Q: Grandma, It’s been four days now that I am experiencing swelling on the upper part of my feet. I’m having difficulties in standing, walking, and wearing closed shoes.
A: Dear J, Swollen feet can be the symptom of other underlying health problems. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. However, the location of the swelling is one way to narrow down the cause. In your case, the swelling occurs on the upper part which can be an indication of localized infections or injuries. It can also mean edema, a condition of excessive fluid trapped in the tissues. While determining the cause of your swollen feet, it is best to treat them with some home remedies until they normalize back into shape.
HOME REMEDIES FOR SWOLLEN FEET
1. Soak feet in cold water – Fill the basin with cold water enough to soak in the feet. Enjoy the therapy for 15 minutes to reduce edema and swelling of the feet.
2. Reduce salt intake – Avoid consuming salty foods like chips and canned or processed foods. Salt promotes water retention, leading to the swelling of feet.
3. Mustard oil – Massage the affected area with warm mustard oil to ease the pain.
4. Apple cider vinegar – Rub the swollen feet with generous amount of apple cider vinegar to reduce the amount of fluid content in the body.
5. Cucumber – Put slices of cucumber on your food. Use a bandage to wrap the feet with the cucumber inside as it absorbs the water retained in the body.
6. Baking powder – Combine baking powder with rice water and form a paste. Add more water if necessary. Apply the paste on the affected area to improve micro circulation.
7. Essential oils – Mix equal amount of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and lemon oil with water. Rub the mixture on the inflamed area anytime to relieve the swelling and pain.
8. Elevate the feet – Raise the feet higher than the head to cause the blood to flow back into circulation. Do this three to four times a day for 45 to 60 minutes each.
9. Compression stockings – Wearing of compression stockings prevents the blood from collecting and clotting in the leg area. The stockings are designed to be tighter at the ankle.
10. Garlic – Consume two cloves of garlic in the morning before breakfast.
11. Diuretic Foods – Consuming foods with diuretic properties help the body flush out its excessive fluids. These foods include asparagus, melon, barley, dandelion and watercress.
12. Lose weight – Obesity or being overweight can be a factor for swollen feet. Exercise and eating the right food can help in losing excess pound to achieve better blood circulation and reduce inflammation of extremities.
13. Molasses and aniseed – Add ½ tablespoon of molasses and one tablespoon of anise to 250 ml of boiling water. Keep boiling until the mixture is reduced to half. Drink the concoction four times a day to reduce the swelling.
14. Do not overwork the feet – Avoid standing too long or walking long distances to prevent too much strain for the feet. Always change position when standing or seating to allow the feet to rest.