Swollen ankles and feet occur when fluid is stuck in the spaces between your body cells. This normally occurs in the ankles, feet, and legs but it can also affect any area of your body. It can be very painful and if not treated right away, can cause permanent damage to your lower limbs.
Because your feet are so far away from your heart, it takes them much longer to heal than other parts of the body – this is because it takes much longer to circulate blood from your heart to your feet. With diabetes and metabolic syndrome growing at skyrocketing rates, it’s now very common to suffer from swollen legs, feet and ankles due to poor circulation and cardiovascular problems, as well as common injuries.
Causes of Foot and Ankle Swelling
Swelling of the feet and ankles is normally caused by a serious condition of either the heart, kidneys, of blood vessels.
Other causes include:
• Eating a lot of salts and carbohydrates
• Overusing laxatives
• Overusing diuretics
• Overusing drugs
• Taking birth control or hormone therapy drugs
• Pregnancy or PMS
• Sodium retention
• Allergic reactions
• Swelling or tenderness in an area of your body
• High blood pressure
• Increased urination
• Heart palpitations
• Puffy or swollen eyes
• Increased weight gain
Home Remedies For Swollen Feet Or Ankles
1. Leg elevation – This is the quickest way to reduce swelling. Put your leg up in front of you so it is elevated and apply an ice pack to the swollen area, or a bag of ice wrapped in a clean towel. This will help to control the swelling.
2. Vinegar – This will help to relieve any pain you have. First, heat up equal amounts of vinegar and water in a pot. Soak a towel in the fluid and wrap your foot or ankle in the towel. Leave it there for about five minutes. Repeat the entire process about three or four times.
3. Cucumber – This will help to absorb the fluid and decrease your recovery time. Get a slice of cucumber and place it on your foot, wrapping it with a cotton cloth or a bandage.
4. Lecithin Seeds – This is an effective treatment for chronic or long term foot swelling. Take 3-4 tablespoons of these seeds every day for about 2-3 months. It should help immensely.
5. Soaking Your Foot – This relates directly to those with foot swelling. Soak your foot in cold water for about 15 minutes. This will help to decrease the swelling and relieve any pain you may have.
6. Mustard Oil – It has shown that massaging your foot with warm mustard oil will help to relieve swelling and pain in the feet and ankles.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar – Applying this to the affected area will help to reduce the excess of fluid in your foot or ankle and relieve swelling and pain in the affected body part.
8. Epsom Salt – This will help to reduce swelling. Place your foot in a pan of warm water and pour in ½ a cup of salt to jumpstart the swelling reduction process.
9. Exercise – This will help by taking pressure off the leg and reducing any swelling you may have. It is recommended to rotate your ankle 10 times every 30 minutes to encourage blood flow in the affected area.
10. Magnesium Sulfate Water – This will help to reduce any swelling. Take a pinch of magnesium sulfate powder and drop it into a bowl of cold water. Let it dissolve and then soak a cloth or towel with the water. Dab the area until the towel dries and then repeat this process for twenty minutes, twice a day.
11. Drink plenty of water! This will help to remove any salt that is in your urine and in turn will help to reduce swelling in your foot or ankle.
12. Molasses and Saunf Drink – Boil one or two glasses of water with a half teaspoon of molasses and a tablespoon of saunf. Boil this down to about half. Drink this 2-3 times a day and this will help to relieve foot or ankle swelling!
About The Author: Amariei Raluca is an accomplished writer and blogger. She loves to write about natural health solutions, women health, nutrition, diet and green living.