Swelling of the feet, ankles, and legs is a common problem and occurs as a result of an abnormal accumulation of fluid. The swelling and accumulation of fluid is known as edema. The swelling is more noticeable in the legs due to gravity.
There are many possible causes of swelling in the legs ranging from too much salt in your diet to a blood clot. One should always seek medical attention so that the underlying cause of the swelling can be determined.
Some tips that may help reduce leg swelling NOT related to a serious medical condition include elevation of the legs above your heart, following a low salt diet, exercise, weight loss if applicable, avoiding sitting or standing for extended periods of time, and use of support stockings.
Support stockings or compression stockings are specialized hosiery designed to compress the leg aiding in circulation. We recommend Sigvaris for their quality, comfort and assortment of products designed to fit your lifestyle.
Compression stocking should not be used by individuals with arterial insufficiency.