By Nov 03, 2022

Keep Your Feet Swelling to a Minimum

a doctor examining a woman's swollen feet and legs

We all know the feeling of coming home after a long day on our feet, removing our shoes, and noticing our feet swelling bigger than they usually are. This can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Do you wonder about causes and cures for foot swelling? Let us give you the skinny on feet swelling so you can feel better at the end of the day!

Feet Swelling Causes

Gravity Causes Feet Swelling

When you spend a lot of time on your feet, gravity can pull blood from your blood vessels, letting it pool in the tissues of the lower extremities.

Heat and Dehydration Contribute to Feet Swelling

If the weather is particularly hot, such as in the summer, foot swelling can be a problem for many people. This is because when your body is extra warm, it causes veins to expand and relax, which brings more blood and fluid to the surrounding tissues than is normal.

Diet May Be Influencing Your Feet Swelling

The amount of salt we consume varies with the seasons. We tend to eat salt-saturated foods more in the summer and autumn because of the festivals and other festivities we attend. When you take in salty foods, your body gets more sodium than it should, which makes it hard for your body to flush extra fluids. This can lead to foot swelling and swelling in other parts of your body.

Feet Swelling is Common in Pregnancy

Feet swelling during pregnancy is usually due to water retention, hormone imbalances, and increased hormones in the body. However, if the swelling is excessive, sudden, or also affects your hands and face, it could be a sign of preeclampsia, and you should consult your doctor.

Ill-Fitting Shoes can Cause Feet Swelling

When you wear shoes that are too tight, pinch your feet, or narrow, your circulation can suffer, which causes foot swelling. Wearing comfortable walking shoes can help reduce the swelling you have at the end of the day.

Underlying Medical Problems

On most occasions, foot swelling is annoying but harmless. With that said, foot swelling can be a symptom of underlying causes such as lymphedema, venous insufficiency, blood clot, or heart, liver, or kidney diseases. If your foot swelling is more than an occasional occurrence, is painful, or does not go away with home treatments, seek medical attention.

At Home Treatments for Feet Swelling

Most foot swelling episodes can be successfully treated in your home.

Hydrate

Drink plenty of water (about 8 cups per day for adults) to help lower the sodium in your body. Water can also help cool your body and keep your temperature down, so you will have decreased foot swelling from heat.

Elevate

When you get home after a long day on your feet, elevating your feet can help reverse the gravity effect and get the blood flowing more naturally.

Diet

Well, at least watch your salt intake. Being a little more diligent about what you put into your body can make a difference in your foot swelling.

Wear the Most Comfortable Shoes

Shoes that are too tight can cut off your circulation, increase heat and raise your risk for a foot injury and foot swelling.

KURU is the first to offer ergonomic shoes built on an anatomical last. This means the last used to create your shoes is most correctly, like your foot. Because of KURU’s anatomical last, your foot is allowed the space and wiggle room to splay your toes the way nature intended. KURU offers shoes with a wide toe box, which promotes healthy circulation to help prevent and relieve foot swelling at the end of the day.

Comfortable shoes for men and women can help eliminate painful foot swelling so you can do more and go longer. Imagine how thankful you will feel knowing that your comfortable shoes prevent injury and further your quality of life and happiness.

Choose a stylish pair of KURU’s best shoes for swollen feet for a more ergonomic and anatomically correct fit, promoting full body health and the cessation of foot swelling.
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