My legs and ankles are swollen and hurt. Is that a complication from my diabetes? My sugar levels are high and I am trying to control them, but I have not had much luck with it lately.

Dr. David Erani


There are many things that can cause pain and swelling of the legs and ankles. Diabetic neuropathy more commonly causes pain in the feet and not swelling. Most likely, these symptoms are not related to your diabetes. That does not mean that you should not address them. The best thing to do is to see your healthcare provider. Until you do, try to avoid salt and keep your legs elevated when you sit. As far as your blood glucose levels are concerned, think of the words of Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who brought Jackie Robinson to the Major League. He said, “Luck is the residue of design.”

May 7, 2013 at 4:36 am