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Dealing with Swelling Feet as You Get Older? Learn the Causes and Natural Treatments

By Softstar @Soft_Star_Shoes


Have you noticed that your feet and ankles tend to swell more often as the years go by? If so, then you're not alone. While anybody can develop a swollen foot or two, regardless of age, it tends to happen more frequently with older adults.


So what's going on when feet swell? Technically speaking, swelling happens when fluid in the blood escapes capillaries and accumulates in the tissue surrounding your feet and ankles. This process is called edema, but is commonly known as fluid or water retention.

  • Long periods of sitting or standing without change.
  • Being overweight.
  • Hormone changes, such as with mentrual periods.
  • Diet high in salt and carbohydrates.
  • Injury or trauma to the foot or ankle.
  • Neuromuscular disorders.
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease.
  • Blood clots.
  • Side effects of medication.

That's a wide range of causes, some very benign and some very serious. As people age, their bodies become more susceptible to many of these conditions, especially when people become less active and begin taking more prescription drugs as the years go by.



Rest assured, there are some things you can do about your swelling feet—and they'll probably improve your overall health, too. The best treatment is to increase your circulation, and here are a few natural ways to do it:

  1. Add regular exercise to your daily routine, but note that it is always recommended to consult a medical professional before starting a new workout regime.
  2. If you find yourself sitting or standing for long periods of time then try changing positions and moving around at frequent intervals. If you are unable to walk, stretching your legs and curling your toes may help.
  3. Try support socks or hoses, sold at most drugstores. These can help promote blood flow to your feet.
  4. Cut back your salt intake to a teaspoon or less daily. This can help reduce water retention.
  5. In addition to salt, other dietary changes may also help. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks, which can impede circulation. On the other hand, adding foods high in fiber, Omega-3s and healthy monosaturated fats can be beneficial. Studies show that the Mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and nuts is often effective.
  6. Try supplements. B vitamins, fish oil, L-arginine and curcumin are all recommended for boosting circulation. Many health food stores also carry blends of vitamins that target circulation concerns.
  7. Overweight? Try shedding a few pounds. I know, that's much easier said than done, but if you can do it then it may make a big difference.

Remember to be patient, because many of these home remedies can take weeks to show their effects. If they don't seem to be working for you, or if you want to insure that your swelling feet are not the result of a more serious condition, then it is best to consult a doctor. Your medical professional can help rule out the serious causes, and if you're taking regular prescriptions then a doctor can try adjusting your medication to see if it helps.

Living with Swollen Feet

If you're waiting to see which treatments will work, or if you've been unable to find a way to keep your swelling down, then you probably encounter a great deal of discomfort when it comes to shoes. Most shoe brands don't make sizes large enough to accommodate a swollen foot, but you're in luck because Soft Star has tackled the wide shoe issue.

We're happy to offer our Original RunAmoc in a special Wide XL size, which fits many people who struggle to find shoes spacious enough for their feet. Made from our traditional high quality leathers and Vibram rubber soles, the Original features a lace that ties around your ankle, not your instep, to keep the shoe on your foot. This allows much more space for your foot to grow or swell in the shoe.


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If you're looking for a more casual or more cozy option, then our Roo moccasins can also fit most large feet. As our signature moccasin design, the Roo features a cozy sheepskin innersole with flexible suede outersoles. It his held onto the foot with an elastic closure that, like the Original RunAmoc, secures around the ankle to allow more room for a thick or wide foot.


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Do you have any more tips for dealing with swelling feet? If so, please share them in the comments below!

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