How to Get Rid of Swollen Feet & Ankles, FAST!

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Swollen feet are the bane of existence for nearly everyone alive.

The horrible feeling and pain that result from this ailment can strike at almost anytime.

It affects young and old, physically active and couch potatoes alike.

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Swollen feet arise because of a variety of alarming reasons, such as:

  1. Injury
  2. Alcohol
  3. Blood clot
  4. Pregnancy
  5. Hot weather
  6. Heart failure
  7. Liver disease
  8. Lymphedema
  9. Kidney disease
  10. Medication side effects
  11. Chronic venous insufficiency

Even people that simply lie down and rest too long can get up to a rude awakening as their feet become swollen beyond belief.

While much of the time swollen feet are simply a temporary nuisance, it is important to remember that it could be an indicator of a much more serious ailment.

Swollen feet have been known to be accompanied by:

  • shortness of breath
  • leg ulcerations or blisters
  • chest pain, pressure, or tightness
  • swelling on only one side of your leg
  • pain and swelling that doesn’t get better
  • your skin retains a dimple after you press it
  • your skin is stretched or broken in the affected area

If you feel one of these symptoms coming on, it is important to see a doctor right away.

Your doctor can run further tests to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you simply are feeling the pain of swollen feet, however, consider one of the following remedies to help you!

Home Remedies for Swollen Feet & Ankles

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1.) Water Works

Many people feel that swollen feet are the result of too much water intake, but that is simply not true.

Drinking water is a great remedy for many things that ail the human body, and swollen feet are no exception.

It is believed that swelling often happens as the body stores up excess fluid because it senses that the host is simply not drinking enough.

If that is you, then drink up, avoid dehydration, and feel the swelling decrease as a result.

2.) Cabbage is Your Friend

Yes, you read that right.

The next time your feet are swollen, consider buying a head of white or green cabbage, chill the leaves in the freezer for a while, and then wrap them around your feet for about 30 minutes.

You will want to keep your feet elevated during this time.

The effect of the cabbage is to pull out the excess fluid in your feet, providing the relief you have been craving.

3.) Beef Up on the Magnesium

It is well documented that magnesium is vital for the human body to maintain a positive flow of blood.

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If you are deficient in magnesium, and you experience swollen feet far too frequently, then you will want to consider taking some magnesium supplements.

The recommendation is to take a supplement in the 200 mg range twice a day.

4.) Soak With Some Epsom Salt

As we’ve reported before there are many alternative uses for epsom salt.

For decades people have soaked their feet in Epsom salt at the end of a long physically demanding day.

If it works for them, then you should imagine that it works for swollen feet.

Take a healthy dose of Epsom salts and throwing them into a tub full of water.

Then, sit your swollen feet in there to recuperate for about 20 minutes.

It is believed the Epsom salts work to take away the swelling, while simultaneously improving the circulation of the blood.

A further benefit of this remedy is that the bath will take away the bad smell of your feet and provide a soothing effect for you skin.

5.) Wrap Up in a Cold Compress

Ice and other frozen items have long been used to help reduce swelling.

You can form your cold compress from ice cubes, frozen vegetables, a steak, or anything else that is pliable and can be wrapped in a clean towel.

Take that compress and apply it directly to your swollen feet and you should notice a reduction in the pain almost right away.

Remember to take away the compress after about 15 minutes as prolonged exposure to the cold can cause other problems.

The next time you suffer from swollen feet, give one of these home remedies a try and begin to experience the relief you have been looking for.

Which of these 5 swollen feet & ankle remedies worked best for you?

Tell us in the comments section below.

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.

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  • Thanks for sharing the useful information. Swollen feet are a common type of symptom that is found in almost every type of individual if you are having a hectic life schedule. Here are some clinically proven benefits of cabbage to provide relief when applied topically, especially on swollen feet.

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