In general terms, EDEMA, also known as dropsy, is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissues, which leads to swelling.
In the vast majority of cases of edema, some patients find that their feet swell gradually throughout the day so that in the afternoon, their shoes can not fit on their feet, and they feel pain.
This inflammation can occur in a particular part of the body, for example, due to an injury, or it can be more widespread.
Mild edema is common and usually harmless. However, it can be excruciating and indicative of a severe illness.
What causes swelling in the feet?
- Immobility and standing for long periods.
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid disease
- Liver disease.
- Chronic lung disease.
- Use of the contraceptive pill.
- Varicose veins
- Blood clots.
Treatment for swelling in the feet
You should always consult your doctor if you are persistently suffering from swollen feet so that the underlying cause can be diagnosed and treated correctly.
However, there are many ways in which you can help yourself. You can:
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Elevate the feet as often as possible. Try to elevate them so that they are at the level of your heart.
- Exercise regularly, for example, walking or swimming.
- Use compression stockings.
- Wear wide shoes that have a buckle connection so they can be lengthened as you go
- the day.
Reduce the consumption of salt.
Yoga: This is an excellent form of exercise that tends to focus on the circulatory system
Grapefruit Essential Oil: Add a few drops to warm water (not hot) and immerse the feet for five to 10 minutes.
Massage: A trained therapist can help to manipulate the fluid from the affected areas. If you are pregnant, you should consult a therapist specializing in massage related to pregnancy.
Drink more water: This may seem strange, but the water will dilute the excessive salts in the system that may cause retention.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
Limit the consumption of red meats, especially cured meats that tend to have a high sodium content.