4th December 2019

clevelandclinic
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How do I reduce swelling in my legs?

You can make small changes to your everyday life to help reduce swelling:
  1. Take a short walk every hour.
  2. Drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily. Drinking less actually promotes swelling.
  3. Limit your salt intake.
  4. Put phone books or bricks under the foot of your bed to elevate your legs and feet at night.

What causes water retention in the legs?

Edema is a swelling, usually of the legs, feet, and/or hands due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the tissues. The edema that occurs in diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys is mainly caused by salt retention, which holds the excess fluid in the body.

Why is my left leg and foot swollen?

Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is also known as peripheral edema, which refers to an accumulation of fluid in these parts of the body. The buildup of fluid usually isn't painful, unless it's due to injury. Swelling is often more apparent in the lower areas of the body because of gravity.
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