Many people regularly suffer from thick and swollen feet. This is a difficult condition that can really cause a lot of inconvenience. Especially if we sit still for a long time, our feet can quickly become thicker. It is usually not really painful, but it gives an unpleasant feeling. It is more common in older people, but young people can also be affected by this condition. Those who are prone to swollen feet can take a number of measures to prevent or at least reduce the burden.
- When do we speak of fat feet?
- Edema causes swollen feet
- What can be the cause of swollen feet?
- Prevention measures, the most important of which is more exercise
- Support stockings
When do we speak of fat feet?
We can speak of swollen feet if the feet and/or ankles show swelling. This can be on both feet, but sometimes only one foot is involved. The fluid balance is disturbed and this can have various causes. One of the causes may be heart failure or a thrombosed leg. It is therefore necessary that if you suffer from these complaints, a medical examination is first carried out. A number of causes can then be ruled out. In most cases, thick and swollen feet are caused by chronic venous insufficiency. Due to higher pressure in the veins, fluid is not drained properly.
Edema causes swollen feet
Edema is an excessive accumulation of fluid. This can occur in different parts of the body and also in the feet and around the ankles. It occurs when more moisture is supplied than can be removed. Edema causes rapid weight gain. There are different forms of edema, such as lymphedema. In this case, there is too much lymph fluid in the feet or legs. Edema can be diagnosed by pressing firmly on the skin. If “pits” or a hole remain, there may be edema and a doctor should be contacted.
What can be the cause of swollen feet?
We can name a number of causes such as:
- Long flight or long car trip
- Sitting in one position for a long time
- Standing for long periods of time
- Old age
- Fluid retention during menstruation
- Heat during the summer
Prevention measures, the most important of which is more exercise
There are a number of tips to reduce swollen feet. Consider:
- Move more
- Drink more
- Eating products that remove moisture
- Eat less salt
- Elevate your feet a little when sleeping
- Place your feet on a bench during a rest break
- Water tablets
- Support stockings
More exercise generally has a beneficial effect on swollen feet. However, this is difficult to achieve during a long flight. This can be solved to some extent by regularly doing gymnastics with the feet, mainly moving the toes and trying to rotate the ankle. In everyday situations, a walk of at least half an hour twice a day is very important. In Spain, where it is very hot in the summer months, we often see women taking a brisk walk together around ten o’clock in the evening to shrink the fat feet that have developed during the day. If we exercise more, this has beneficial consequences for:
- Improving metabolism
- Good blood circulation
- Better moisture balance
If people suffer from swollen feet, they tend to limit fluid intake. This is not good. It is important to take extra fluids to stimulate blood circulation.
Eating products that remove moisture
There are products that help to wick away moisture, but they do not work sufficiently for everyone. In any case, we can think of:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green tea
Drinking extra green tea in particular helps us maintain fluid levels and has a diuretic effect.
Eat less salt
In general, our foods contain a lot of salt. It is therefore wise to add as little salt as possible to your food and to check the amount of salt on product labels.
Elevate your feet a little when sleeping
If you have a bed where the various parts can be adjusted, it is wise to raise the foot end slightly. It is also possible to place a slightly larger cushion under the feet. This also promotes flow.
Place your feet on a bench during a rest break
It seems like something that is only intended for old people, but in fact it is often very sufficient for people who suffer from swollen feet to rest their feet on a bench. It is also wise to sit with your feet on the couch in the evening. Maybe not as fun, but it certainly helps.
Many people are given diuretic tablets by their GP to remove fluid more quickly. However, it is not wise to reach for medicines too quickly. Only do this if your GP prescribes it and first check whether other remedies are not sufficient. Every medicine also has side effects and prevention is better than cure.
People who suffer from thick and swollen feet for a long time are sometimes fitted with support stockings. This can be very sufficient, but it is very warm in the summer, for example. But then the condition is often worse. We must remember that if we use support stockings, this must be done correctly. So immediately before walking around in the morning, the stockings must be put on. If one has walked first, the effect is much less. Support stockings are also aids that should be purchased in consultation with the doctor.