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Written by Dr. D. Sathyanath   
Sunday, 31 July 2011 18:38

Treatement of Painless Swelling in Feet & Ankles by Naturopathy

 Swelling in Feet & Ankles (Peripheral Edema)

PainIess sweIIing of the feet and ankIes is a common problem, particularly in the old age. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet and legs is called Peripheral Edema.

Conditions that can cause swelling include varicose veins/venous insufficiency (when the veins in your legs are unable to adequately pump blood back to the heart), malnutrition, blockage of the lymph nodes in the legs or due to a blood clot.

Swollen legs can also be a sign of heart failure, kidney failure or liver failure. As you have ruled out the kidney function it is better to undergo the liver function test and cardiac examination as early as possible. If the swelling is because of any of these three organs there will be too much fluid in the body. So the treatment should be aimed at curing the underlying cause.


The treatments mentioned below are aimed to drain the accumulated fluid and not related to the cause. As advised earlier, please undergo the necessary tests and consult a Naturopathy physician for further appropriate management.



Application of a cold pack around the leg will help to control the swelling. The cold pack should be applied from the toe upwards to the thigh, providing a mild pressure. The wrap should be often replaced to maintain the temperature or cold water should be sprinkled along the wrap.

The best alternate to the cold pack is the direct mud application. Both these applications constrict the peripheral blood vessels and stimulate the muscles to pump the blood towards the heart. Half bath with warm water can also help to improve circulation.


Gentle leg massage is the other option that can be extremely useful in the mechanical drainage of the accumulated fluid. The manipulations done are centripetal in nature to support the drainage. Further, oxygen delivered through the fresh blood brought by massage will improve muscle function, thereby reducing the edema .


Use Celery leaves, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Tender coconut water, Barley water, Grapes and Watermelon when swelling is profound. These are the natural diuretics. Fluid intake should be in accordance to the output of urine, as judicial intake of fluid will avoid the excess fluid retention in the body.

Yoga :

The asanas, which help to reduce the swelling in the feet are Uttanpadasana, Naukasana, Salabasana, Sarvangasana, Danurasana and Viparitakarni kriya. The practice of Pranayama will also help in the delivery of more oxygen thereby eases the circulation all around the body.

Tips to be regularly followed

  • Elevate your legs above your heart while lying down.
  • Exercise your legs regularly. This helps to pump fluid from the legs back to the heart.
  • Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged time.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing around your thighs. Follow a low or salt free diet, which may reduce fluid retention and swelling.
  • Lose weight if you are obese overweight.

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