Regular physical exercise is important for preventing swelling in your feet. Exercise stimulates circulation and prevents blood from pooling in your lower extremities.
- Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do to lessen swelling and relieve inflammation and pain.
- Enjoy 30 minutes of walking or jogging, at least 5 days a week.
- Do some leg strengthening and stretching exercises.
- Do some yoga daily to help improve your circulation.
Magnesium deficiency in the body can also contribute to swelling in the feet due to edema. Eat foods rich in magnesium to help fight this problem.
- Eat magnesium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, soybeans, avocado, bananas and dark chocolate.
- You can also take magnesium supplements, but only after consulting your doctor.
Note: People with heart or kidney disease should avoid taking magnesium supplements.
- To reduce swelling, elevate your legs so that they are above the level of heart.
- Limit your salt and caffeine intake, as they are common causes of foot swelling.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned versions, which often contain added salt for preservation.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and promote detoxification.
- Avoid sitting for long hours. Take short breaks and walk around a bit.
- During long journeys in a car, plane, bus or train, consider wearing compression socks to prevent foot inflammation.