My feet swell and feel warm to the touch! Worried.

By Grace562 Latest Reply 2013-08-08 16:29:05 -0500
Started 2013-08-05 15:51:29 -0500

My feet seem to start swelling around noon and they ache from my knees to the bottoms of my feet. Around my calf to my ankle my legs feel hot and are warm to the touch. I wear diabetic socks and I cannot stand them after noon. Has anyone else encountered this? The pain is becoming unbearable and I feel so anxious and disturbed. I just want to scream!!!!

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Anonymous 2013-08-08 16:29:05 -0500 Report

I had that happen. Does the skin have dimpling & look like the peel of an orange? Are they shiny & itch sometimes? That is how my legs were when I had cellulitis. I followed with an Infectious Disease specialist for months. It actually was a staph infection. Seems like I was on daily IV vancomycin for a month then oral Levaquin for a long time. It was extremely uncomfortable especially since was in middle of Summer. Sometimes I would put cool towel wraps on them. I also remember it being painful to walk & couldn't stand the sun on them. I sure hope that's not what you have, but you should call your doctor before (if) they get bad. Hope you find out soon! ;o)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-05 19:26:11 -0500 Report

Grace, I had that problem and the pain was unbearable before and after I was diagnosed. There were times I thought my feet were in a vise and someone was squeezing it. My doctor didn't give me meds for it. He told me once I got my blood sugar numbers down the neuropathy would clear up. He was correct. To reduce the swelling he gave me a prescription for TEDS Stockings (thromboembolism-deterrent). I had to wear them from morning to evening and he did not want me sleeping in them. If your doctor orders them for you, you can get them at Wal-Mart. Your pharmacist has to measure you for them. Do not go an buy a pair on your own. Your doctor is the only one who can determine if you need them and he/she can determine the kind you will need. They come with the feet like a sock, without toes, above or below the knee. Only he/she can determine if you need them. They are also available in White, Black and Taupe or skin tone. Your doctor will also prescribe a medication for you.

Contact your doctor immediately about this problem and if your legs are swelling do not wear any kind of sock. Even diabetic socks can cut off circulation in your legs depending on how bad the swelling is. Good luck

Grace562 2013-08-05 20:35:25 -0500 Report

Joyce, thank you so much for your advise. My numbers are getting better every day and I hope I can have relief of this pain soon. I am awaiting my insurance to kick in this month so that I can see a doctor. This pain makes me so anxious that I can't eat, and have to force myself to eat but then I am in so much pain that I throw up. I will discontinue the use of the diabetic socks. I greatly appreciate your feedback.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-05 20:52:15 -0500 Report

I have diabetic socks but I only wear them when the weather is cold. I hate my feet being confined. I miss walking around barefoot in my house. I am the queen of flip flops. I have them in all kinds of colors including the ones from Old Navy that have red/white stripes on one shoe, blue/white and the stars on the other shoe. People always tell me I have on odd shoes.

I saw a podiatrist who told me that I don't need diabetic socks. The only thing I don't like about them is that my feet feel like they are sliding in them. I don't have that feeling in regular socks when I wear them. Hope you feel better soon.

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