Ways to combat swollen ankles and feet
Oedema (swollen feet and ankles in common in pregnancy and hot weather, these tricks can help
Swollen feet and ankles, oedema, is a common side effect of pregnancy and certainly more of an issue in the hot weather.
Although the condition isn’t harmful, it is uncomfortable but there are some surprising natural remedies that can help…take a look.
1. Try a magnesium supplement
Oedema can be caused by a lack of magnesium in the body so taking a supplement can help. If you’re pregnant you should talk to your doctor or midwife before taking a supplement.
2. Soak your feet in tonic water
Certainly one of the stranger remedies, but soaking your feet in room temperature – or cold tonic water can help relieve the swelling. The quinine and the bubbles can help reduce inflammation.
3. Or try a salt water soak
Add a healthy dose of Epsom salts to your bath and you’ll see a huge difference to your swollen feet and ankles after.
4. Try some yoga
Exercise in general helps circulation, and yoga is a really good way to get moving and focus on your circulatory system. If you haven’t done yoga before, it’s worth discussing with your doctor or midwife
5. Try grapefruit essential oil
Try soaking your feet in a bowl with grapefruit essential oil or add a few drops to your bath, it will help ease the swelling. You can also add olive or sweet almond oil and massage your feet and ankles. As you rub your feet, ankles, and calves, focus your pressure upward or in a circular motion.
6. Wear support tights
Support tights can prevent swelling, especially from being on your feet. You can find compression socks that are knee or thigh-high or full-on compression stockings.
7. Elevate your feet whenever possible
Gravity is your enemy when suffering with oedema, so elevate your feet at every opportunity! When you’re relaxing in the evening, prop your legs up on some pillows. Ideally, you want your feet above your heart.
8. Take a swim
Swimming or even simply floating in water can help swollen feet and ankles. The pressure from the water can help get things moving in your legs, and floating gives your circulatory system a break from the pull of gravity.
9. Drink plenty of water
Excess salt is a big contributor to swelling, and upping your fluid intake can help dilute the salt in your system. It sounds a lot, but aim for 8-10 glasses of water per day. Add cucumber and lemon to your water as both these fruits have anti-inflammatory properties which could help more.