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Summer and Swelling Feet: How to Prevent Foot Inflammation in Hot Weather

Most are thrilled when the temperatures warm up. But for some people, the summer and swelling feet are a dreaded yearly occurrence. Foot inflammation in hot weather happens when sweltering heat causes our blood vessels to dilate, leading to fluid pooling in the legs and feet. This is also called heat edema

Those with underlying health or foot conditions can be more prone to foot inflammation in the summer. Still, young and healthy adults who exercise in high temperatures or gyms without proper ventilation can also experience it.  

For those wanting to prevent foot inflammation this summer, there is hope. Let’s check out several ways you can keep your feet cool and comfortable. 

Exercises and Stretches

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Boosting your blood circulation with movement and activities can reduce foot swelling (not to mention the other foot health benefits you can enjoy). Try a solid, low-impact exercising and stretching routine, performing a few sets twice daily. 

Compression Stockings

Compression socks place pressure on the feet and legs so fluids cannot pool as easily. They also boost blood flow. That said, compression stockings are generally not recommended for diabetes patients. If your swelling feet are a diabetes symptom, you should seek other relief methods. 

Compression socks can also be uncomfortable during the summer, so make sure you wear them indoors in cool spaces. You can also try lighter, sheer hosiery instead of knee-high socks. 

Orthopedic Shoes

Wearing the right shoes can help accommodate larger, swollen feet and prevent your heat edema from worsening. Look for orthopedic shoes and medical shoes with extra cozy and protective features, such as more width and depth, stretchy fabric, easy adjustability (like velcro and buckle closure straps), and removable insoles you can replace with orthotics if needed.

Summer and Swelling Feet: At-Home Foot Care Tips for Preventing Foot Inflammation

Chiropodists and other healthcare professionals recommend the following tips for reducing heat-related foot swelling: 

  • Eat magnesium-rich foods or take supplements. Studies show that foot swelling is often a result of magnesium deficiency. 
  • Lower your sodium intake. 
  • Stay hydrated. 
  • Soak your feet in an Epsom salt bath. 
  • Stay in cool, air-conditioned areas and avoid hot temperatures when possible.
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Don't Let Foot Inflammation Ruin the Rest of Your Summer!

Our specialists at Feet First Clinic can help you tackle heat edema once and for all. Schedule an assessment at one of our Toronto locations today! 

Contact us at 416-769-FEET (3338) or use our online booking form to book an appointment!

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