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By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
November 18, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Swollen Ankles   Swelling  

Swollen Ankles

Whether you are pregnant, have increased blood in your body or decreased circulation, or maybe you are a workaholic who is always standing or sitting for long periods of time, there is relief for your swollen ankles. If you are experiencing swollen ankles, your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers offers solutions for finding relief.

Swollen ankles do not just happen to pregnant women, but can affect each and every one of us at any stage of life.  Your ankles swell for an array of reasons, including too much sodium in the diet, sodium retention, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, allergic reasons, trauma and standing too long.  Your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg is available to help bring relief to your swollen ankles through the following tips:

Drink water. When you drink plenty of water you are flushing your system.  While this may seem like the opposite thing to do when you are retaining fluid, it helps to flush fluid away with more water.  This is effective and will help you to see a reduction in the swelling of your ankles.

Elevate your legs above your heart. Sitting in a recliner with it fully reclined will do wonders for your swollen ankles.  However, if you do not have a recliner available, then lying flat on your bed or couch with your feet elevated above your heart on pillows will work well, too.

Walk around. Walking around may help with your blood flow and to reduce the swelling in your legs and ankles, but everything should be performed in moderation.  Do not sit or stand in one place for too long.  Remember to move your toes and flex your heels every few minutes to improve your circulation.  

Visit your Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg podiatrist. Prolonged ankle or leg swelling can be a sign of an underlying health problem.  An appointment with Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, is a wise decision and will help put your mind at rest.