

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