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Home Remedies For Foot And Ankle Swelling

There are several causes of foot and ankle swelling. Most likely, it is caused by a minor injury or fluid retention that is common during pregnancy. Unfortunately this swelling, can lead to discomfort and pain. Luckily, there are home remedies that can help with foot and ankle swelling. These can be used immediately after swelling is noticed because they are items that can most often be found around your home. Continue to learn what these home remedies are and how they help with foot and ankle swelling.

Natural Remedies

Several natural home remedies help reduce foot and ankle swelling as well as speed up the healing process. Some of the most effective natural remedies are:

Cucumbers

We all know that cucumbers are popular for treating puffiness under the eyes but very few are aware that it has the same effect on swelling of the foot and ankle. Cucumbers have the ability to reduce swelling by absorbing excess fluids. All you have to do is slice up some cucumbers and apply to the swollen area.

Water

Water helps to flush out the fluids in your body that are causing the swelling.

Rest

Something very easy that anyone can do at home is rest their swollen foot and/or ankle. Although it may be a challenge, avoid walking as much as you can. This gives the affected are timed to heal. If walking is necessary, the use of crutches can help to significantly reduce the pressure applied to the swollen area.

Vinegar

Vinegar is very soothing on a swollen area of the body. Simply warm an equal parts mixture of vinegar and water, soak in a towel and apply to swelling for five to ten minutes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps to quickly reduce swelling. Either a vitamin E supplement or eating foods rich in this vitamin is a good idea.

Ice

Icing the affected area not only reduces swelling but it also soothes pain. Put ice in a bag and leave on for 15 minutes.

Compression

Wrapping a bandage snugly around the injured area can help reduce swelling and help with stability.

Over the Counter Remedies

For those who choose to take medication rather than use natural remedies, several over the counter drugs can be used to treat foot and ankle swelling. They are most likely in your medicine cabinet and are effective at treating such injuries.

Aspirin

Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which means that it can reduce swelling as well as pain.

Acetaminophen

Simply reduces pain associated with swelling of the foot or ankle.

Ibuprofen

Helps treat pain and swelling.
Be sure to ask your doctor before using any over the counter medications if you have an allergy, preexisting medical condition or are taking other medications. Also, follow the dosage instructions.

Overall, there are several home remedies for foot and ankle swelling. Whether you choose to use natural remedies or over the counter medications, these suggested treatments are easy, affordable, effective and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

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Linda Ward is a nurse and a wannabe writer. She enjoys writing about different health, food and lifestyle topics. In her free time, Linda loves to dance and work out in a gym.

9 thoughts on “Home Remedies For Foot And Ankle Swelling

  1. I had heard (and used) some of these tips and can affirm that they work.

    Although I had used cucumber slices on my under-eye area, I had never thought of using them on my ankles. Just the idea sounds soothing!

    And I think I’ll use the vinegar tip on both my husband and myself tonight, as we both have ankle/feet edema issues.

    Thanks so much for posting these great ideas!

  2. I never knew before that cucumber can cure ankle or foot swelling. I had swollen feet and caused so much of discomfort to move and walk. It happened to me because of my excessive obesity. I changed my diet, start a gym. These all helped me, though it’s a bit time taking thing.

  3. I had a severe case of Cellulitis last year and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. It appears to be recurring now. My feet are swollen. I apply Magnesium-Sulphate crystals dissolved in Glycerine (In an ice-cold state),. The swelling deceases by morning but appears again and again. The pain is severe with a burning sensation. Normal antibiotics are ineffective. Is there any other medication that can help? I suffer from Type II diabetes as well, but my sugar levels are under control with Insulin injections. I am 73 now. Please help.

  4. It’s a common problem. Often it may occur painlessly. Wear support stockings when traveling and always avoid wearing very tight clothes around thighs.

  5. It is the result of excessive fluid accumulation. It may cause pain or may not. Massaging foot and ankle with warm mustard oil for 5 minutes is a very good home remedy.

  6. Having high carbohydrates in a diet may cause swollen feet and ankles. Carbohydrates are full of water content and hence one must reduce intake of carbohydrates.

  7. Excellent natural remedies for edema of the feet. I heard, excessive stress, blood clotting, kidney disorder, injuries, nerve related problems cause swelling of feet. High uric acid is another important reason.

  8. Drinking barley water is helpful. You must check your diet, avoid carbohydrates. Here the home remedies are great. If the problem is stretching too far better to visit a doctor.

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