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3/2/13 10:28 A

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Thank you to everyone for your feedback and suggestions. I think I have it under control now. I've been working on finding alternate exercises I can do with my knee and foot problems and have been exercising like a maniac to see if that would help. I also have been drinking green tea and a lot of water and laying with my legs elevated for about half an hour each day. All of these things seem to be working because the swelling is mostly gone. Unfortunately all the exercise has agrivated the arthritis in my knees. I guess I can't win. I go back to the doctor on Tuesday so I'll bring it up with him then. Also, I read that cortisone can cause edema and 2 weeks ago when the swelling started was the same time as the doctor gave me a cortisone shot in my foot.

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3/1/13 3:49 P

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Those exercises are great, but I DID note that the articles failed to mention that a common cause with older (and 40-50yr-olds fall into this category, too) is heart and kidney issues - this is why you really need to check it out with your Dr AS WELL!

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3/1/13 11:54 A

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I just did a Google search for exercises specifically for swollen ankles and this is what I found. Something new to add to my exercise routine I think. Here are the links:

www.livestrong.com/article/403228-ex
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cises-that-reduce-ankle-swelling/


www.livestrong.com/article/462835-ex
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cises-for-swollen-feet/


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I know the reluctance to see the Dr, but there could as mentioned be something more serious going on if its a sudden onset. I also find that taking breaks while I'm sitting and I am in a wheel chair mostly so have to for long times, is good. During that time lift your legs a few times gently, so as not to distress your knees, take a short walk like down the hall and back and rotating your ankles gently a few times each direction helps. The longer you sit without moving the more the fluids in your legs pool around your ankles and the more the swelling. You might also want to find out from the Md if you have gout onsetting, another type of arthritis.
As far as compression stockings there are some good diabetic compression stockings which are fitted to you, your local pharmacy may have them they are called JOBST brand. These have a gentle and massaging sort of compression that works very well. They just come up to your knees and are very comfortable to wear.

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Thank you again for the suggestions. I'd heard that laying on the floor and resting your legs up the side of the wall was good and thought I'd maybe try that. Probably the reasoning behind it is, like was mentioned, to get your feet higher than your head. Laying on the bed with my feet on a pillow was recommended also and that sounds easier. I have arthritis in my knees and getting up from the floor is sometimes hard on them. I read a lot so maybe instead pf reading while sitting on my recliner I'll put my feet up on my bed.
I don't think I want to think about compression stockings (yet). I did buy some diabetic socks though, I'm not diabetic but wanted something that wasn't tight around my ankles.

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First of all, you are second-guessing your Dr's response and often that guess is wrong, altho' you are correct with the sodium. You really need to see your Dr because this can be an indicator of a potentially serious problem with your heart or a problem with your renal function, as well as other things. Sometimes natural therapies just aren't enough (been there - done that!)

There are some tips that can help:

Don't just stand for long - if you are on your feet keep them moving as much as possible, even if it means sometimes walking on the spot.

Elevate your feet - preferably about your heart, 2-3 times per day.

Elevate the bottom of the bed - it is very easy to get raisers to do this, and it may only need to be 2-3 inches. Another alternative is to put something under the mattress at the bottom, but that isn't so good.

If you massage/moisturize your feet/legs, make sure that you start at the bottom and use upward strokes toward you heart, rather than working down the leg.

Compression stockings can be helpful, but make sure that you are properly fitted for them so that they aren't too tight.

If you wear socks, make sure that the bands don't dig into the skin - it reduces blood flow.

Good luck and let us know what the Dr says!
Kris



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2/28/13 12:49 P

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Thank you for the suggestions. I think I'll share the massage idea with my husband, I'll make him be my willing volunteer emoticon

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I wear compression hose, be careful what kind of surface you walk on, the harder the surface the more the swelling, sleep with a pillow under your feet, limit salt, remember hidden salt, good walking shoes, use a staff, cane, or other walking aid to take the weight off your legs, have someone message your legs rubbing from the toe to the knee, never from the knee to the ankle, and of course lose weight to get the extra weight off. I hope some of these ideas help.

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Take time to elevate your legs!! It will give you a good chance to blog or even read a good book that you've been wanting to read for so long.

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Hi everyone, I'm at my wits end and am really hoping I can get some suggestions that will help me with this. Ever since I started having problems with my feet and can't go on the long walks I used to take daily I've had a big problem with my ankles swelling and general water retention. Does anyone have any suggestions of "natural" ways to deal with this? I'm reluctant to see my doctor about it yet because I feel like once my feet are better and I can start walking more the problem will resolve itself. I think all the doctor will do is tell me to reduce the amount of salt I use and prescribe lasix. I already stopped using salt and set my Nutrition Tracker to track my sodium levels and I'm not ready to go the drug route yet. I'm getting really tired of feeling puffy all the time!

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