How to reduce the swelling in your feet and ankles

Swollen feet and ankles are a common complaint and in most cases aren’t anything to get worried about. Especially if you are doing a lot of walking or standing for long periods. The swelling is usually only temporary but as it can cause discomfort, you may still want to take measures to reduce the swelling.

Some quick and easy things that can help:

  • Don’t stand or sit for prolonged periods
  • Don’t wear shoes, socks or clothes that are too tight

Consult With Your GP

But swollen feet and ankles have other causes too, some of which are serious and serve as red flags for greater health issues. Swelling may sometimes indicate a more serious underlying health issue that needs to be treated right away. It is therefore very important to speak with your doctor if symptoms persist for more than a few days.


Some common causes of swollen feet and ankles:

  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Eating too much salt
  • Certain medications
  • Injury or infection
  • Being overweight

Your doctor will be able to advise you on the root cause of the swelling and will probably recommend that you keep your feet and legs elevated while seated or in bed.

Adjustable Bed

An adjustable bed is a great solution for keeping your feet and legs raised while in bed. An adjustable bed also allows you to maintain and retain your independence and can enable those with reduced mobility to stay in their home.

Rise and Recliner Chairs

A Rise and Recliner chair doesn’t just provide excellent levels of comfort, it can also help improve your circulation.

Elevating the legs takes pressure off the leg veins and promotes the flow of blood which helps to reduce swelling in the feet and ankles.

Appropriate Footwear

Ensuring that you have correctly fitting shoes will also help to prevent swelling. You might also find that due to any existing swelling that you are unable to get shoes that fit correctly.

Gentle Exercise

Gentle exercise such as walking can also help to reduce swollen feet and ankles. You should always check with your doctor first if it is ok to embark on any new exercise regime, especially if you have any existing medical conditions.

There are many walking aids available to help if you have mobility yet would like to and are able to walk as a means of exercise.

Further Advice

At Mobility Scotland we are on hand to answer any questions regarding mobility products to help you or your loved ones. We can also provide assessments to ensure that you get the right product to match your needs.

If you would like any further information or advice please get in touch.

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