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Reducing discomfort of swelling

 

There is nothing you can do to avoid swelling but there are ways to minimise its discomfort.

  • When sitting elevate feet as often as possible if you work at a desk, use two phone books or a stool, or pull out the bottom drawer of your file cabinet and prop upyourfeet.
  • At home, prop up legs as often as possible on a table. Or sit sideways on couch with your back against the arm and legs resting on sofa cushions.
  • Lying down on your back, place one pillow under thigh and a second one under calves and heels.
  • While standing, do foot circles with pointed toes, alternating the feet.
  • Walking and mild exercise will also circulate extra fluids.
  • Wear low-heeled comfortable shoes.
  • Wear support pantyhose to give legs additional support.
  • If your hands swell a lot, try to sleep with one pillow under each shoulder and wrist.
  • Cut down on your salt intake. Don't eat salty snacks such as chips.
  • Since some swelling is normal, do not use any type of medication like diuretics. If swelling becomes abnormal check with yourdoctor.
 
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