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My foot is swollen. How do I make it go down if I don't have any medicine?

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In brief: Ice, elevation, rest

Ice, elevation and compression couples with rest will help the swelling go down if you have had a minor sprain.
If this swelling is from any other reason you need to seek medical help to determine the cause. It could be gout, infection or even a clog in an artery or vein.

In brief: Ice, elevation, rest

Ice, elevation and compression couples with rest will help the swelling go down if you have had a minor sprain.
If this swelling is from any other reason you need to seek medical help to determine the cause. It could be gout, infection or even a clog in an artery or vein.
Dr. Robert Breiner
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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on cause

If swelling due to trauma, see a doctor. If came on slowly, now worst, especially with shortness of breath, may need to evaluate heart, kidneys, then see doctor. If ok in am, but swelling worst at day's end, may be due to venous incompetence, then go to www.
Phlebology.Org, and seek help of phlebologist. If there is pain in ankle, toe joints with swelling, may be arthritis, then see doctor.

In brief: Depends on cause

If swelling due to trauma, see a doctor. If came on slowly, now worst, especially with shortness of breath, may need to evaluate heart, kidneys, then see doctor. If ok in am, but swelling worst at day's end, may be due to venous incompetence, then go to www.
Phlebology.Org, and seek help of phlebologist. If there is pain in ankle, toe joints with swelling, may be arthritis, then see doctor.
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. Ankur Dharia
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: RICE!

Rest, ice, compress, elevate.
If little to no improvement in a day or 2 consult a podiatrist.

In brief: RICE!

Rest, ice, compress, elevate.
If little to no improvement in a day or 2 consult a podiatrist.
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Elevate and ice

Generally the best way to reduce swelling is to elevate the limb and apply ice to the area.
Soaking in warm water may make it swell worse.

In brief: Elevate and ice

Generally the best way to reduce swelling is to elevate the limb and apply ice to the area.
Soaking in warm water may make it swell worse.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
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Dr. Arnold Wolf
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Use compression hose

Had lymphedema of feet and ankle.
No longer a probelem.

In brief: Use compression hose

Had lymphedema of feet and ankle.
No longer a probelem.
Dr. Arnold Wolf
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Elevate limb

If you have had an injury you can apply ice, elevate , rest, and compress seek medical care if symtoms become worse.

In brief: Elevate limb

If you have had an injury you can apply ice, elevate , rest, and compress seek medical care if symtoms become worse.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Elevate and compress

Elevate the extremity and apply some mild compression with an ace wrap.
Depending on the source of the swelling, nsaids might help.

In brief: Elevate and compress

Elevate the extremity and apply some mild compression with an ace wrap.
Depending on the source of the swelling, nsaids might help.
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