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Swollen feet remedy?

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I have always suffered when skiing with swollen feet. As a result after a couple of hours I get the crushing feet pain. No matter what I have tried with boots I have to suffer it on every trip. This is caused by a number of things, altitude, cold as well as the restriction to circulation buckling the boots causes. Is there a medication I can safely use that will reduce the swelling in my feet and hence the discomfort but be safe to obviously have with the après beers later in the day.
Whilst trekking in the Pyrenees I again noticed my feet swell up with the combination of altitude and the heat. 57 year old, in good health and would I'm fit for my age.
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Funnily enough I was having a conversation today with a friend whose doctor daughter has been working in Addis Ababba. On a high mountain trek there, she was advised by another local doctor to take Dioralyte while at altitude to realign her electrolytes to make her feel better & reduce the swelling in her fingers. I've no idea if it works, but might be worth a try
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@genepi, interesting. I get swollen fingers at altitude, but not feet.
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Again, funny you say that as my Trek was the Camino De Santiago in northern Spain which was 600 odd miles and the first 2/3 weeks I was drinking dioralyte a lot to keep my levels up. Feet still did swell after 2/3 hours and was put right by simply stopping for 5 minutes remove my boots and massage my feet. If I ignored it was very painful but not to the degree of ski boots which I am sure is then made a lot worse due to the securing buckles on them which when the feet swell cuts off circulation.
To think I every year and sometimes twice put myself through this for the love of skiing and the mountains.
Thanks for your replies.
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Non elastic socks might help.. I find that boots thta are too tight when snowboarding can make sollen feet a lot worse.
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Hurtle wrote:
@genepi, interesting. I get swollen fingers at altitude, but not feet.


So do I, but not when skiing. It is usually when I am walking, and if I am walking without poles, so easily remedied. I guess the poles stops it happening when skiing too.
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@Scarlet Fez, have you seen (in not any particular order) either a very good, recommended boot fitter (boots maybe causing circulation issues) or a doctor/foot expert?

Buckling boots up should cause circulation issues.
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Massage is the best remedy for swollen feet. Also you can soak your feet in tonic water which help to reduce swelling. You can also do a salt water soak instead of tonic soak.
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