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Relieving swollen feet

By Njoki Chege

Tired of wearing those huge ugly sandals to work because of your swollen feet and ankles?

You will be surprised that you can cure your swollen feet with locally available home remedies.

One of the most effective treatment for swollen feet is the consumption of foods containing diuretic properties. These foods help flush out excessive fluids from the body, thereby relieving swollen feet caused by edema.

Luckily, there are endless natural foods with diuretic properties. Remember, to however, always take them in moderation.

Beetroots, cabbages, cucumber, lettuce, watermelon, tomatoes, green tea and cranberry juice are some of the foods you can stock up your fridge, in order to reduce the swelling in your feet. You can be creative and play around with these foods by blending a concoction of beetroot, watermelon, tomatoes and a pinch of sugar or honey.

Other home remedies include practicing yoga movements such as ‘Pranayama’. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you. Rotate your feet first in a clock-wise direction and then in the anti-clockwise direction. Do this ten to 15 times daily.

This helps in blood circulation, which in turn will assist in reducing the swelling in your feet. You can also mix a teaspoon of fresh lime juice in lukewarm water and drink this concoction daily. This will work effectively to reduce the swelling in your feet.

Using ice to soothe swollen feet is also a good home remedy especially during pregnancy. Make sure you sleep on your left side as by doing so, the pressure on the uterus decreases a little and the feet swelling will also subside.

Keep your feet in an elevated position whenever you can as this will regulate the blood circulation to some extent. Avoid sitting or standing continuously for long durations.

Instead, get up and move around a little. Whenever you are seated, rotate your ankles, wiggle your toes and flex your feet a little in order to regulate the blood circulation. Opt for footwear that is comfortable.

Avoid wearing tight stockings as they will restrict the blood circulation. However, you can wear support stockings that are comfortable to provide extra support to your feet.