Postpartum Care For Swollen Ankles and Feet

Written by Dr Dana Elliott Srither

If you are suffering from swollen ankles and feet, there is little you can do except wait for the swelling to decrease. However here are some simple remedies you can try to alleviate some of the discomfort.

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Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet or legs is called peripheral edema and is quite common among new mothers. If you are suffering from swollen ankles and feet, there is little you can do except wait for the swelling to decrease. However here are some simple remedies you can try to alleviate some of the discomfort.

Elevate your feet - Resting your feet up on a stool, box or pile of books when you sit down will help excess fluid drain from your feet and ankles.

Don’t cross your legs – Sitting with your legs crossed can make any fluid retention worse so try and remember to sit with your feet flat on the floor or crossed at the ankles instead.

Avoid salty foods – Salty foods cause you to hang onto extra water so try and minimise them wherever possible. This includes salt-laden ready meals as well as ‘typically’ salty foods such as salted nuts and crisps.

Stretch your legs – If you sit at a desk all day make sure you take regular breaks to walk around and stretch your legs, again giving your circulation a much-needed boost. Periodically pointing and flexing your toes and rotating your ankles will also help to keep blood and fluid moving.

Wear support tights – While tight ankle socks can cut into your swollen legs and be hugely uncomfortable, waist high support tights can actually help to reduce uncomfortable swelling so if you’re suffering they’re definitely worth a try.

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