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How To Ease Pain and Swelling in Your Feet and Ankles

Hot weather, uncomfortable shoes, extra weight, or accidents may be all factors that result in pain in your ankles and feet. Here are a few natural ways to remedy this.

Natural Ways to Ease Foot and Ankle Swelling

Natural Ways to Ease Foot and Ankle Swelling

Inflammation in the feet and ankles can be frustrating and even prevent you from walking comfortably and freely. But did you know there are a few simple things you can do to alleviate the swelling?

Here are a few things you can do to get the relief you need:

1. Yoga

Gentle physical exercise such as yoga can be very effective in relieving your pain. Best are yoga poses such as those on the floor with raise legs or legs pressed against the wall.

2. Epsom Salt

Fill up a large bowl, a foot bath, or your bath tub with cold water, then add a generous amount of Epsom salt. Immerse your feet and ankles for 15-20 minutes. If you have diabetic neuropathy in your feet, first check the water with your hands to avoid exposing your feet to extreme temperatures.

3. Compression Stockings

Available at most general stores, compression stockings provide relief from pain and prevent blood clots in the legs, ankles, and feet. Be sure to choose a pair that fits you well and that's not too tight.

4. Exercise

Most of us live pretty sedentary lifestyles now a days, but sitting or resting in one place for too long will only worsen problems with swelling. Try to incorporate regular exercise into your day. In addition to that, make sure you stand up and move around at regular intervals throughout the day: move your knees, flex your legs, and stretch your ankles for relief. You might also consider swimming, as this is a weightless exercise.

6. Weight Loss

The more weight we put on our lower body when we walk, unfortunately the more likely it is that we will continue to experience problems with inflammation and discomfort. Losing extra weight can reduce pressure on our legs, feet, and ankles and therefore alleviate swelling. Be sure and discuss it with your doctor if you're unsure about the best course of action for you.

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