Swelling of the feet can occur from pregnancy, a poor diet, or arthritis. Get the "s" out of swell and have your feet feeling well again.
- TIP: Make sure you are wearing proper fitting shoes.
- Step 1: Drink plenty of water. Most health professionals recommend drinking six to eight glasses per day.
- Step 2: See a doctor if you experience swelling of the tissue under your skin, stretched or shiny skin, have an increase in your abdominal size, or if your skin retains a dimple after being pressed with your finger. You'll be back on your feet in no time!
- FACT: The skeleton of the human foot contains 27 bones.
- Step 3: Wear supportive socks or stockings to help reduce the swelling of your ankles and feet.
- TIP: Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
- Step 4: Elevate your swollen feet above heart level for 30 minutes, three to four times a day. At night, sleep on your left side with your feet at a 45 degree angle.
- Step 5: Reduce your salt intake. Salt canlead to water retention, which can cause swelling.
- Step 6: Practice healthy eating habits. Eliminate or reduce foods in your diet that have little nutritional value. Eat more vitamin- and nutrient-rich foods.
- Step 7: Exercise regularly to improve circulation.
- : If you have been inactive for a length of time, or if you've had recent surgery or physical problems, particularly of the muscles and joints, consult your doctor before you start a stretching or exercise program.