swelling in feet

long island girl
By long island girl Latest Reply 2012-01-29 13:10:31 -0600
Started 2012-01-03 17:09:08 -0600

i have neurophathy and my foot is swollen on my left foot is anyone experiencing this my dr says i still have circulation i don't know what to do about it

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long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-12 04:39:55 -0600 Report

hi to all my friends on this site thank you so much for all your support i called my dr. again he suggested an ace bandage my husband went to cvs bought their brand 3" self stick you can use it over again i used it one night and so far the swelling in my left foot has gone done alot this morning. You should put it on at night after work while you are watching tv with your feet elevated and before you go to bed take it off. Just wanted to let everyone know you guys have been so good to me hopefully this will help someone else. I wasn't retaining fluid because as my dr reminded me my blood pressure pill has a water pill in it. xoxoxo everyone maria <3 ):

watson4042 2012-01-09 13:44:01 -0600 Report

i just started having swelling in the left ankle at the end of the day. never heard of charcot foot…what is it…guess i better check it out.

toomuchman 2012-01-08 05:53:30 -0600 Report

Please. Go to a podiatrist and get checked for Charcot foot. It is very important. Especially if you hae diabetic neuropathy and are overweight. It will cripple you. I have it now and it makes life hell. Many doctors don't know what it is. I never heard of it until I was diagnosed last year after walking on a broken foot for 3 weeks.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-09 10:13:45 -0600 Report

A very informative post, Thank You, had never heard of anything like this before.

Matunuckan 2012-01-16 10:56:12 -0600 Report

Check out some of the Youtube videos. Just search 'charcot foot'. My doctor suggested that I not walk or run vigorously, or very far (i.e. exercise), but normal walking is fine. This has been an adjustment for me, because I had been a runner for decades.

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-09 09:34:23 -0600 Report

thank you for your advice my doctor told me to lose weight watch my sugar i have to get back on my diet again i didnt injure my foot i had an open wound for over a year that never healed it finally did my doctor said i still have circulation

Gracie40 2012-01-07 08:09:09 -0600 Report

This may not apply to your situation, but when I was on Actos, my feet/ankles and legs swelled terribly. I begged to be taken off of it. Which my doctor was happy to do for me. Of course watch your sodium intake and watch the processed foods. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies, salads and use lower sodium dressings. Do elevate your feet when sitting and avoid knee hose. Sleep with feet elevated if you can. It may or may not be a cardiac condition. But have doctor check that out too.
I wish you the best. God Bless.

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-09 09:27:59 -0600 Report

thank you gracie i know i have to watch my diet again i originally had an open wound on my big toe for over a year that didn't heal that finally did now i have sweilling in my left foot only i am not on actos thank you for your concern

pixsidust 2012-01-06 00:08:45 -0600 Report

My feet just started swelling this week for the first time. I wake up and can't wait to put my shoes on they hurt that bad. Its like they are too tender to put on the floor without support and cushioning. Now my feet are not elevated but I am in bed all night. Any help or ideas?

Matunuckan 2012-01-13 20:16:36 -0600 Report

My Endocrinologist suggested Charcot foot to me after I had painful swelling in my foot after walking 3 miles, 2 days in a row. I went to my new Podiatrist, who supposedly specialized in diabetes (in the established practice that she was in). She didn't think much of the charcot foot idea expressed (and communicated to her) by my endocrinologist. My podiatrist thought it was probably gout. I had gone to the ER, and had blood tests performed B4 seeing the podiatrist. The blood test showed no problem with my uric acid count, which is usually an indication of gout. My podiatrist gave me another slip to get my uric acid level tested as soon (and if) I had another attack. Well, I went for more 3 mile walks, & had the same problem, but in my other foot. I never heard back from the podiatrist, and neither did my endocrinologist. About a month after that I saw my endocrinologist, & then my podiatrist.
The podiatrist still thought it was gout, even though the blood test was negative.

Bottom line - in MY case, I trust my endocrinologist more than my podiatrist, since he has long been considered the best in the state in his field. Trust your gut, and go with who you trust!

