It is the end of the year and we all know what that means - the holidays are quickly approaching! They bring food, fun, and sometimes traveling to visit your loved ones. Whether traveling by car, train, or plane, it can be stressful. Along with traveling also comes swollen ankles and feet, especially if you are flying. Sitting with your feet on the ground can cause blood to pool in the veins of your legs and feet which increases pressure in these veins. This causes fluid to move to surrounding soft tissues and results in swelling. Here are some helpful tips to avoid the dreaded swelling and keep you going through the holidays!
● Wear loose fitting clothing
● Drink a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration
● If possible, walk around a little to get your blood pumping
● Flex and extend your knees and ankles as much as possible
● Shift in your seat periodically throughout your trip
● Try to avoid crossing your legs
Most of the time, swelling is caused by inactivity and dehydration, so the most important tips are to stay active as much as possible and drink plenty of fluids (especially water). Swollen feet and ankles are not serious problems, but can cause some discomfort. These tips should help with or prevent holiday travel swelling and keep you on your feet!
Stay safe during this holiday season and if you have any concerns about your feet or ankles contact your doctor at Gulf South Foot and Ankle.