My feet hurt from standing all day serving customers in a shopping mall. By the end of the day, the pain gets worse. When I look down at my feet and ankles, they've increased in size and are fat and swollen. My feet will feel very sore and tight in my shoes.
Despite the aching feet, I greet and give my customers my best smile and service. Most customers are kind enough to return the favor, but not always. Sometimes, I am slow due to the pain. Long story short, that used to be my life. I want to share my natural home remedy for painful and swollen feet and ankles from standing all day.
Understanding What Causes Swollen Feet
Swelling in the lower legs, ankles, and feet happens when our body retains fluid and there's not enough blood circulation to flush it out. It happens when we sit in the same position for hours during travel, stand all day, have surgery, and it is inevitable during pregnancy. The medical term for this is edema.
Edema is not an emergency situation but the aches, pain, and swelling, can feel very uncomfortable. It can restrict one's mobility.
The good news is that edema is manageable. You can completely free yourself of edema using natural home remedies and by changing lifestyle.
Lifestyle change can have a tremendous impact on swollen feet from standing all day.
1. Find Out Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Using your weight and height measurements, BMI provides an objective indicator of whether a person is overweight, underweight, or at a healthy weight. BMI helps determine your overall health risk. You can calculate your BMI online here. If your BMI is not normal, you need to lose weight. The severity of your swollen feet is determined by the weight you carry as it puts pressure on your feet.
2. Exercise Regime
Exercise is very powerful for maintaining good health. It doesn't mean you go to the gym today and give up tomorrow. Make exercise a part of life. You can start by walking (power walk), swimming, cycling, yoga, and any outdoor activities that burn fat, exercise your heart muscles, and makes you sweat. As time goes, you can increase the type and intensity of your exercises.
3. Eat Healthy
Cut down on high fat and salt food, cigarettes, alcohol, and processed food. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. I don't need to say more on eating healthy because there is plenty of information online on healthy eating. There are thousands of diet programs, too. Find one that suits you.
4. Emotional Well-Being
Many lifestyle diseases today are attributed to stress. Worry, anxiety, depression, and stress in a fast-paced life takes its toll on the body, causing disease, sickness, and weight gain. Try to live a happy and stress-free life. Always have adequate sleep so your body heals and rejuvenates. Weight gain is also attributed to lack of adequate sleep. To lose weight and prevent swollen feet, sleep well.
Home Remedy for Swollen Feet—Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut Soap
This home remedy is what works for me. I have also used the following methods to reduce swelling in my feet and ankles from standing all day:
- Salt water soak—salt bath with Epsom salt is effective
- Elevating the feet while sleeping on the bed
- Soaking feet in warm water with essential oils
The natural home remedy that I use for swollen feet is a warm water massage with coconut soap and a massage, thereafter, with cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat. Yes, the good fat. Organic coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that can improve your health in many ways. Coconut oil has many healing properties and is also antibacterial. The oil will seep deep into the skin and do wonders within hours of applying the virgin coconut oil.
Place your swollen feet in warm water, in a tub, or bucket. You can also have a full bath. Gently wash with a coconut soap and massage it deep into the skin, concentrating on the swollen feet. Coconut oil soaps also make for good lather.
After a bath, relax and massage your feet with the coconut oil. Press firmly to allow the coconut oil to seep into your skin in the affected area. Leave the coconut oil on and sleep. Not only will you find relief for your swollen feet, but your skin will feel so soft and nice when you apply coconut oil to your skin.
Shoes for Swollen Feet
Your swollen feet will be very uncomfortable in your shoes by the afternoon if you're standing all day. You can manage this problem by buying shoes for this condition made specifically for women. There are specific shoes available for men, too.
There are a wide variety of stretchable shoes for swollen feet that you can get from your department store or purchase online from Amazon.
I used to change shoes when my feet and ankles got fat and tight and uncomfortable. I normally have my stretchable shoes for swollen feet at my workplace. My best advice is to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle—you won't have to deal with swollen feet and ankles.
Watch this Video for more Home Remedies for Swollen Feet
I hope sharing my natural home remedy to find relief from swollen feet works for you. If you find the cold-pressed virgin coconut oil massage and warm bath useful, please leave a message below and don't forget to share my article.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2017 Isabella
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on November 26, 2017:
The elevating the feet thing really does work! My feet ache after a long day too, and I really appreciate your advice!
Isabella (author) from Far North Queensland on November 20, 2017:
@ Eric Dierker, thanks for visiting.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 20, 2017:
Very informative. You have some great insights.