By ghollona Latest Reply 2011-04-14 07:08:15 -0500
Started 2011-04-13 15:39:51 -0500


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Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2011-04-14 07:08:15 -0500 Report

Hi there! Like the others I would try to find out why this happens, but I would also like to say to try diabetic socks/compression socks. They're more expensive but well worth the cost. I got some @ Walmart for @ $6-7 but they sure help! Some are slightly less there also. Do elevate your feet whenever possible and when at home elevate above your heart level. If no compression socks maybe try wrapping your feet with ace bandages, but not tightly then elevate. Let us know if any of this helps you. P.S. there are compression socks that go all the way up the thighs which are POSITIVELY THE BEST! I got a couple pairs after a total knee replacement 4 yrs ago before type 2 diagnosis and I hung onto them and am sooooo glad I did. Take care, ..pJ

GabbyPA 2011-04-13 19:49:46 -0500 Report

First you want to find out the cause before you try to treat. There are so many causes and you and your doctor need to figure out what is happening. For me, it was sitting too long with my feet tucked under my chair. For my mom, it was a medication she was taking. For another friend it was water retention related to her heart problems. So they are not to be taken lightly and you want to keep a record of when it happens so you can find patterns to share with your doctor.

jayabee52 2011-04-13 17:42:43 -0500 Report

Howdy ghollona!
I would omit the salt ENTIRELY. (sea salt may taste differently from table salt - but it's effects on the body are the same). One gets enough salt in daily foods to skip any use of salt elsewhere. Salt is an acquired taste. When I cut salt out of my life, things were almost too salty which didn't seem salty to me before.

Another thing I'd do to reduce edema (leg swelling due to water retention) is elevate your legs as much as possible. If you can sleep with your legs above your heart level in your bed, that helps too.

You asked a question about leg swelling, but your title was "cramps".

They don't ALWAYS go together.

Cramps can occur for a few reasons, a bulid-up of lactic acid in your muscles, or a deficiency of Magnesium ("Mg") necessary for good muscle function (and since your heart is a muscle — your heart function as well).

There are perhaps other reasons for cramps too, but these are the ones just off the top of my head.

Cramps are often counteracted by stretching the muscle involved. It does hurt a bit, but the cramp goes away quicker. and the deficiency of magnesium may be counteracted by eating foods high in Mg or by taking a Mg suppliment (be careful not to overdo it or you'll get a laxative effect).

I pray that whatever is giving you trouble will go away

Blessings to you and yours


Absolutely Ruby
Absolutely Ruby 2011-04-13 16:46:56 -0500 Report

I'm not really sure but I know how miserable it can be. I had a lot of problems with my feet and ankles swelling for years, so bad I couldn't wear my shoes. Since then, I changed my diet, cut out regular table salt (subbing sea salt) and got my sugars under control and have had no more swelling.