Short term swelling of feet is very common especially in people that spend a lot of time sitting or standing and as mild injuries. But swollen feet can sometimes be a result of some serious diseases and health conditions that require medical care.
WHY ARE YOUR FEET SWELLING?
Feet swelling is a kind of edema that is caused by forces of gravity. They are common in obese people, ones that spend a lot of time sitting and standing. Swelling can be a result of retention of water in the organism. If you eat too much salt it can also cause swelling of feet. Your feet can often be swollen if you are pregnant, as a symptom of PMS as well as any kind of physical effort.
The swelling is usually short term and ends once the causes are removed. It is usually harmless but if they don’t heal in few days it will be good if you see your doctor so that the real cause is determined, because at times swelling of edema can be a side symptom of serious health disorders.
Your feet can be swollen due to harder blood flow through the vein system to the heart. This is caused by thrombosis, weak vein walls, varicose veins as well as some form of pressure on the veins. People dealing with these disorders have the feeling of heavy legs, cramps, and infections.
Swelling can be caused by several kinds of injuries, fractures or wounds as well as infections in the foot area and bone diseases, rheumatism and cyst.
SYMPTOMS OF SWOLLEN FEET
The swelling of your feet usually has this structure of a dough because when you push with a finger it will form a hole pushing the liquids around the pressure area. But when you release the pressure it will all get back to the previous condition. Since the blood flows slower through the veins the blood vessels will increase in volume and then the excess fluids come out through the walls of the vessels.
The edema pressures the structures around and lowers the amount of arterial blood and oxygen in these areas of the foot. The parts can have cyanosis, lower temperature as well as pain, tingling and itching.
The swelling can sometimes cause feeling of heaviness in the foot, and pain in the foot, ankle or knee and also harden your ability to move.
DISEASES LINKED TO SWOLLEN FEET
Swollen feet can sometimes be a symptom of some diseases, usually cardiovascular diseases, heart weakness, kidney or liver diseases, as well as hypothyreosis.
Swelling of the feet is usually the first symptom of heart weakness and it usually means that the disease is advanced.
When you don’t drink enough water your organism can dehydrate and blood cloths can appear. It can be serious problem in people that have varicose veins because it can lead to thrombosis and even thrombophlebitis that is always followed with edema.
Rheumatism is also linked to edema as is diabetes, injuries and fractures when swelling is usually the first symptom.
NATURAL WAYS TO REDUCE SWELLING
One of the best and most effective ways to get rid of swollen feet are natural remedies as well as exercises. You can use various kinds of tea, compress, massage and foot bats using herbs that have good effect on swelling.
Parsley tea can effectively reduce swelling in the area of the feet, ankles and knees. Parsley has natural dietetic properties and speeds up the process of expelling of retained fluids from the body fast. at the same time parsley is rich in potassium and it can keep the balance of minerals in the body of normal even if fluids are expelled. Pour a cup of boiling water over fresh parsley leaves, stems and root and leave covered for 5 minutes. Add some honey and lemon to taste.
Another natural remedy that can reduce swelling is flaxseeds. Cook 4 tablespoon of flaxseeds in a liter of water for 15 minutes. Then leave aside for an hour. Drink ½ cup of warm tea every 30 minutes for about 2 weeks.
Chop finely horse radish leaves and ½ of cabbage. Mix all and place on swollen feet wrapping with gauze. Leave compress for an hour. Repeat the procedure 3 times a day. After you remove the compress rub in some olive oil on the feet and cover with woolen sock or cloth. Leave for another hour and then wash off.
Mix 100 grams of each St. John’s wort and common centaury with 200 grams of birch leaves and pour over 3 liters of boiling water. Cook for 2 hours on medium heat and then set aside to cool down for 2 hours. Strain and warm up before use. Then soak a cloth in the liquid and place on swollen feet for 2 hours and then remove and rub in some olive oil.
Mix 50 grams each finely chopped walnut leaves, St. John’s wort and bittersweet and pour over a liter of brandy. Close the jar and leave for 20 days on room temperature. Then strain and use the tincture to massage swollen feet 3 times a day. After the treatment wash off and apply olive oil.
Add a handful of sea salt and a tablespoon of baking soda and a spoon of mint leaves in a tub filled with water. Soak the feet for 15 minutes and then rub well with towel to improve the blood flow.
Put a tablespoon of chamomile and 2 tablespoons of lemon balm in a liter of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of sea salt and soak your feet for 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water and rub with a towel.
To improve your circulation seat on a chair and place stock of books that is 15 cm high about 10 cm away from the chair. Put your feet on the book stock and shake well your legs. Relax and stay in the position for few minutes. Get a small ball and put your foot on it. Move the ball with one foot and then with another. Try also with both feet at the same time.