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Why do your feet and ankles swell in hot weather?
2 Sep 2016 09:33:37
It’s very common to suffer with swollen feet and ankles during the warmer months. This is because when you are hot, your veins expand which allows fluid to leak into surrounding tissues. The widening of these blood vessels is a natural response and is our body’s way of trying to keep itself cool. However, when this happens your veins struggle to pump blood back to your heart and have trouble fighting gravity. This pulls fluid down to your ankles and feet where it pools which can result in swelling and discomfort.
To help alleviate swelling you could try elevating your feet. It’s also important to stay active, drink plenty of water and watch your diet. One of the main causes of swelling is excessive salt, so you need to be mindful of how much you consume in your diet.
Massaging your feet and ankles is another good way to get fluid moving and reduce swelling. The best way to do this is by massaging gently, using both hands and working upwards from feet to knees in a circular motion. Or better yet get someone else to massage them for you, as this ensures that you don’t bend your knee and restrict flow.