Swollen Ankles

By AliB1980 Latest Reply 2013-07-18 01:15:04 -0500
Started 2013-07-14 16:21:33 -0500


I am a 33 year old Type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed at 18.

I never used to have many issues with fluid retention but I am finding that in warm weather or if I am sitting for long hours at my desk I get really swollen ankles…and I don't mean a bit puffy I mean full out swollen where my ankles disappear and my flip flops leave dents in the skin!!

I drink about 2 litres of water a day and never have tea or fizzy drinks so I am not sure why this is only happening in my legs and not elsewhere…

Does anyone else get this and if so what do you do to try avoid this…it's awful when I always have to wear long skirts because I am so embarrassed about my swollen ankles…!!


7 replies

johnny quad
johnny quad 2013-07-18 00:39:39 -0500 Report

Just get up and walk for a few min's or move your feet up and down march in place sitting at your desk. Get home lay down and prop feet up above your heart ice 20 mim heat 20 min try that. My mom did that in her wheel chair it helped out a lot. :)

AliB1980 2013-07-18 01:15:04 -0500 Report

Thanks Johnny - that sounds really good - I always elevate but have never tried the ice/heat bit! It's a heat wave here in London (England) at the moment so no time like the present!!

AliB1980 2013-07-17 03:55:31 -0500 Report

Yes I am going to go to my doctor to talk to her. My job is a desk based one and I try to get up and move around as often as is possible - I also take the stairs as much as I can and I take public transport so I have to walk every morning and evening - sometimes its not enough though and that's what worries me…Need to book an appt soon!

tthurstonfgx 2013-07-15 16:28:35 -0500 Report

I know of something that could help you! My grandpa has diabetes and has for a long time, and this product has really helped him. Its actually a patch that you apply to your skin and has really helped him with swelling and pain. Keep drinking a lot of water! I hope I can help you out, let me know if I can get more info to you! :)

AliB1980 2013-07-15 14:19:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for your message!! Yes I'm definitely worried as it doesn't seem normal…my kidney function tests always come back normal so I'm not sure if I'm predisposed to this…however I think I will contact my doctor to see if they will prescribe a diuretic. Still drink lots of water as I feel sluggish if I don't. I'll let you know how it goes!!

Rebelove 2013-07-15 10:29:04 -0500 Report

I don't know a lot about T1, but 33 seems to be a bit young to have such a large amount of swelling. You may need a diuretic (water pill) to reduce the swelling in your feet. Definitely elevate then when you can, above your heart is best, and please call your doctor. And don't restrict your fluids unless your doctor tells you to. Good luck, and please let me know how you make out! :)

margokittycat 2013-07-16 23:55:49 -0500 Report

You may want to have your doctor take a look. You may have nerve or circulation issues in your legs and feet. I don't know if it is possible for you to get up and move around more during the day to open up your circulation and blood flow in your legs and feet.