According to one fashion expert, celebs sometimes go up a size or two when they wear heels for a long period of time to avoid swollen feet.
Reportedly, one “trick-of-the-trade is to stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool, and this can be taken out once they feel they need a bit more room in their shoes.”
But swelling in the feet, ankles and legs – also known as edema or water retention – is also a common problem among us boomers. While many of us may already avoid high heels, we still have to be concerned about swollen feet and ankles.
When we consider that the normal water content in our bodies is between 45 and 55 percent, it’s not at all surprising that this water sometimes pools where it shouldn’t.
As with other aspects of getting older, gravity is not our friend here either since it makes the swelling more noticeable in our lower extremities than it would be, for instance, in our hands.
While there are many things that can make our feet and ankles swell, all of them can be put in to one of three categories.
The first are things that we do every day – many of which we do without much awareness:
Second, there are more than 1,000 different medications that can cause swelling or worsen any swelling we may already have. Some of the more common ones are:
Third, various physical conditions and diseases can also cause or make swelling worse. At last count, there were over 100, including:
Independent of what is causing our swelling, there are things we can to reduce it and make ourselves more comfortable. These include:
While knowing how to treat our swelling is important, it’s even more important to try to get to its root cause so that we can take steps to prevent it rather than just treating its symptoms.
A good first step is talking with our doctor about having our mineral and other nutrient levels checked since any imbalance could trigger or exacerbate water retention and swelling.
We should also make an appointment to see our doctor as soon as possible if:
And if we have any of the following symptoms, we should get immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room:
While swelling is something most of us need to contend with as boomers, there is a lot we can do to minimize its impact on the quality of our lives. But just remember that while most swelling may be a minor annoyance, it also can signal other health issues. So be sure to get medical help when indicated.
What is your experience with swollen ankles? How often do you have them? What home remedies have worked for you and which haven’t? Have you ever spoken with your health care provider about it? What did they say? Tell us about it. Please join the conversation.
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