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5 Top Tips To Ease Swollen Feet & Ankles In The Heat

Aug 14, 2022

We are at the end of Ireland's Heatwave this week, (or so we think!), and while the weather is beautiful it can be uncomfortable for some people.

If your feet tend to swell during the warmer weather, you should know that this is quite common.

It occurs as a result of your body’s natural cooling device, it can be intensified by a number of different factors such as age and diet.

Today, Owner & Podiatrist of South Dublin Podiatry, Wioleta Kilmek talks about why your feet tend to swell in warmer weather, and what you can do to ease this uncomfortable condition. 

 

If the hot weather is causing your swelling, there are a number natural ways you can improve poor circulation, help return fluid to your blood vessels, and cool down your feet and ankles.

 

Here are some tips to help you:

 

  1. Put your feet up. 

One of the first things you should do to help diminish the swelling would be to elevate your feet/legs higher than your heart, about 3 or 4 times a day for 30 minutes each.

 

  1. Stay out of the heat as much as possible.

 If you are prone to swelling when it is hot, try to stay as cool as possible. To do this: 

  • Sit in shaded areas or stay in air-conditioned rooms whenever possible.
  • Use a small fan to keep cool;
  • Apply a cooling foot spray;
  • Avoid overly hot baths, showers, and saunas
  • At the end of a shower, blast your legs with a jet of cold water to boost circulation.

 

  1. Remain active. 

Although intense and excessive exercise or activity can contribute to swelling in the ankles and/or feet, calm exercise such as walking and swimming is good for you as it helps to boost your circulation and release the fluid buildup

 

  1. Stay hydrated. 

Not drinking enough water can make the concentration of salt in your blood to rise, which makes your body retain any water you drink and cause swelling!

Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of plain water a day (try adding slices of cucumber and lemon t 

  1. Watch your diet. 

To reduce your risk of getting swollen feet and ankles, it’s best to look at a lower-sodium alternative or lower-salt types of foods which are usually high in salts, such as sauces, crisps, smoked meats, and soups. Try to avoid highly processed foods as these often have a high salt content.

 

Follow these tips from Wioleta Kilmek At South Dublin Podiatry and you’ll enjoy happy and healthy feet this summer.

If you’re experiencing any issues with your feet, contact us today at 📞01 9012009

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