Feet are often one of the most forgotten body parts until they start to give us trouble. In fact, many elderly people suffer from swollen feet – a condition that can be painful and frustrating.
If you or an elderly loved one are experiencing swollen feet, you should begin by informing your doctor about it. They'll assist you in narrowing down the probable causes and determining whether or not your swelling is a sign of a more serious underlying illness.
Swollen feet can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Excess fluid retention: This is often the case when swollen feet are accompanied by swollen ankles. When fluid retention is the cause of swollen feet, you may notice that your feet look puffy and feel firm to the touch. Excess fluid retention can be caused by a number of things, including pregnancy, certain medications, and heart or kidney problems.
- Poor circulation: When blood flow to the feet is reduced, it can cause fluid to build up in the tissues of the feet, leading to swelling. Poor circulation can be caused by a number of things, including smoking, obesity, and diabetes.
- Venous insufficiency: This occurs when the valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart are not working properly. This can cause blood to pool in the legs and feet, leading to swelling.
- Oedema (also known as Edema): This is a condition in which the tissues of the body are damaged, causing them to leak fluid. Oedema can be caused by a number of things, including sunburn, insect bites, and certain medications.
Here are some helpful tips for reducing swollen feet.
- Elevating the feet: This can help reduce swelling by decreasing the pooling of blood in the feet. Elevate feet above their heart for 30 minutes each day.
- Wearing supportive shoes: Shoes that provide support and cushioning can help to reduce foot pain and swelling.
- Using compression socks or stockings can also be helpful in reducing swelling. They work by gently squeezing the foot and ankle, which helps promote circulation and reduce fluid accumulation.
- Add safety by providing non-slip socks, and grab bars in the bathroom to avoid falls and slips
- Exercising: Regular exercise can help to promote circulation and reduce fluid retention. Encouragement to move around frequently throughout the day, even if it is just for a short walk. This will help promote circulation and prevent stagnation.
- Making dietary changes: Eating a healthy diet can help to reduce fluid retention and promote circulation. Foods that are high in fiber and low in salt can be especially helpful.
- Taking over-the-counter medications: this can help to reduce pain and swelling. Make sure to see your doctor first before taking any medication.
Treatment for swollen feet will vary depending on the underlying cause. In most cases, however, simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Keep your feet happy and healthy!
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This is general advice only. Please consult your doctor for medical advice regarding swallen feet.