And now I'm in the comfort of my home, engorged with food, bathed & just want to savor the comfort of a ready to sit/lie on cushion (no more blowing of an air mattress before I can sink in it!). And then I look down.. Gah! My legs remind me of Lilo and her sister Nani.. or maybe Stitch? It wasn't in any pain nor did I have trouble walking. They were just.. swollen.
Swollen feet and legs after a long hike was a first for me! But then so was walking everyday, all day for 8 days straight and never had a zero day incurred. So what do I do?! I need to fit in the shoes I'll be wearing the following day I get back to work!
Hello, Epsom Salt, soother of every muscle and pill-popping-less pain reliever!
|Feet soak wilderness style in Kern Hot Springs.|
After drying them completely, both of my feet almost never felt floor, they've been propped up and elevated to be higher than my heart, all night even when we went to sleep, it was propped up. By morning, there was not a trace of any swollen legs nor feet! They had gone back to their usual weird looking selves.
It was a good thing, as I was not ready to go for another endless walking around, this time in a shoe store and purchase a few larger sized pairs of shoes!
Ingredients to take take care of swollen feet after a long hike:
- A basin full of warm water (not lukewarm, but not boiling hot either!)
- a cup of Epsom Salt
- Towel to dry your feet
- Pillows - in every size, so you can stack 'em up!
- A cold beer (optional) - to imbibe as you wait for your feet to soak.. or a fave book.. or watch TV. Anything to keep you from staring blankly at your submerged feet.
Note: I am no doctor. Just sharing experience! Please consult your doctor if you suspect more than just tired feet with your swelling.