often wish that work would end fast so you
can just get into bed or prop up your feet?
Do you dread wearing high heels for fear
that the swelling in your feet won’t go away
for the next 3 days? People who have swollen
feet often suffer silently as they feel that
theirs isn’t a serious medical condition and
will go away with a little rest. There are
other things to worry about in life, aren’t
there? Well, if the swelling in your feet is
recurrent, it will be wise to take care of
it before it turns into something serious.
Swollen Feet: Why Does
it that your feet are constantly swollen
after a day of work or some walking? Some
reasons are pretty simple. However, others
require some attention. Here is a list to
see if your case of swollen feet matches any
of these causes:
- Standing too long: A
long period of standing (or sitting) is
the most common and simple cause behind
- Injury: If
you have sustained an ankle or foot injury
recently, you can develop swollen feet for
- High impact
sports, running, etc. can all be probable
causes for swollen feet, especially if you
are ill-trained for them.
Well, the feet do carry a
whole lot of extra weight; this is their
way of complaining!
- Excessive intake of
salt and alcohol: Both of these
cause water retention and swollen feet.
- Some medications: for
diabetes, birth control, depression, etc.
enlist oedema of the feet as one of their
possible side effects. Check with your
some underlying medical conditions such as
arthritis, thyroid problems, allergic
reactions, varicose veins, venous
insufficiency and lymphatic obstruction may
also at times trigger swelling (or Oedema)
in the feet.
Swollen Feet: Who is
belong to any or many of the following
categories, you are most susceptible to
swelling in the feet and/or ankles. Check if
- Above age 45
- Pregnant (in the third
- A laxatives/ diuretics
Swollen Feet: When to
Seek Medical Help?
cases of oedema in the feet go away after a
little bit of rest and elevating the feet.
However, you must consider consulting a
doctor if the swelling has started
interfering with your normal day-to-day
activities. If you develop pain, high
temperature, local heat and redness, it is
wise to mention this to your doctor.
CAUTION: Pregnant women who develop
infrequent urination, vomiting or nausea,
blurred vision and/or abdominal pain along
with foot oedema must rush to the doctor as
it can indicate a life-threatening
complication – preeclampsia.
Swollen Feet: What can
your swollen feet indicate no serious
medical condition, but are just a nuisance
you normally put up with, here are some easy
remedies and practices you can adopt in the
comfort of your home to combat it. They are
all easy to do and very cost-effective. Most
of them use equipment and cures that are
found in every home.
1. Soak Up The Saline:
probably the most common remedy for tired
and swollen feet. Take half a cup of Epsom
Salt (crystals of hydrated magnesium
sulphate, useful in curing muscle soreness)
or simply common salt in half a bucket or
tub of warm water. Soak your feet in the
saline solution for 10-15 minutes and feel
immediate relief. You can do this each night
before retiring to bed.
2. Elevate To
something you can try while sitting at work
or lying down in bed at home. When at work,
prop up your feet on a stool and keep
flexing the ankles at regular intervals.
When you are in the comfort of your bed, you
can try elevating the feet (to the point
where they are at least a foot above the
heart’s level). This can be done by propping
the feet on some cushions or even on the
wall for 5-10 minutes. I have tried it many
times, and it is immensely and immediately
3. Tonic Water:
For those of you living in the medical
Dark Age, Tonic water is carbonated water
to which a little quinine has been added.
Initially used as a cure for malaria,
tonic water is also a good way to bring
down the swelling of the feet. Soak your
feet in cold or room temperature tonic
water. The quinine acts as an
anti-inflammatory agent and the fizz in
the carbonated water is a great relaxant.
4. Contrast Baths:
another way to alleviate swelling of the
feet that uses the easiest of all mediums –
water. Take half a bucket of hot water (not scalding
hot, or you will be reading ‘home remedies for hot
water burns’ next!) and another half
bucket of cold water (not icy cold).
Soak your feet in the hot water first and
switch to the cold water bucket after about
10-15 minutes. Switch back to hot water one
last time, this time for about 5 minutes.
This works by encouraging better blood
circulation in the feet. As a bonus, you get
some free time to read, listen to music,
meditate or just chill!
5. Baking Powder To
simple, unassuming ingredient has many
remedial benefits. To solve your swollen
feet issue, take a 1:1 mixture of baking
powder and rice water (boil rice and use the
starchy water). Example: take 2 teaspoons of
baking powder in 2 teaspoons of rice water.
Make a paste and apply it over your feet.
You can also take a larger quantity of this
paste, add some water to it and soak your
feet in it. The baking powder and rice act
as water absorbers.
6. Essential Oil Soak:
essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint and
lemon with some water and use this aromatic
mixture to soak your swollen feet for about
15 minutes. Essential oils have nothing to
do with the word ‘important’; they mean that
the oils contain the ‘essence’ of a
particular plant. Besides alleviating the
swelling in the feet, this remedy also acts
as a natural relaxant through its beautiful
7. Lemony Solution:
concoct this remedy, take some lemon juice,
cinnamon powder, olive oil, milk and water.
