Thursday, April 17, 2014



Edema foot and ankle swelling care

Edema is the accumulation of exceeds fluid in the body, usually in the feet and ankles. Persistent edema have a serious cause such as kidney, heart liver disease. Temporary edema may result from the intake of salty foods and usually will resolve itself in a few days.

Many mistakenly believe that the answer to edema is to decrease their fluid intake when, in fact, the exact opposite is true. Increases fluid intake is necessary to flush the water – retaining salt from the cells.

    • Increase fluid intake, reduce salt.
    • Increase exercise, such as walking which help the fluid move from the feet and legs.
    • Avoid caffeine, fried foods, soy sauce, pickles, olives and dairy products.
    • Alfalfa or parsley tea will aid in the removal of fluid from the body tissues. 

     Specially during pregnancy

    • Put your feet up whenever possible. At work, it helps to keep a stool or pile of books under your desk.
    • Don't cross your legs or ankles while sitting.
    • Stretch your legs frequently while sitting: Stretch your leg out, heel first, and gently flex your foot to stretch your calf muscles. Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes.
    • Take regular breaks from sitting or standing. A short walk every so often will help keep your blood from pooling in your lower extremities.
    • Wear comfortable shoes that stretch to accommodate any swelling in your feet.
    • Don't wear socks or stockings that have tight bands around the ankles or calves.
    • Try waist-high maternity support stockings. Put them on before you get out of bed in the morning so blood doesn't have a chance to pool around your ankles.
    • Drink plenty of water. Surprisingly, this helps your body retain less water.
    • Exercise regularly, especially by walking, swimming, or riding an exercise bike. Or try a water aerobics class – immersion in water may temporarily help reduce swelling, particularly if the water level is up near your shoulders.
    • Eat well, and avoid junk food.