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-16 09:16:08 -0600 Report

my dr keeps saying my circulation is good lose weight watch your sugars he is a regular dr i don't think he knows everything about my foot. I asked for referal to foot dr who says he doesn't feel pulse in my feet and one is very swollen he referred me to vascular dr i have appt thursday to do a test if it is arteroid or vein problem i have to have dopler test done

Matunuckan 2012-01-16 10:18:22 -0600 Report

I highly suggest going to a good endocrinologist (diabetes doctor).

Check into local resouces (newspapers, magazines, etc) to see who the best doctors (by specialty) are in your area & start a relationship. Your PCP may have a recommendation also.

There can be a lot of situations where the specialist knows from experience w/a large number of diabetics, what is wrong, or what would be the best thing to do next. My podiatrist had me have the vascular tests too. I already knew I had neuropathy, but she had no additional info for me, other than to have more blood work done when symptoms reoccur.

Good luck with the vascular doctor, it is NOT a waste of time.

Young1s 2012-01-16 09:41:53 -0600 Report

Good for you for getting that referral. That's a perfect example of why we can't just depend upon our PCP's for all the answers. We have specialists for a reason. I think I'm going to do the same when I meet with my doctor later this week. The pain I was experiencing has subsided but I still get the swelling. Good luck with your appointment and keep us posted.

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-16 10:33:44 -0600 Report

thank you i know i have neuropathy already but i have to find out what else is going on like a friend of mine told me with diabetes you just never know what is going on inside our bodies

hac62 2012-01-07 14:10:19 -0600 Report

I had that problem and I found that if you get up off the chair and walk around for a while it helps a lot too much sitting can cause this because of circulation also the opposite laying down too long can also affect the legs it's a balance of time with gravity

Young1s 2012-01-06 09:58:53 -0600 Report

I wish I knew Christy. My feet have been sensitive like this for a few days now. It's usually and indicator that my levels are too high, but they haven't been. Wish I could figure it out because it's very upsetting to me. It makes no sense that my feet are sore upon waking in the morning, as if I'd been standing on them all night.

jigsaw 2012-01-07 18:26:57 -0600 Report

Aside from a potential circulation problem, is it possible that your bg is going high in the wee hours of the night. I never had swelling, but I did experience high bg at approx 4 in the morning in the past.

jigsaw 2012-01-09 11:18:23 -0600 Report

I spoke with my endo in detail about high bgs and low bgs in the late eves when we are sleeping. A somewhat common occurrence with diabetics. Obviously without being alerted to this possibility, there would be no way of knowing. You probably are aware of the usual explanation for this occurrence. I was able to solve the late hour high bgs in my situation. Either way, I hope you find the answer soon.

bh69 2012-01-05 18:26:13 -0600 Report

Wowsa!!..I have the swelling, numbing and SUPER HOT feet (both). I'm like really new to this, and I'm having a hard time balancing my sugar levels. I've cut out a ton of the foods and drinks that I used to enjoy. But even now, this very minute; my sugar level is high at 174.All I've had to eat was sum green beans and water. It really seems that no matter how much or how little or what I eat, the levels r threw the charts. From what I've read on this site so far, I'm DEFIANTLY IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO FIND SUM HELP!! GREAT SITE! Oh..any suggestions or comments please, message me.

GlennMill52 2012-01-07 18:42:23 -0600 Report

With Diabetes you have to cover the amount food you eat with either Insulin or oral medication! This is something you have to decide with your doctor or a diatition. Everybody is different! Other wise if you have too many carbs you will go up, or too much medication. You have to include a balance of carbs with your meals.

nollick 2012-01-05 09:24:36 -0600 Report

Also, be sure to avoid crossing your legs at all times. If you have a desk job, grab the trash can, [empty it] & turn it on its side to give some elevation of the legs. If you don't have one, buy one & keep it under your desk (a small pillow or folded towel/blanket can make it more comfortable). A easy, inexpensive fix - a*n*y height is better than none! :)

harleydudeokc 2012-01-07 18:48:57 -0600 Report

I am having swelling feet and work at a desk all day. Thanks for the heads up. I wondered what to do about it short of buying new footware.

