Foot health

11 February 2009

Ease your oedema

Your feet and ankles look normal in the morning, but by the end of the day they're swollen and you can't wait to get your shoes off.

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Your feet and ankles look normal in the morning, but by the end of the day they're swollen and you can't wait to get your shoes off.

You're suffering from oedema, or swelling that happens when gravity pulls fluids down into your feet and ankles, causing them to swell.

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers some tips to reduce swelling:

  • Cut back on salt, which contributes to fluid retention.
  • Roll on support stockings, which promote circulation and limit gravitational movement of fluids.
  • Exercise regularly to improve circulation.
  • Lose excess weight, which slows the circulation and puts extra pressure on your veins.
  • Avoid long periods of sitting.
  • Review your medications with your doctor to see if any of them contribute to swelling.

The Mayo Clinic suggests you see a doctor if you have persistent swelling, swelling accompanied by shortness of breath and weight gain, or swelling that damages the skin. – (HealthDayNews)

South African Podiatry Association (SAPA)

 

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