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What to Do When Feet Swell During Menstruation

By Melinda Gaines ; Updated July 27, 2017

Bloating is a common effect of menstruation, but swollen feet also can occur. It is a problem that will pass after the completion of a woman's cycle, but it also can be troublesome to deal with. There are a few easy remedies to alleviate swollen feet caused by menstruation.

Diet

Simply adjusting your diet during menstruation can help prevent or alleviate swollen feet. Avoid foods that are high in salt; bloating is worsened by salt, as it can cause the body to retain water.

Drink eight cups of water daily, but avoid alcoholic beverages, carbonated beverages, and juice that is not 100 percent derived from natural fruit.

Soaks

Resting your feet in a salt soak can help relieve tired, swollen feet and may help the swelling go down. Be careful to use water that is not too warm, as this can make your feet feel worse. Add 1 cup of Epsom or sea salt to a half gallon of water and soak your feet for as long as you wish.

You also can add herbal tea that has been steeped for at least five minutes in a cup of water to your salt soak. Tea will help reduce swelling, detoxify and increase circulation.

Shoes

One of the simplest fixes to alleviate swollen feet during your menstrual cycle is to temporarily adjust your shoe wardrobe. When your feet are swollen, you shouldn't wear heels that are over three inches high, shoes that do not provide support or strappy shoes that will cut into your swollen skin.

Until the swelling of your feet goes down, make sure your wear comfortable, supportive flats or low-heeled shoes. If you must continue to wear high heels, avoid stilettos and spiked heels and choose a heel with a moderate platform. Make sure the upper part of the shoe won't cut into your skin; peep-toe, and slide heels are best when your feet are swollen, as opposed to strappy heels.

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