Swelling of the legs in old age

Swelling of the feet is a fairly common phenomenon,especially in women. But many consider this to be only a cosmetic problem that arises from the consumption of large amounts of liquid. Meanwhile, there are many causes of edema of the legs and not all of them are harmless. The most elementary reasons are fatigue of feet, heat, consequence of a bad habit to throw a foot on a foot, pregnancy.

More serious - flat feet, stasis of lymph,varicose veins and beginning problems with the kidneys. Finally, if the ankle legs are swollen, this is an occasion to conduct a serious medical examination, since they can be the first alarming symptom of such a serious disease as heart failure. Most often, such edema occurs in elderly people who suffer from chronic cardiac diseases. For young, the more common causes of edema of the legs are problems with the vessels.
It is possible to suspect varicose veins whenthe presence of such heredity in the family, visible dilated capillaries or veins on the legs, or if swelling is accompanied by heaviness in the legs. In any case, instead of independently diagnosing yourself and searching for the cause of edema, it is better to consult a doctor. And even better, a few - a therapist, phlebologist, cardiologist.

If the cause of edema is orthopedic, then in this casecase is very important selection of shoes. Do not choose like shoes with high heels, and completely without a heel. It is best if it is comfortable shoes, on a small heel, while it should be wide enough for the toes to be in a natural position.

Great help in solving the problem of varicose veins andaccompanying his edema can be the daily use of therapeutic compression tights or golf, which help the vessels to be toned, preventing blood stagnation and promoting a better outflow. They are manufactured in such a way that the strongest compression falls on the bottom of the legs, and the weak one on the upper part, which contributes to the natural circulation of blood. Manufacturers give preference to tights and golf, as wearing a stocking for varicose veins is contraindicated, since they overtight the hips and, consequently, the vessels of the legs, thus creating an additional problem for the circulatory system.

In order to remove from the body excessliquid, you can use decoctions of medicinal plants. A very effective remedy for swelling of the legs and kidneys is infusion of bark and elderberries. With the already available varicose nodules on the legs, it is possible to impose on them steamed elderberry leaves.

Also a good diuretic is decoctions of birch leaves and kidneys, from lime flowers, and field horsetail extract.

Tired and swollen legs can be helped by wipingtheir pieces of ice or making a bath for their feet. For 5-10 minutes, lower your legs into cold water, then lightly tweezers massage the swollen areas from the bottom up. In cold water, you can add sea or salt, at a rate of 2 tbsp. spoons for 1 liter of water, or a few tablespoons of pine extract. Put your feet in the healing bath for 15-20 minutes - swelling will disappear, and fatigue will immediately remove it!

To remove leg swelling, you can use garlic. Chop the garlic head, and pour a glass of boiling water. The present chilled slurry rubs the swollen places, and after 30 minutes rinse with cool water. It is very important, in the presence of varicose veins, to avoid taking hot baths or a hot shower. Such water expands the blood vessels and promotes stagnation of blood.

To prevent swelling and heaviness in the legs, you must regularly perform a set of simple exercises:

put the right foot on the left and lift as high as possible of the toe of the left, then the right foot;

stand on your toes and wait for a few seconds;
move the weight of the body from the heel to the toe, from the outside of the foot to the inside and vice versa;
make 5-10 light jumps on tiptoe;
sitting on a chair, lift your legs and make circular motions with your feet;
Bend your toes down, and then sharpen them upwards.
Very useful in the fight against edema of the legs is the use of special ointments - troxevasin, heparin ointment, essain gel, lyoton, etc. The routines and heparin contained in them strengthen the capillary system.