Mix these in a container till it becomes
sort of a paste. Apply it all over your
swollen feet. This remedy is best used as an
overnight solution for swollen feet. Your
feet will soak up the beneficial ingredients
and you will wake up without swelling or
stiffness in the feet.
8. Check What You Eat:
oedema in your feet could very possibly be
caused by poor eating habits. Make sure to
include a lot of magnesium in your diet as
it improves circulation. Also avoid foods
high in sodium content. Sodium is known to
be water retentive. Also, stay as hydrated
as possible. Don’t skimp on those 8-10
glasses of water that every web page on
healthy living screams about. Protein and
uric acid build up in the body cause foot
swelling and can be washed out by proper
9. Apple Cider
but true. Apple cider vinegar when applied
to swollen feet and ankles acts as an
immediate relief. The vinegar has an
effective fluid absorption action which
makes the feet lose excess fluid buildup.
Once the excess fluid is gone, so will the
swelling and stiffness.
fluid retention is the culprit behind your
swollen feet, you can bust it with this
herb. Steep a ‘tea’ made of dried parsley
leaves and drink 2-3 cups per day. Parsley
is a natural diuretic, which will help the
body in expelling excess fluid.
11. Barley Water:
yucky-tasting mixture is a wonderful
diuretic. Simply take a handful of barley
grains and boil them in water until it takes
on a light brown hue. Strain and cool this
solution and consume 1-2 glasses per day.
The barley will help the body in washing out
toxins that build up due to fluid retention
and bring down oedema in the feet.
12. Shop For Better
feeling better at the mention of shopping!
If you have constant swelling of the feet,
the cause might be the wrong footwear.
Switching to cushioned shoes which provide
arch support will send your feet to foot
heaven! Opt for low-heeled sandals and also
avoid tying shoelaces too tightly. These
will work up a great benefit for your sore
13. Ginger Essential
something new! This oil contains the
benefits of ginger without that sting.
Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory
properties. Make massage oil by adding
ginger essential oil to any carrier oil and
give your feet a massage. Ginger will
improve circulation and also ease cramping
caused by swollen feet.
14. Citrus Paradise:
essential oil of grapefruit is another
surprise package. Make simple massage oil by
mixing grapefruit oil with any carrier oil
and give your sore feet a rub down. This
essential oil has wonderful
anti-inflammatory properties. For best
results, leave it on overnight.
15. Chill The Swelling
and trusted, our ever-faithful ice pack, can
help here too. Use a commercial ice pack on
your swollen feet or you can even make one
at home. Take small ice cubes or crushed ice
in a wet towel or washcloth and apply it all
over your swollen, stiff feet. This remedy
works most of the time.
16. Banish The C-A-C:
just made up that code! It simply stands for
Cigarettes, Alcohol and Caffeine. These
three addictive elements are best removed
from your lifestyle. It really helps in
reducing foot oedema, if nothing else. These
three create water retention in the body.
Whenever fluids build up, they mostly travel
to the feet. It is a good reason to think
17. Cabbage Leaves:
this peculiar remedy, take cabbage leaves
(white or green), wipe them clean, but do
not wash them. You may like it more if the
leaves have been cooled in the fridge (but
not frozen). Place them on your swollen feet
or tie them there with a loose bandage.
Cabbage has great water absorption qualities
and will draw out excess fluid in the feet
within 30 minutes.
18. Dandelion Tea:
pretty sounding herb has pretty good effects
on swollen feet! Make a dandelion tea by
adding the herb to boiling water and
allowing it to steep for a while. Have 1-2
cups per day till you find relief from foot
oedema. Dandelion has water expulsive
properties and is also rich in antioxidants.
19. Cool It With
very name is soothing, isn’t it? Apply
slices of cucumber to your feet and cover
them with a loose bandage. Cucumber has
amazing soothing properties that will reduce
oedema and stiffness, and make your feet
feel immensely relieved. You can also
extract the juice of cucumber and add it to
water to get similar results.
20. Viva Vitamin:
that you take extra amounts of foods rich in
Vitamin E – the beauty vitamin. Foods such
as green leafy vegetables, almonds,
pistachios, sweet potatoes are replete with
this vitamin. It is useful in alleviating
swelling and stiffness of the feet.
all of these remedies might work for you.
However, treating yourself with these home
remedies isn’t enough. You swollen feet need
rest more than anything else. Don’t
overstrain your feet by abusing them all day
long. Before long, you might become a victim
to painful cramps and the oedema might even
spread to the legs and knees.
might even look into some alternative
therapies like acupressure, acupuncture and
homoeopathy if you find that simple home
remedies do not produce long-lasting
results. However, for most people (including
me) these home remedies help put you back on
your feet in a jiffy!