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.
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:
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 helps to flush out the fluids in your body that are causing the swelling.
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 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 helps to quickly reduce swelling. Either a vitamin E supplement or eating foods rich in this vitamin is a good idea.
Icing the affected area not only reduces swelling but it also soothes pain. Put ice in a bag and leave on for 15 minutes.
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 is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which means that it can reduce swelling as well as pain.
Simply reduces pain associated with swelling of the foot or ankle.
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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