10 Best Home Remedies for Foot and Ankle Swelling

Best 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:


#1 Cucumbers

Cucumber for feet and ankle swelling

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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 can reduce swelling by absorbing excess fluids. All you have to do is slice up some cucumbers and apply them to the swollen area.

Cucumber is also known as a powerful natural skin cleanser and a well-known vegetable often included in diet plans.


#2 Water

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


#3 Rest

Something very easy that anyone can do at home rests 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 reduce the pressure applied to the swollen area significantly.


#4 Vinegar

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


#5 Vitamin E

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


#6 Ice (or use cool gel pack)

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Icing the affected area not only reduces swelling, but it also soothes the pain.

ADVICE: Put ice in a bag and leave on for 15 minutes.


#7 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.


#8 Aspirin

Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which means that it can reduce swelling as well as pain. If you’re interested in natural remedies for skin inflammation, please visit the next page HERE.


#9 Acetaminophen

Reduces pain associated with swelling of the foot or ankle.


#10 Ibuprofen

It 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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Last article update: 10/7/2019