Ankles

Comfortable footwear is an absolute must, think big spacious shoes, rather than tight, restrictive fashion statements – strapping in particular must be ruled out. If your commute to work involves public transport, a bus or train perhaps, ensure you’re able to sit, rather than stand, as that’ll also increase the likelihood of increased swelling.

Feet

Short and snappy foot exercises can be done while sitting or standing to drastically reduce the rate of uncomfortable swelling, improving blood circulation and preventing cramp in the calf muscles. Bend and stretch your foot up and down 30 times, then rotate your foot in a circle eight times clockwise, then another eight times anti-clockwise, before repeating with the other foot. Don’t make it too strenuous though.

Hands

Primarily in the fingers, you may think that your fingers will be fine with a bit of swelling, but any jewellery like rings, you wear could cut circulation, and cause real issue. If you begin to suffer from a large amount of swelling in a short period of time, it’s wise to keep an eye on your sodium intake, while trying to eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas and avocado. Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using cold compresses throughout the day, should also help you.

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