Banish the bloat with top 5 ways to deal with leg swelling

Let’s talk about leg swelling. Whether you’re sporting cankles after a long flight or your legs are mysteriously expanding like they’ve got a vendetta against your favorite skinny jeans, we need to address the elephant in the room (or should I say, elephant legs?). Fear not, for science and sass are here to save the day. Here are the top four non-invasive ways to say goodbye to those swollen sausages and hello to your fabulous, fit legs.

leg lift for leg swelling

  1. Elevation: the lazy leg lift

Who knew that propping your legs up could be so revolutionary for leg swelling? Gravity is a fickle friend, and in this case, it’s been pushing fluids down into your legs all day. It’s time to fight back! Elevating your legs above the level of your heart helps the fluid drain back into your circulatory system. 

How to do it:

– Lie down and prop your legs on pillows.

– Aim for a 45-degree angle or higher.

– Stay in this position for 20-30 minutes, three to four times a day.

While binge-watching your favorite shows, elevate those puppies and let gravity work in your favor for once.

compression socks for leg swelling

  1. Compression socks: fashion meets function

These aren’t your grandma’s knee-highs. Compression socks are tight, stretchy socks that apply gentle pressure to your legs, helping to improve blood flow and reduce leg swelling. They come in a variety of styles and colors, so you can maintain your street cred while taking care of your legs.

How to do it:

– Choose the right level of compression (measured in mmHg; 15-20 mmHg is a good starting point).

– Slip them on first thing in the morning before the swelling starts.

– Wear them throughout the day, especially if you’re on your feet a lot.

Think of them as Spanx for your legs – supportive, slimming, and secretly doing wonders beneath your pants.


  1. Hydration: drink your way to de-swelling your legs

It might seem counterintuitive to drink more water to reduce swelling, but hydration is key. When your body is dehydrated, it holds onto fluids, making swelling worse. By drinking enough water, you encourage your kidneys to flush out excess salt and fluids.

How to do it:

– Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day.

– Infuse your water with lemon or cucumber for added benefits (and Instagram-worthy aesthetics).

– Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.

Stay hydrated, and your legs will thank you by slimming down and feeling lighter.

  1. Move it: get your blood pumping

Exercise is a non-negotiable if you want to combat leg swelling. Movement helps improve circulation and prevents fluids from pooling in your lower extremities.

How to do it:

– Go for a brisk 30-minute walk daily.

– Incorporate leg-specific exercises like calf raises, ankle pumps, and cycling.

– If stuck at a desk, take breaks every hour to stretch and move around.

Even desk-bound warriors can find ways to sneak in some movement. Remember, every step counts towards de-puffing those legs.

Endospheres for leg swelling

  1. Endospheres to combat leg swelling

55 hypoallergenic silicone spheres slide along the entire leg in a rhythmic, pressing manner using Compressive Microvibration. The unpleasant sensation of swelling flows away along with the spheres releasing a sense of lightness and well-being. 

How to do it: 

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The Bottom Line

So, next time you find your legs morphing into unrecognizable entities, channel your inner scientist, follow these tips, and watch the swelling subside. Your legs (and your skinny jeans) will thank you.