Young1s 2012-01-05 09:31:53 -0600 Report

That's an interesting idea. I can see how that would be helpful, depending upon the space under the desk.

nollick 2012-01-05 09:49:40 -0600 Report

I agree which is why I suggested turning the trash can on it's side. I always like to put my legs up [even w/o swelling] & at home I now use a child's convertible wooden step/seat - It also helps because I am short & am able to solidly place my feet on the "floor" when they are down It used to be my kids' who are now 29 & 30 y.o.!! lololol Talk about reduce, re-purpose & recycle… thx 4 replying.
NOTE: a short stool, milk crate, THICK-sided liquor box (from a local liquor store - if u ask, they usuallywill save for you) or hammock could also work - everyone should have an idea of the available space under their desk & use whatever comes to mind (the higher, the better for swollen foot/feet. If only 1 swollen limb - I wqould still elevate both.

KATCHA FALLING STAR... 2012-01-04 18:23:41 -0600 Report

I know people who have had great results on some shakes they are taking…let me know if you're interested in some info on it.

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 18:55:32 -0600 Report

I've never had a shake that didn't run my BG up. What do you use?

jigsaw 2012-01-07 18:15:57 -0600 Report

you never tried one of my shakes !!!

Caroltoo 2012-01-07 19:08:18 -0600 Report

True. What do you put in yours?

I fixed one for my husband yesterday that was 1 scoop vanilla whey powder, 1 cup concord grape juice, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 frozen banana, about 1/2 cup of frozen blackberries. He had a mug: I had about 1/2 cup and did ok.

It's glucerna and the "approved" diabetic shakes that send me soaring.

jigsaw 2012-01-07 22:15:04 -0600 Report

Into my 1000 watt Ninja I put some lowfat milk, ice, vanilla extract and whatever sweetner you prefer. I use Stevia. Sometimes I use just a bit of sugarfree chocolate syrup. As long as I keep the milk content low, it has little effect on my bg, and it's filling. When I feel more courageous, I make a smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, lowfat milk, vanilla extract and Stevia. This does raise my bg more than I like, ever since i stopped the Actos. So it looks like I'm stuck taking the vanilla thickshake when I want to fill up along with a teenie weenie meal ! I'm not really that hard on myself, but it sounds impressive at any rate.

Caroltoo 2012-01-07 22:33:44 -0600 Report

Sounds yummy. I've used almond milk sometimes to avoid real milk. I do like the whey powder because it helps keep me from reacting as much to the fructose in the fruit.

jigsaw 2012-01-08 07:31:27 -0600 Report

I am going to pick up some whey and give it a try! Lately, and with the elimination of Actos, it is a bit tougher to control my bg. Time to make some diet adjustments.

Young1s 2012-01-05 08:58:01 -0600 Report

Me neither. I'll handle my swelling the old fashioned way. I don't need to compound my issues with higher BG's.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-05 07:08:59 -0600 Report

Snake Oil I believe

cavie2 2012-01-29 10:49:36 -0600 Report

Eeeewwwww, what on earth is snake oil. Is it what I think it is? Please say NO. Think i'm gonnie be sick.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-29 13:10:31 -0600 Report

In the old west peddlers would try and sell any thing they could as a health aid(much the same today on the Internet:] ) most of the time it was mostly cheep whiskey of which the recipe could be anything under the sun. google "snake oil" and you will get some idea of the meaning.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-04 15:58:23 -0600 Report

Foot swelling may be caused by heart and/or circulation problems. If you can see a cardiologist. The cure for this can be as simple as taking a diuretic and/or wearing compression stockings to heart surgery. I have had fluid retention problems for the last 18 years. Some basics to help stop fluid retention is sleep with your feet elevated (a pillow under your ankles is fine) and keep your feet elevated when you sit down. Every time you raise your feet your are helping your heart to pump the excess fluid from your legs and keeping the fluid from building up to begin with.
Good luck.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-04 11:14:55 -0600 Report

hi Long Island, I had that problem when I was first diagnosed. My doctor gave me a rx for TEDS stockings. I went to the pharmacy and was measured for them. Took the swelling away and improved circulation. Ask your doctor for them. This will help the swelling. Also look at your salt intake. Salt and Caffeine can cause you to retain fluid. I switched to decaf coffee and tea. I also got a good pair of tennis shoes and got permission to wear them to work since I could not get my feet in any of my shoes. I also bought Diebtcare lotion and slathered it on my feet. Once I got my blood sugars under control, I no longer have a problem with neuropathy. My doctor said it would lesson or go away with controlled blood sugar and it was correct. I have flare ups every now and then or at least once every 3-6 months.

