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Swollen feet

Swollen feet

Sometimes you may experience swollen feet. The reason for this, and whether it is associated with pain, depends, among other things, on the cause of the swelling. In general, swelling in sports injuries is partly due to the leakage of free blood in the tissues, but mainly due to the escape of fluid from the lymphatic system when there is an obstruction in the circulation. The size of the swelling depends on the amount of bleeding. Often the swelling does not appear immediately but comes some time after the injury. Up to 48 hours after the injury, swelling may increase.

Treatment for pain should primarily focus on reducing the swelling. This is because the degree of swelling and the pain experienced are directly related to each other. Swelling increases the pressure on the tissue and pain occurs. The most effective method of treating swelling is a pressure bandage. Within seconds, at least 90% of the bleeding has been prevented with pressure bandages. Painkillers can be used to reduce pain.

The fastest way to heal is to prevent the swelling from developing. In an emergency situation, the area of the swelling should be kept still. This is for up to 20 minutes while the bleeding continues. Once the bleeding has stopped, there is no need to keep the area still and after 24 hours it is more necessary to keep the body part active instead of resting.

To combat swollen feet, compression stockings are recommended, which improve blood circulation, prevent blood clots and also act as a pressure bandage for smaller swellings, thereby reducing swelling. Compression socks are available in both low and high models that reach below the knee.

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