Stay A Step Ahead Of Tragedy — What You Need To Know About Swollen Feet, And How To Recover
The great Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles wrote a series of plays centering ona tragic hero who, because of his action and the political, legendary and psychological implications of his tale, has become immortalized in the annals of history.
The play, and tragic hero?
Oedipus Rex—“Oedipus” being Ancient Greek for “Swollen Foot.”
Swollen feet can be incredibly painful, and Oedipus’ life certainly had its share of ups and downs. Even if you’re not a classical Greek hero, however, there’s still a definite chance that you may, at some point in your life, come to suffer from a swollen foot, and while it’s by no means a tragedy worthy of stage plays and song, it can still hurt a good deal and still get in the way of your livelihood.
So, what should you know about swollen feet, and what are some ways to recover from them? Let’s take a look.
• To begin with, it’s worth noting that there are several different ways in which you can come to have a swollen foot, and both the nature of your injury and how you go about resting and treating your foot will go a long way towards determining how long you’ll be laid up (if that proves necessary at all.) Everything from physical contact and abrasions to water retention and certain side effects from drugs can cause swollen feet. The conditions of your swelling must also be taken into consideration. For example, if you’re pregnant and you notice that your legs and feet are beginning to swell up, you should contact your physician, as this could be indicative of a larger overall problem.
• If the swelling is fluid-related and your doctor prescribes them, you may want to look into using diuretics, which are a type of drug which drains the fluid from a part of your body—in this case, the swollen appendage. However, it is important that you do consult with a doctor and have him or her decide to treat you for edema (that is, swelling of the aforementioned nature) as your body naturally needs a healthy balance of fluids in order to function properly and wildly draining fluid from your body is not a safe course of treatment without medical approval. If you and your doctor do decide upon diuretics as a course of treatment, there are several variations to try, again depending upon he nature of your swelling. For example, if there is unilateral swelling—which is commonly caused by phlebitis—then your doctor may prescribe and anticoagulant. By contrast, a special stocking may be prescribed if the cause is something like venous insufficiency. Other condition, such as certain heart issues, may require additional forms of treatment. Nothing happens in a vacuum in a great work of literature, and likewise, things don’t occur in isolation from from a medical standpoint, so it’s entirely possible that your course of treatment may be determined by a wide variety of factors.
• Some of these factors may include—kidney failure, heart problems, an infection, an insect bite, varicose veins, and a side effect as a result of another medication.
• To return to Oedipus for a moment, he received his name as a result of his birth—as the result of an oracle’s prediction that he would kill his mother and marry his father (a prophecy that famously—and tragically—turns out to come true) the Baby Oedipus is abandoned much like the Baby Moses. The key difference, however, and the reason Oedipus has his famous name and is pertinent here is that while Moses was set to float down the Nile River in a basket, Oedipus had his ankle chained and potentially damaged as he was chained to a tree, thus leading to a swollen ankle, foot, his name, and a story that has lasted throughout the ages. The takeaway here? We’ve already discussed the many different ways that swelling can occur, but it’s just as important to be mindful of your past and know when your swelling began when trying to discern its cause. Swelling deriving from a childhood injury or other physical trauma such as Oedipus’ will require different treatment than is the case with kidney or cardiovascular issues.
• Having swollen feet doesn’t have to be a great tragedy on the order of Oedipus, however, and you don’t have to break the bank to treat your condition. There are wide range of home remedies available for those who suffer from swollen feet. Weight loss is an obvious answer, if your swelling is indeed caused by obesity. You may also want to consider placing a specialized pillow under your foot for support while resting. You’ll want to avoid standing in one pose or place too long, and you’ll certainly want to avoid putting excessive stress or weight on the foot. Altering your salt or fluid intake my likewise have an effect on our swelling. Vinegar, molasses, and aniseed, when properly combined in specialized home remedies, may also help take the swelling down. At some point, you’ll want to include some physical exercise to keep your foot and ankle area in shape; all the same, be mindful of your injury and don’t rush this phase.