I learned pretty quickly that the last trimester of pregnancy means waking up with sausage feet on more than one occasion. Not only is this condition kinda gross (to me, anyhow), but it’s also uncomfortable. Unwilling to settle for feeling like my feet are encompassed in tingling rubber bands, I sought homemade relief (after consulting with my doctor to make sure my swelling and monstrous ankles were normal, of course). Try these remedies for yourself- they sure worked for me!
A cold soak
For burning, aching feet that are swollen from being on them all day long, pressure, or the heat (or a lovely combination of all 3, as was my case), nothing brings more immediate relief than an ice cold soak. Simply run a tub of water about 3 inches deep, sit on the rim of the tub, and set those poor burning feet right in the water. This will help alleviate the itching, burning, and tingling that you are likely feeling, and help the swelling go down a bit. While not a permanent solution to your swollen feet, this tactic is the first one I go to so I can find relief before I go completely crazy.
A peppermint or lavender oil rub
Swollen feet need circulation to improve blood flow and get that fluid retention moving, so incorporating peppermint or lavender oil into your foot rub can make a huge difference! Peppermint is naturally soothing, and provides that ahh relief of tingling as it encourages blood flow and helps reduce fluid retention. Mixing a few drops of peppermint oil in a deep bowl of warm water for a soak or mixed with your body lotion for a foot massage can bring you cool relief for your swollen feet and ankles fast. As an added bonus, peppermint has calming qualities as well.
Lavender oil is also very beneficial in reducing fluid retention in the feet and ankles. A natural blood circulating agent, you can rub lavender oil on your feet (mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive oil) for relief from pain and swelling. I use lavender oil and olive oil as a foot rub, warming up the concoction in the microwave for added relief.
The right footwear
Finally, footwear can make a huge difference between pretty and painless feet and swollen gigantic feet and ankles that make you recoil in horror (especially when 1 foot swells more than the other, which my right foot always likes to do). Wearing loose-fitting socks or forgoing socks altogether can help your feet circulate blood better, as well as wearing wider shoes or shoes that breathe better. If you are prone to swollen feet, shoes with great arch support and soft heels can help keep your toes and feet more comfortable, even if you do swell during the day.
Preventative measures you can take
Preventing swollen feet and ankles is the best remedy of all, and one that you can employ daily. First of all, move a lot- bodies that keep moving tend to have better circulation and less water retention. Also, drinking lots of proper fluids (such as sports drinks, water, and electrolytes) can help keep your whole body hydrated and help prevent fluid retention. Finally, visiting with your doctor to make sure your fluid retention isn’t serious or related to medicines or underlying health issues can help you pinpoint and change any swollen feet issues you may have.
While having swollen feet is no fun at all, you can take measures to control fluid retention in your body by using these homemade cures for swollen feet and the preventative techniques as well. Here’s to happy and beautiful feet all throughout the year!