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SEPTEMBERGRL70 SparkPoints: (1,619)
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4/24/14 3:01 P

Some puffiness is normal at the end of the day..this is why it is the best time to buy shoes when you feet is at their largest. Since this is a more recent problem and if you feet swell and not just a little puffier, yea, I agree with the others, get checked out.

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4/24/14 4:54 A

Has the weather changed quite a bit? I don't know about legs, but when it is hot and humid and I am outside exercising, my fingers swell quite a bit. I have to put my hands above my head to get the swelling to go down.

JANEY102482 Posts: 393
4/23/14 9:34 A

Haha it's OK, Nirerin - that was a good question! I am sure I'm buying the right sizes, only because I wear the same pair of jeans to walk to and from work every day. They fit my calves just fine in the morning but feel quite snug in the afternoon. Same with my riding boots. That's what made me start measuring my legs in the first place.

Thanks so much for the advice, everyone. It sounds like this isn't a normal thing that most people experience, so I will make a doctor's appointment to see what's up.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,337
4/22/14 9:52 P

1. definitely check with your doc.
2. this is why they say to shop for shoes in the evening, or at least not just in the morning. to some degree, the more vertical you are, the more the water tends to collect at the bottom of you until the point where you lay down to go to sleep and it redistributes evenly. while it happens to everyone it's much more pronounced in people with certain issues. and for the people with those issues it generally requires some degree of medical supervision.
3. i'm really sorry that i can't find a more diplomatic way to put this, so i am going to be a little blunt. are you sure you're buying the correct sizes for you? or are you possibly trying to fit into something that's a little too small for you? when you have more developed leg muscles it can really knock out a few fits of pants and high shoes. when i am close to a half marathon i have quite a few pairs of jeans that start to cut off my circulation if i flex my thighs at all in them. and that's simply a wrong size/cut of pants problem, not a problem with me.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,019
4/22/14 12:55 P

You should definitely make an appointment with a doctor.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/22/14 12:08 P

I would schedule a doctor visit. Swelling is usually a sign that you aren't ridding the body of fluids properly, and may be a sign of heart problems, or diabetes. You might also notice it in your hands. I used to have trouble crossing my fingers, because they swelled up like sausages.

It could be a simple fix, but fluid retention isn't a good thing, so don't put it off, and wait till it becomes a bigger problem.

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4/22/14 11:36 A

Are you eating enough protein?

JUNE1435 SparkPoints: (4,603)
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4/22/14 10:35 A

Have you started a new medication by chance? I am taking one that makes my legs swell, especially when I am not active.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,911
4/22/14 10:18 A

I agree with the previous poster who said to give your doctor's office a call and see if they want you to come in. Since it's unrelated to activity and it's a newer problem, it's better to get it checked out just to be safe.

Coach Jen

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,006
4/22/14 10:13 A

I think you need a qualified medical opinion and not to wait as swelling can be caused due to a sports injury.... pregnancy....heart disease.... fluid retention.... kidney problems.... or another conditions such as allergic reactions..... unhealthy diet....and even sodium retention are also some more causes for the swelling.

Excess weight not only puts pressure on the veins, but also slows the circulation of body fluids....causing swollen feet.

Also check you sodium intake as salt makes the body retain fluids...Dink water as a higher intake of water can be extremely advantageous It would act favorably for the body in general and also reduce swelling of the feet considerably....but make an appointment to get checked out,,,. you could also have a blood pressure problem....they are qualified to tell you what your problem really is...set the appointment now

Water actually protest us against heat exhaustion and reduces sodium buildup in the body. Sure it help the body get rid of waste and toxins, but it also insures proper blood volume.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 4/22/2014 (10:16)
JANEY102482 Posts: 393
4/22/14 10:09 A

Hi Coach Jen -

To answer your questions, this does seem unrelated to my activity level or routine. It's something that has been happening for maybe the past 2-3 months. This did happen to me years ago, but only when I was 40+ lbs heavier, eating unhealthy high-sodium foods, and not drinking a lot of water.

I'm not sure if this is something that happens to everyone, or if it's part of being over 30, or if I should drink less water, or what.

JENNA3 SparkPoints: (41,427)
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4/22/14 9:58 A

I would call your doctor's office and ask them about it over the phone. With mine I leave a message for the nurse and they will ask the doctor and get back to me. If they think it's serious, they'll bring you in. If not, they can give a quick recommendation over the phone.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,911
4/22/14 9:47 A

Is this something new even though you haven't had any changes to the routine you described below? Does it seem correlated to the exercise you're doing, or is it happening regardless of your activity level?

Coach Jen

JANEY102482 Posts: 393
4/22/14 9:35 A

For the past few months, I have noticed that skinny jeans and boots are tight on my lower legs at the end of the day. Yesterday I measured and realized that my calf measurement starts out at 13.5" around 8:00 AM and goes to 14" or 14.25" by 5:00 PM. It's only my lower legs - my thigh measurement stays the same.

The fact that they are swelling this much is disturbing to me. It also makes it difficult to get into my riding boots when I have evening horseback riding lessons! Is this swelling normal, or should I see a doctor about it? If this is normal, what can I do to lessen the swelling?

Info about me that might be pertinent:

- I'm 31, weigh 134 lbs, run 2-4 miles a few times a week and eat reasonably well, staying away from large amounts of sodium for the most part.
- I work a desk job 9-5 but am up walking to and from the copier, other offices, etc. throughout the day.
- I drink most of my daily 8 glasses of water at work.
- I walk 1 mile to work and 1 mile back home 5 days/week.

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