Do You Suffer From Swollen Feet Or Ankles?
Swollen feet and ankles are a particularly common problem. The medical name for this condition is oedema and this occurs when fluid is retained outside of the cells of the body. Feet and ankles normally swell up when there is something wrong with the foot itself, such as a sprain or fracture, or this may be associated with surgery, high blood pressure, being overweight, during pregnancy or due to excessive salt in our diet. These are just some of the main reasons for swollen feet and ankles.
Gravity pulls fluids down to the legs and ankles and under normal circumstances the contraction of muscles in the legs compresses the veins and helps counteract gravity by moving blood back to the heart. Inactivity and the way you sit can contribute to fluids moving from the blood into the surrounding tissues.
In addition to the swelling, inactivity greatly increases the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which is a serious condition where a blood clot forms in the deep veins within the muscles. The biggest concern with the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins is the risk that this clot may dislodge and shoot to the lungs. If the clot is big enough then this can be fatal.
Here are my tips for those who suffer from swollen feet:
- Get Moving – get into the habit of moving around whether at home or whilst on an airplane. This will help to get the circulation working and thus prevent water retention in the legs and ankles.
- Stay Hydrated – dehydration causes the constriction of blood vessels leading to the forcing of fluids into the extracellular spaces between cells leading to retention particularly in the lower limbs. Reduce beverages containing caffeine as they contribute to dehydration
- Reduce Salt Intake – many of the foods we eat already contain salt naturally as well as in many cases salt is added to ready-made meals. Salt causes you to retain water in the body and aside from causing swelling it puts a burden on the heart and kidneys.
- Massage – regularly massage your legs and ankles with Pure Magnesium Oil Spray mixed in with your body lotion or a light base oil such as grapeseed oil will help not only to alleviate pain but enhance your circulation. Alternatively use Go-Figure by Tempe Spa which contains the multiple benefits of ginger, ginseng and guarana to enhance local circulation.
- Supplement – with Diosmin Plus which contains a comprehensive blend of herbs and nutrients that work to enhance circulation as well as strengthening the veins and the valves within these veins preventing fluids from accumulating in the lower limbs. Diosmin Plus also helps to reduce inflammation within the arteries and veins which can result in the loss of fluids into the spaces between cells outside of the circulatory system. It is for these reasons that Diosmin Plus is suitable for use with many vascular disorders such as varicose veins, spider veins, haemorrhoids, cold hands and feet and other circulatory disorders.
Assuming that you have checked with your GP that there are no underlying medical reasons for your swollen legs and ankles then the use of remedies such as Diosmin Plus together with the appropriate strategies mentioned above should help to relieve this concern quickly and safely.