Deling with the Symptoms of Swollen Ankles

By Patricia | July 9, 2009

Swollen ankles can be caused due to many reasons. Some of them are: your diet could be high in salt and/or carbohydrates, you may be taking an excessive amount of laxatives or diuretics, or you could be retaining sodium. These are just a few of the possibilities. Swollen ankles can be very painful. There are a few things that you can do to help alleviate the symptoms.

These are:

  • Drink lots of water. Water will help flush toxins from your body (including excess salt).
  • Increase your muscle activity by walking.
  • Take two teaspoons of dried parsley per cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes. Strain and drink. Use up to three times a day.
  • Drink three cups of herbal tea a day. There are many herbal teas that are diuretics. You can pick and choose for variety.
  • Lie down with your feet up.
  • Recline with your feet up.
  • Eat a well balanced diet. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables. Especially dark green leafy vegetables.
  • Wash and peel a couple of potatoes. Simmer the peelings in two cups of water for fifteen minutes. Strain the water. Mix two tablespoons of this solution in a glass of water. Drink this four times a day for two weeks.
  • Wear compression socks.
  • Apply a cold water compress.
  • Apply ice or soak feet in an ice water bath.
  • Apply peppermint to your ankles.
  • Apply lavender oil to your ankles.
  • If you are overweight, then you need to lose some weight. This will relieve some of the pressure off of your ankles.
  • Mix garlic powder in 15 ml of castor oil. Drink this concoction. This Solution can be used for up to forty days.
  • Castor leaves can be heated and applied to the swollen area.
  • You can mix mustard oil with onion juice and apply it to the affected area.
  • There are a few things that you need to avoid:
  • Try not to stand in one place for prolonged periods of time. Try to move around and stretch.
  • Avoid excessive salt intake. Limit to no more than 2400 milligrams.
  • Do not overuse diuretics.
  • Do not overuse laxatives.
  • Try to avoid refined or processed foods. They are rich in sugars and salt.

Swollen ankles could be a symptom of an underlying problem. If the swelling continues, you may need to see a doctor. Diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease all can cause your ankles to swell.

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