Swollen Tourist Tootsies

Old Jul 18th, 2005, 08:40 AM
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Swollen Tourist Tootsies

What's your best recovery tip for tired swollen feet and ankles after a long day of walking in the heat? My lower legs tend to swell after long flights anyway and I'm anticipating that this will be a problem for me upon arrival the first few days of our trip to Italy in September. I'd like to figure out how to best combat it so it doesn't lay me up - gots lots to see and do and eat and drink, ya know!
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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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Top-quality walking shoes and socks are a must--spare no expense in getting the best you can, and your feel should be comfy throughout the trip, no matter how much you walk.

While a bit of edema in the extremities isn't unusual after sitting for several hours, edema after walking is abnormal. Walking normally relieves edema by improving circulation. If your feet and ankles are consistently swollen after a walk, you should see a doctor to find out why. If you injure your feet or ankles that can cause swelling, but just walking should make it go away, rather than make it get worse.

I wear very good shoes and socks when walking and I never have any problem with swelling, soreness, blisters, or pain, even in very hot weather and after walking as much as 17 hours at a time.
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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 09:41 AM
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I just elevated my feet in the evening when we got back to the hotel. I also drank lots of water and NEVER missed an opportunity to hit that bathroom when it was convenient whether or not I really thought I had to go. As Anthony says, the walking also helps with the swelling, it forces the water up out of your ankles. Make sure your shoes have some support and "give" to them.
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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 09:43 AM
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Place your swollen feet and lower legs into cool water for 15 minutes. Not cold, just cool.

Have you determined answers to the following:
1. At what age did this swelling first come to your notice?
2. When was the last time you had your heart condition and blood pressure checked by a physician?
3. Are you overweight? Not just a litte, but seriously overweight?
4. Are you drinking enough water? Legs cramp when you become dehydrated.
Gatorade helps overcome loss of vital salts. But water is most important.

After soaking your feet, keep them elevated for another half hour. You should notice improvement over time.
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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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I don't normally have foot problems of any kind, and I usually walk miles and miles a day when on vacation. But when I do have sore feet, I've found nothing works better than filling the bidet up with ice, pulling up a chair, and plunging the feet in!
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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 10:00 AM
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I don't have swollen feet, but of course, I can get tired after walking so much. I just rest, that's about it, as well as making sure I have decent shoes. I rotate shoes some, also, and don't wear the same pair every day. I definitely don't wear the same shoes in the evening as during the day time.

Swelling of lower legs is very serious, I hope you've seen a physician. I've never heard of that being due to walking a lot, although it can be due to chemical imbalances. I had that only once in Paris for a few days (when I was there a month, actually, and it didn't appear for a couple weeks). I think it may have been because the tap water in Paris has a different chemical composition than I was used to, and I was staying there a long time. I wondered if they had high sodium levels. YOu have to be careful with bottled water, as some of that mineral water has a lot of sodium in it.
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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 10:15 AM
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Hey StCirq,

I was wondering what a bidet was for.

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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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A good friend of mine had an ankle injury, and noticed that ankle in particular seemed very swollen even after she "recovered" from the injury. Turns out she needed to buy shoes a half size larger after that! (She was crowding the toes in the shoe that was on the uninjured foot, but it didn't manifest itself with a swollen ankle.) There are several peppermint sprays on the market (by Body Shop, and I think Dr. Scholl's) meant to relieve hot, tired feet. I'm a bit fan of elevating the feet if they are uncomfortable, and this seems to help. BTW, a visit to a podiatrist may be in order prior to your departure; I have found mine to be very helpful. You might need to have him prescribe compression stockings or some similar item to alleviate the problem.

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Old Jul 18th, 2005, 10:37 AM
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I agree that walking should not make your ankles swell.

However, sitting on an airplane for hours on end does.

Go to a health food store and get some Potassium Orotate. It will balance high levels of salt.

Drink lots of water.

My mother has this problem of swelling ankles on flights and this has helped her alot.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 10:25 AM
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I just saw my podiatrist and I told him I was concerned about circulatory problems (although I do not suffer from them, as best I know). He said, "maybe you should get compression socks, although that won't stop your feet/ankles from swelling due to the sitting". So, now that I read this forum I wonder, what are the socks for if not to prevent swelling?
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 11:02 AM
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I sometimes have this problem too and have found that wearing support socks (a doc friend of mine sent them to me but I think you can get them at medical supply stores and some pharmacies) on the plane (my socks go to my knees) and drinking lots of water and wearing good supportive shoes helps. I always test out my shoes before I go by doing as much city walking in them.

Good luck.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Walking should not make legs swell. However, a lot of standing - like in Museums - can. However if you get a lot of swelling from walking you really should see you doctor - as it could be a erious problem.

For comfort you can get compression stockings or sox (but if the condition is serious you should get a specific prescription from your MD - and order from a surgical supply store - not just the regular "pressure" socks in a travel web site.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:32 PM
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Hazel, please do yourself a favor and see a doctor. I am glad I had.

During the annual check-up I mentioned compression socks and he said: absolutely not. For me, only loose clothing, water, walking, exercise.

I was getting the swelling due to high blood pressure. There are different reasons for it, please don't take it lightly.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Are you all talking about compression socks as in the white stockings with the hole in the toe that you wear during and after certain sugeries?

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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:51 PM
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Since I bought my Josef Seibel walking shoes 4 years ago, I have never had sore or swollen feet and we walk at least 8 hours a day on vacations. I agree that the solution is top-quality shoes.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:53 PM
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Hey guys,

Hazel asked this question about 18 mos ago.

Better late than never?

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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:56 PM
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<<During the annual check-up I mentioned compression socks and he said: absolutely not. For me, only loose clothing, water, walking, exercise>>

I was glad to read this. I wondered at the earlier recommendation for compression socks/knee highs, and I've seen and heard it before.

On my doctor's advice I went to the county health department for inoculations before a trip to North Africa. I had a consultation and learned a lot about food, drinking water, hand wipes, etc. When I returned for my second inoculations I mentioned getting compression hose and she said "We do not recommend doing that. If you'll be flying coach you'll be sitting upright and the blood will be pooling in your lower legs and the compression hose will make it worse. The best thing to do is get up several times and move around.

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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
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Well, I was certainly surprised to see this post pop back up after all this time! Just thought I'd let you know that all went well way back then, and my imagined swollen feet/legs never materialized, at least not from walking around. They were a bit puffy the day I arrived after the 10 hour flight, but I consciously tried to get up and walk a bit more during the flight than I usually do, so they actually weren't as bad as they've been in the past. And I never had any problems just from walking. A little bit sore after miles and miles of walking, but not swollen. Now my problem is that I seem to have developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot, so I'm taking it easy trying to let it heal before our next big trip to Italy in May, when I plan to walk miles and miles in Bella Roma.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 01:58 PM
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I never think to look at the date of the original post...especially if there's several current comments on it. Oh well.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:15 PM
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still, a good reminder "not to wear compression hose on flights".
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