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-06 09:21:16 -0600 Report

thank you joyce i know i have to get better control over my bs it is hard with the holidays now they are over i should throw everything out it was weird how i had an open wound for over a year on back of big toe that finally healed and now i have swelling in that foot i wear diabetic socks all the time i have shoes from sas they have a boxed toe i also wear slippers now in the office from brookstone thanks for the advice

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-01-04 07:28:21 -0600 Report

I have severe swelling in my legs and feet. I have a Lazy boy recliner and it's wonderful. It help so much to kick back in it and put my feet up. I also put a pillow under my legs for a little extra elevation. I also have neurophathy. I Love My Lazy Boy !!!

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-06 09:23:05 -0600 Report

teresa i have a lazy boy recliner we just bought i try to elevate my feet when i come home from work i try to elevate in bed but it is hard to do thanks for your help

AuntieBear 2012-01-08 00:15:58 -0600 Report

Have you tried placing a body piillow at the foot of the bed. Place it between the fitted and flat sheet and make sure you anchor the flat sheet really well under the mattress. Then the pillow won't fall out at night. Then you just place you feet on the pillow and it slightly elevates them. Plus because the body pillow is so long it will cover a lot of width of the bed so you have more freedom to move to the left or right in your sleep.

Young1s 2012-01-04 07:14:23 -0600 Report

My left foot and ankle are constantly swelling but I still have all sensation in them, even when swollen. Elevating the foot works for me too but it takes a long time for the swelling to go back down. I was wondering though. Does anyone know if soaking the foot in a foot bath and then elevating it will help with the circulation better/quicker? Also, should I be elevating both feet, even though only one swells?

Set apart
Set apart 2012-01-06 11:57:10 -0600 Report

It's weird, but my feet have been hurting the last week or so and for the first time I actually felt tingling. This was scary for me since it was a first. My lower part of my calves hurt so bad last night rubbed them with some Mentholatum ointment and slept with them some what elevated. Is this okay to actually sleep with them elevated. I felt like I needed to do something. This morning I was okay. All of this and I my BGs haven't even been running high?????

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 16:04:11 -0600 Report

Should help because the heat causes the vessals to dilate and that allows more fluid to flow out.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-03 17:18:19 -0600 Report

Keep your feet up whenever possible, I my self have to lay down on the bed to reverse the swelling, The next best is a recliner which lets you get you feet almost level with your heart, this makes it easier for circulation, watch out for blood clouts, if you experience any shortness in breath have someone get you to the ER ASAP!!

long island girl
long island girl 2012-01-03 17:48:21 -0600 Report

thank you tom i will watch out for shortness of breath its seems the longer i am living with diabetes it is getting harder every day. i try to elevate when i am home unfortunately i have to work all day up and down at a drs office even at night when i lay in bed my foot is still swollen in the morning it is strange it is only on one side

javarra96 2012-01-03 17:23:55 -0600 Report

Well i guess it's a good thing we got new recliner furniture for xmas lol. And now i really need to stop sitting on my feet if that'll make it swell. It'll be a hard habit to break but i guess i have to do what i have to do

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2012-01-04 06:50:42 -0600 Report

My recliner is wonderful for my swelling feet. Someone gave me a Lazyboy several months ago and I had it in storage for awhile. Then I fell and hurt my back and I started having alot of other problems along with my diabetes. Got the recliner out of storage and boy has it been a God send. My feet swell double in size and the pain from the throbbing is so severe I can hardly stand it.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-04 07:07:48 -0600 Report

Good morning Teresa, it has been a while, have the same problem, and went through blood clouts in both lungs Oct 2010, was a close one. Now when I feel them swelling I tend to go and stretch out on my bed, makes it a lot easier on my heart.

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