Swollen or distended ankles and feet without any pain is a widespread trouble, especially among the aged people. This condition may occur owing to a variety of reasons, including kidney ailments, congestive heart failure, salt or hormonal imbalances, common gonorrhoea contagion, varicose veins, any injury, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), insect bites and stings as well as general sunburn or burn injuries. In addition to the factors discussed here, it is also possible such swollen ankles and feet may be caused by several medicines, counting the use of calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, chemotherapy agents, oral contraceptives, replacement of estrogen or testosterone and even by tamoxifen (Nolvadex).
Usually, ankles swell up or distend when fluid passes from the capillaries into the adjacent tissues and build-up there. When you compress a distended ankle, the accumulated fluid will go away from the affected area creating a deep impression that may remain for a few instants. The problem is not restricted to the ankles or the feet and may even affect the calves as well as the thighs.
Using herbal medications to treat swollen ankles or feet normally start working over an interlude of anything between three to six months. On the other hand, different treatments like support stockings produce results more quickly - taking something around just three to six weeks time. Once you receive the benefit of other treatments, they can be alleviated further by using herbal remedies. In case you are suffering from swollen or puffed up ankles with chest pain, difficulty in breathing, speaking problems, weight gain of above three kilograms or six pounds in just three days or even less, incapability to pass urine or an abnormally sluggish or rapid heartbeat, you should seek immediate medical help.
In case you have been in a standing position or walking for a prolonged period, swollen ankles and feet are quite frequent and ought not to be a major cause for concern. However, when your ankles or feet remain distended for prolonged periods and are accompanied by additional symptoms, it could be a hint of a major health trouble. Hence, you need to be careful and adopt necessary precautions. Swollen ankles and feet may occur in some specific instances and a number of these are discussed briefly below.
Supplements and herbs
A number of herbs and supplements have proved to be effective in treating swollen ankles and feet. For instance, the butcher's broom ruscogenin tablets are especially effectual to provide relief from itching and burning sensations. The normal dosage of this herbal tablet is 100 mg taken once every day. Similarly, hawthorn solid capsules are also useful in making the fragile veins stronger and also enhance the tenor of the muscles that support the veins. The standard dosage of hawthorn solid capsules is 150 mg to 250 mg taken thrice every day.
Alternately you may even try gotu kola liposome tablets or capsules, which are effective in stabilizing the tissues that support the veins and as well augment the transportation of oxygen via the blood. The normal dosage of asiatocides is 60 mg to 120 mg taken once every day. However, women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should never use this herbal medication. Tablets prepared with pine bark extracts or oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) grape seed are also effective in treating swollen ankles and feet, as they help to strengthen the blood vessels and also make them more supple. For best results, take 100 mg of this herbal product every day.
In addition, you may also take horse chestnut aescin tablets, which facilitate in making the blood vessels more flexible. This herbal product should be taken in dosage of 150 mg every day. However, women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant should not use this herbal medication internally.
Although unknown to many people, aromatherapy offers a wonderful remedy for swollen ankles and feet. Aromatherapy was discovered by a French scientist way back in 1930 and this treatment procedure uses the natural fragrance of plants and herbs found in the nature.
Essential oils extracted from plants and herbs are also known as aromatherapy oils. However, these essential oils are never used in their original concentrated form, but diluted using suitable carrier oils prior to using them. Topical application of these essential oils on the affected areas, the swollen ankles and feet, facilitates in lessening the distensions naturally as well as rapidly. In addition, they are also useful in providing relief from sprains and damages, easing the pain as well as providing the requisite warmth to the injured tissues.
The method of using these essential oils to treat swollen ankles and feet involves adding around 12 drops of geranium essential oil and cypress essential oil each to four ounces of a suitable carrier oils, for instance, soy, almond or sunflower oil, as softly apply the blend to the affected areas, especially the legs, by means of an upward stoking massage. Here is a word of caution while using the essential oils to treat swollen ankles and feet - remember that you should never massage the oils on the veins directly. Other essential oils that may be used for the purpose and those having the same therapeutic effects include chamomile and rosemary.
Always bear in mind that you should never use the essential oils, such as cedarwood, basil, cinnamon and those of the like for treating swollen ankles and feet caused by complications of pregnancy. The essential oils recommended for such conditions, include chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus and cypress.
Additional things you may do
Apart from using herbs and aromatherapy, there are a number of additional things that you may do to treat swollen ankles and feet. For instance, you ought to keep away from standing or sitting in the same position for long periods and also stay away from putting anything directly below your knees while you are lying down. Also avoid wearing clothing that results in constriction as well as garters (any band or stocking of elastic) on the upper part of your legs. In addition, undertake work out of the legs as it helps to push back the fluid retained in the affected areas into the lymphatic channels and veins resulting in the swelling to subside. It may be noted that the pressure created by elastic bandages or supporting stockings is also able to lessen the swelling of the ankles.
In addition, you may also take a blend of vitamin C and approximately 3,000 mg to 6,000 mg of citrus bioflavonoids every day, as this combination is effective in treating swollen ankles and feet. You may also start taking a specialized diet that is low in salt content since it would help in decreasing the fluid retention as well as lessen the swelling of the ankles and feet.
In case the distended ankles are accompanied by swelling of the feet and the lower parts of the leg, it may be necessary to consult a doctor or healthcare provider regarding the problem. Contact you doctor straight away if you notice that the swollen ankles are also accompanied with other symptoms, such as rigidness of the muscles and/ or joints, shuddering, difficulty in swallowing, haemorrhaging, distended or sore gums, problems in passing urine, lack of sensation or itchiness of the hand and/ or the feet, loss of balance, discharge from the breasts, hair loss and/ or flamboyant dreams.
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