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1 year ago  ::  Sep 23, 2013 - 7:05PM #8
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Been a while since I've commented on a goes. Embarassed  I've had edema in my ankle since a compound fracture for at least 8 years - Dr diagnosed.  After in hosp January, on none of my Supplements, my ankle was normal.  Once home I added supplements back one-at-a-time/week....when I added Fish Oil back my ankle blew up  ugh....  stopped the fish oil and within a few days the ankle was fine!  When I think of all the years of being self-conscious of my ugly ankle, never shorts always pants  sigh....   Throwing this out if I can help someone....always check with Dr first.  Smile

1 year ago  ::  Sep 05, 2013 - 11:25PM #7
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I think your feet were swelling because you started a new job and wasn't use to standing.  I bet they are better now if you kept working and got use to it?


2 years ago  ::  Sep 01, 2013 - 9:25PM #6
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My insurance covers one pair of diabetic shoes per year, but I switch shoes often.  I have New Balance walking shoes in a cream color paid for by the insurance -I lucked up on the same exact style at TJ Maxx for the low cost of $19.99.  It was a closeout of a Cancer promotion (had the lttle pink cancer insignia) but style the same as my diabetic shoes but in white.  Shop around, there are low cost alternatives in places that we don't expect to find them.

2 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2013 - 4:58PM #5
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If you don't have insurance, that is definietly something you may want to look in to.  Medicare offers diabetics one pair of shoes a year.  Also, your feet are the foundation of your body so you will definietely want to take care of your feet.  You may want to look into wider fitting shoes to accommodate the swelling as well.

If you have a chance, go to your docto and see if they can prescribe some compression socks for you.  Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need a specific level of compression.  COmpression socks are a great choice to help with the swelling.

2 years ago  ::  May 01, 2013 - 3:39PM #4
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This was a response from " Everything Diabetes" section of D life.

Hello: Swelling-(Is this occasional of ongoing) causes somewhat generic, but you can rule out those not applicable. Are you overweight? have you been sitting or standing a very long time? Do you have varicose veins? Are you retaining fluids, (press on the affected area and see how it responds), Is it an allergic reaction that has caused the feet/ankle area to swell? If it's occasional ; a slight weight loss might help and investigate sodium intake, elevate your legs, if you are sitting for prolonged periods,( a plane ride or car travel), plan a stop/walk around to stretch the legs. Now, serious and ongoing swelling: sore red and swollen-see your health care provider. Poor circulation, cramping pain that occurs at about the same point each time you walk goes away when you stop and rest. See your health care provider. Heart involvement-fluid retention in both legs and may not be painful. See your health care provider. Although you may not be able to treat these conditions yourself, I'm big on proactive reduce RISK. If you smoke-STOP, control blood pressure, exercise moderately and regularly, attain a healthy weight. Always, always seek immediate medical care if you have 'unexplained' painful swelling that becomes warm, red and inflamed. Thats the scoop on explanations for swelling, hope this was helpful. Some things you can manage on your own, but, when to seek assistance is KEY. Call on dLife, take care and let us know what the verdict is. Regards Sue for YOU!

Answered By: Susan Throop

Accreditations: RD, CDE, MA

2 years ago  ::  May 01, 2013 - 2:26PM #3
Posts: 39

I have edema from damage to my leg when I broke it years ago.  And I sit all day.

What helps me is that I wear sneakers.  Get your doctor to write you a note if your job doesn't allow it.  Tie them reasonably, but not so tightly that they cut your circulation off.  Wear thin socks.

I leave my sneakers on and tied most of the day and into the evening.  If my feet start to swell up, I put the shoes back on.

2 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2013 - 3:19AM #2
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A foot soaking perhaps for less than 20 minutes after you get home.  Getting your feet up to rest them?  Making sure that you have the proper fitting shoes to stand up the amount that you do?  I am guessing of course.  Please be careful.  I think they have to take you in the ER if it gets to be a real emergency.


2 years ago  ::  Apr 26, 2013 - 7:52PM #1
Posts: 105
started a new job, am standing all day. Noticed my feet are swelling/sore. I know there are the special socks, but zero insurance coverage.... any simple solutions/suggestions?
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