Menopause Symptoms: Swollen Feet

by Laura Ramirez on October 24, 2011

Among menopause symptoms, swollen feet rank high as the most debilitating and anxiety-causing. Though they are not as common as hot flashes or night sweating among menopausal women, those who do get swollen feet and ankles know they this can affect their ability to move and drain their energy levels. A remedy is needed, but first you have to find out what is causing the condition.

 

Many health factors should be considered before swollen feet or ankles are attributed to menopause. An allergy, an injury, the presence of varicose veins, clotting of blood, poor circulation and poor nutrition can contribute to the throbbing, swollen feeling around the feet and ankles. Rule out these possibilities by consulting a doctor and getting checked up first. Medication during menopause can also factor in. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), antidepressants, and estrogen pills can bring about swelling around the ankles and feet. To be safe, have a thorough medical history taking with a qualified practitioner so that you can be sure you are dealing with real menopause symptoms, swollen feet being the main concern.

 

While there is still no real medical explanation as to why many women get swollen feet at the onset of menopause, other symptoms like fluid retention and arthritis seem to significantly contribute to their presence. Fluctuating hormones cause fluid retention; hence the bloating feeling many menopausal women complain about even when they don’t eat or drink too much. The weight gain results in swollen ankles as a result in pretty much the same way pregnant women have them. As menopause symptoms, swollen feet are definitely caused by hormonal changes.

 

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Menopause symptoms: swollen feet can be a thing of the past with a good inflammation-reducing natural remedy and regular exercise.

Regular exercise is one good way to keep swollen ankles and feet at bay. Obviously, you can’t exercise when you are suffering from the condition, so wait until it subsides to start. It’s important to know when to set limits as pushing yourself when your body is telling you to rest can cause feet and ankles to swell up.

 

For treating a swollen feet and ankles, natural are recommended over prescription medicines as a first line defense. Never start with drugs unless you have to because all drugs have side effects. Not only are they safe and non-addictive; natural remedies for menopause symptoms, swollen feet, and stiff joints also work with the body (as opposed to against it) in supporting healthy joints, bones, and cartilage.

 

Look for prepared homeopathic formulations (instead of taking individual ingredients) because these are likely to be effective. The formulation that you choose for menopause symptoms swollen ankles should have the following ingredients: arnica, which supports healthy tissues, bones, cartilage, and joints; dulcamara, a much sought-after homeopathic ingredient for its capacity to soothe joint pain caused by cold weather; and bryonia, which is best for inflamed feet and ankles that cause stabbing pain at the slightest movement.

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