How to Treat Swollen Feet

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Swollen feet are a symptom of an underlying problem, you can get them from a sports injury, pregnancy, heart disease, fluid retention, kidney problems or another condition. Follow these steps to treat a swollen foot. If your feet swell chronically, see your doctor.

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Things You'll Need

  • Diuretics
  • Pillows
  • Cotton Socks
    • 1

      Sit down and stay off your feet.

    • 2

      Remove shoes and socks.

    • 3

      Elevate your feet and legs. Place a pillow under your heels, and prop your feet on a chair or high stool.

    • 4

      Soak your feet in cool water.

    • 5

      Reduce your salt intake. Salt causes you to retain water.

    • 6

      Take diuretics if prescribed by your doctor. Diuretics increase urination by pulling excess fluid out of your cellular tissues.

    • 7

      See a cardiologist if your swollen feet are due to heart problems. When a heart is damaged, it has trouble pumping blood effectively and efficiently, causing bodily fluids to pool in the feet. Heart-muscle-strengthening drugs can help reduce swelling in the feet.

    • 8

      Practice good health habits. Proper nutrition and daily exercise improve the health of your cardiovascular system and your circulation, helping to reduce the tendency of your feet to swell.

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