Painful, swollen feet can happen for lots of reasons, from being on them too long to certain medical issues like diabetes. Pregnancy is also a notorious cause of swollen feet that creeps up the leg and completely obscures the ankles.
More dangerous causes include lymphedema, in which the function of the lymph nodes is impaired, and a blood clot in the legs. It is smart to check with your doctor if you are experiencing chronically swollen feet.
Whatever the cause, swelling is almost always associated with fluid accumulation in the tissues, a condition called edema. When you’re suffering with edema, you want it to go away as quickly as possible.
As long as your doctor has determined that the cause of your swelling is not dangerous, you needn’t rely on medical treatment every time your dogs are barking. Here are 7 effective home remedies for swollen feet, some that require absolutely no supplies or equipment.
7. Make Some Dietary Changes
The biggest dietary driver of swelling and water retention is salt. Reducing your intake is healthy for lots of reasons, including kidney health, but you will also suffer less from swollen feet.
Sodium and potassium work together to regulate fluid balance, so a deficiency of potassium (especially when coupled with too much sodium) can also cause water retention. Good sources of potassium include bananas, sweet potatoes, white beans, salmon, and chicken.
A magnesium deficiency may also cause your body to retain water, so adding more foods like almonds, spinach, dark chocolate, and broccoli can help you get enough. If nothing else, you can take a 200-400 mg supplement of magnesium each day, but only if your doctor approves – supplements are not recommended for people with kidney or heart conditions.