A very common complaint of people when they age is swelling of their legs and feet. Whether it's due to weight gain, old age, or pregnancy, it's very hard to avoid swelling in your feet. Swelling in you legs is caused by your body's inability to fight gravity and pump the fluid back up against the gradient. There are many ways to prevent swelling of your legs:
- 1.) Compression stockings. Compression stockings provide pain relief and prevent fluid collection in your legs, ankles and feet. Many patients complain they're too tight or too loose. We here at Gentle Touch Foot Care will fit you and make sure you get the socks appropriate for you legs.
- 2.) Elevation. Prop your legs up on a coffee table to help decrease swelling. Elevation aids your body against gravity forces that cause swelling.
- 3.) Exercise. Sitting or standing in one place for too long can increase swelling. Move your knees, and flex and extend your ankles for relief.
It also depends on your lifestyle. If you are pregnant, as soon as the baby is born the swelling will decrease. Losing weight can help many of your medical problems, especially those of the feet. Also, if there are wear and tear on your shoes, it may be time to get them refurbished. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of heel pain it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it affects your quality of life. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.