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Unexpected leg swelling?

Posted on Sep 17, 2017

Unexpected leg swelling?

Not uncommon this time of year, swelling (also known as edema) can be triggered as the temperature soars leading to fluid buildup in your body. Gravity takes over and does the rest.

Proper support is key to prevention. It's tempting to default to open shoes but a choose a shoe that offers a good arch support. Reducing stress on your feet will keep inflammation out. For added support you may consider the proper orthotic.

Exercises are key. Start a simple foot exercising routine. Write the A-B-C's with your toes. The foot muscles make excellent "pumps" to move fluid.

Elevation is key. While resting elevate your feet so your heel is above your knee. Also avoid a salty diet, maintain a good blood pressure, wear compression stockings. If you have swelling that is persistent or sudden onset then you may need to see a physician.