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What foods Help with Swollen Feet?

 
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Are there foods or herbs that help with swollen feet?  My ankles do not appear to be swollen just my feet and not the toe area, either. This has been going on for about a month and some days it is better.

I have been trying for the last year to drink as much water as possible. I know I drink at least 64 oz, plus more since I add ice.  I am sure this is probably not enough water though I am doing the best I can.  Sometimes I get so sick of water ...

Since we are still doing self-quarantine and I see no end in my future, I need recommendations of things that can be purchased online.

My blood pressure meds contain 12.5 mg and I do have a previous prescription for 25mg hydrochlorothiazide.  I have not taken the extra yet.

I understand about raising my legs above my heart, which I will start doing tonight.  I purchased compression socks that will be here in the middle of next week.

I thought I would try wearing my compression pants tomorrow to see if they will help.

I will be grateful for any suggestions.





 
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I know some blood pressure medicines have swollen ankles as a side effect but I don't know about swollen feet. Magnesium supplements or magnesium rich foods might help.
 
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There are TONS of herbal diuretics.  If that is what you need, let me know.  Otherwise, have you ever tried putting ferns in your shoes and your socks while you sleep?  It sounds crazy, I know, but it is an old German Folk Medicine remedy that people swear by.  Any kind of fern seems to work.  I don't know why... but it does.
 
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I use fennel seeds, just chewing them up. I love the simplicity. I also, at seperate times made a tea with  burdock leaves or parsley.
 
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manganese is supposed to be good to reduce swelling, oatmeal has manganese
 
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What has changed in the past month...if this is new, I would be personally wondering what had changed and caused the swelling.

Is there any chance the water is the issue (salt from a well/softner?).

Is there a health issue that may be worsening that needs attention?

For me, I would want to know the "why" before I "treated" symptoms.

When you say swollen, is there an indentation left when you poke it with your finger? If so, this is potentially serious (can be or lead to cellulitis) and should ideally be checked out by an MD through some blood work.

My spouse was having edema issues causing swelling in the lower extremities, compression socks have made a huge issue, but his meds DID need adjusting, as well.
 
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Thanks, everyone for the suggestions.

I take a magnesium pill every day and used a spray of magnesium bath salts on my legs last night.

After elevating my feet for three hours last night the swelling went down considerably and this morning there is none though I expect as the day goes on it will come back.

Before posting the only foods I had seen were watermelon and cucumber which are not available.

Joylynn, I will see if I can get fennel as I know I don't have that one.

Lorinne said, "What has changed in the past month...if this is new, I would be personally wondering what had changed and caused the swelling.

Is there any chance the water is the issue (salt from a well/softner?).



I thought of that ... the only thing I added was 1/2 cup of coffee to make mocha since water is so boring and venison summer sausage. As of today, the sausage will be gone and I did not fix the mocha.

Our water is well water that is reverse osmosis.  Would it be good to add some minerals?  If so how and which ones?
 
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Sausage: was this an unusual staple? Could it have had a high sodium content; at least more so than was normal in your diet?

Well water: my mention of that was that some areas have hard water; salt is often used as a softener.

My thoughts were, had your sodium intake possibly increased/changed due to diet or circumstances.   It seems everywhere has been over warm and dry this year; increased sodium, warmer temps, different or higher levels of physical activity may be an explanation for your symptoms.
 
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Not a food recommendation but an action that might help.

Look into dry brushing, there are lots of youtube videos on how to do it. You can just use your hands or a washcloth instead of a brush and using very very light pressure move your hand/brush from your toes to your knees. It seems like it couldn’t help but it does move lymph fluid (and the waste in contains) past the lymph systems valves and on its way out of your body. Dry brushing is usually promoted for beautiful skin, a combination of exfoliating and lymph movement.

I’ve got lymphedema in my lower legs (my legs swell up until the skin leaks lymphatic fluid) and drybrushing helps a lot. The lymphatic system is ancient and moves fluid by using the small movements you make all the time. In the case of raising your legs above you, by gravity. There are tiny one way valves along the way keeping fluid from draining back. Moving your feet and legs more might also help.

So to keep this kitchen-y use a small glass and get a drink of water more frequently, the walk will help move that fluid along.
 
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Lorinne Anderson wrote:Sausage: was this an unusual staple? Could it have had a high sodium content; at least more so than was normal in your diet?



It was a Christmas gift from one of our hunters so this is not something normal in my diet.  It did not taste salty. It was venison from our ranch that had been processed at a deer processor that makes sausage as a sideline.

Well water: my mention of that was that some areas have hard water; salt is often used as a softener.



We don't have a water softener now though I understand as we have had them in the past.

My thoughts were, had your sodium intake possibly increased/changed due to diet or circumstances.   It seems everywhere has been over warm and dry this year; increased sodium, warmer temps, different or higher levels of physical activity may be an explanation for your symptoms.



Unlike everyone else, we have had a cooler summer, more rain, etc. No higher physical activities, etc,

Actually, I have cut back on the salty stuff I was eating.

So far no problems today.  I made some jello with cranberry sauce and the other things that I did that might be helping.
 
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