7 Home Remedies for Swollen Feet

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2. Soak With Epsom Salt

Soaking sore and swollen feet in a cool water bath with Epsom salt is great for reducing muscle pain as well as reducing swelling and inflammation. The salt, technically known as magnesium sulfate, is thought to draw out toxins and promote relaxation.

Since there are many types on the market, make sure to get Epsom salt that is marked with a USP seal, which means it has been approved safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Soak for about 15-20 minutes each time.

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1. Put Your Feet Up

How’s this for basic? That old expression describing rest as “putting your feet up” has roots in a position that actually helps to reduce foot pain. It is helpful to sleep with your feet elevated above the level of your heart, but you can also reduce swelling by sitting in this position for 20 minutes at a time, several times throughout the day.

Raising any swollen area above the level of your heart helps because it allows fluid to drain away from the area. Excess blood that rushes to the site of inflammation may also contribute to swelling, so keeping it from pooling in your feet makes a big difference.

Swollen feet are often the price of our busy daily lives, at work and at home. There is always something that needs doing. And office workers aren’t exempt. Though we often associate swollen feet with standing for a long time, sitting too much can also be the cause. In any case, when you can finally take it easy, the last thing you want is a throbbing reminder of your daily labors. Try one or more of these home remedies to relief the discomfort without the side effects of medication.