If you’re anything like me – and pretty much anyone I know – you want to feel skinny and svelte. Few things make my mood tank as much as having any part of my body bloated or swollen and yet swollen feet, legs, and ankles are very common. Here are few things you can try to prevent your gams from expanding because no one should have to struggle to slip into their jeans or pumps!
- Wear Graduated Compression Stockings. Compression stockings act like an added layer of muscle, which helps to boost circulation. They’re also tight at the ankle and looser as they go up, which helps prevent swelling and vein formation. It’s not glam, but if you want the best chance of finding a remedy try out a pair, which you can get at most medical supply stores.
- Exercise! It’s not only good for feel-good-endorphins, vascular health, and a more streamlined physique, but it improves venous circulation of the legs. “Exercise is very good for vascular health, as it improves venous circulation of the legs by strengthening the ‘second heart,’” says Dr. Luis Navarro, founder and director of The Vein Treatment Center. “We understand as the ‘second heart,’ the muscles of the calf and foot, together with their veins, which with every muscle contraction help push venous blood towards the heart. Any type of exercise that strengthens the ‘second heart’ is beneficial, running, cycling, swimming, walking, etc.”
- Long airplane trips or car rides can often lead to swelling – but so can standing for a long time. Make sure to balance sitting with moving around/stretching for optimal blood flow.
- When you’re in bed keep your legs raised up above your heart using a pillow.
- Avoid salt and salty foods as they cause swelling and fluid retention. On the flip side you’ll want to up your water intake.
- Make sure the pants you’re wearing aren’t too tight.
- Take a warm bath with essential oils or a salt water soak with Epsom salts.
- Get a massage that focuses on your problem areas.