Thanks to our feet, we’re able to get to some pretty cool places. However, when the humidity sets in, if you’re pregnant, or if you carry around a bit of excess weight, you might be the victim of swollen feet and ankles on a regular basis.
Luckily, along with resting your tender tootsies, there are plenty of effective home remedies to treat painfully swollen feet at home so you can get back out and enjoy the world…
1. Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salts work magic on painfully swollen feet. There are a lot of reasons feet can swell and the accompanying pain can cause a lot of discomfort. Dissolving a few cups in your bathwater will do the trick on fatigued tootsies, calves, and ankles. If you don’t want to waste water on a full bath, you can always prepare an Epsom salt foot bath in a shallow bucket of water. Soak your feet for at least 15-20 minutes, longer if you have the time.
Some health professionals recommend using Epsom salts for swelling, but also for feet that are injured or infected, and even for arthritis. These salts are quite low in price with potentially great benefits for overall foot health. Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate that is absorbed through the skin – the reason why these salts are so successful at reducing swelling and improving blood circulation. An added bonus? They’ll also make and keep your feet smelling good for longer and sooth dry skin.
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