“My diabetic socks do not help with my swollen legs and feet.” We hear this complaint with a lot of customers that are (diabetics). They call us, asking for additional help and recommendations in wearing compression socks to help with circulation and everyday swelling in the legs and feet. Yes, diabetic swollen feet and legs, is a common foot and leg problem among diabetics.
First and foremost, we advise our callers to consult with their doctors. Their doctor / physician will evaluate them, rule out serious complications and base their opinion on the patient’s overall health and specific health needs. Noted in…The Health Site. Article by Jahnavi Sarma | May 21, 2020. Mentions the seriousness of diabetic swollen feet and the seriousness of diabetes, if left untreated. https://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/diabetes/swollen-feet-is-a-common-complication-of-diabetes-know-how-to-deal-with-it-naturally-746683/ If you have diabetes, you may have encountered swollen feet at some point of time. Sometimes this becomes a chronic problem. Diabetes is a common problem suffered by many people around the world. It is a serious condition and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health complications. You get diabetes when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin. This leads to the accumulation of sugar in your bloodstream. If you do not control this condition or neglect taking your prescribed medicines regularly, you may suffer from damage to the lining of smaller blood vessels, which can adversely affect blood circulation. This leads to fluid accumulation in the legs, feet and ankles. It is more common in diabetics who are also obese and have heart, liver and kidney problems. Sometimes, it may be because of venous insufficiency and poor circulation. If you take a high dose of insulin, this may be a common problem for you.
We have Good News there are “natural treatments” that can help.
Here are 6 everyday “natural tips” that have been tested for diabetics. These helpful tips, HELPS relieve edema / swelling of your legs and feet.
- Wear Compression Socks
We ask that you speak to your doctor to recommend and determine which compression level is best for you, depending on the severity of the edema in your legs. You don’t want the compression socks to be (too tight) or (too loose). You should never use compression socks over an open wound, ulcer, or sore, unless the medical stockings are specialized in that area. Most doctors will recommend a soft, stretchy non-binding support sock, with a light 15-20mmHg compression level. You may ask…How can compression socks / stockings help? Compression stockings and socks put a slight pressure on your feet and legs. This slight “pressure” compresses your blood vessels in your lower legs to improve blood circulation, to help manage swollen feet. It’s important to put them on early morning to help with the edema during the day and remove them at bedtime.
Here at RescueLegs, we have “certified fitting specialists” waiting to help you with your leg measurements, to determine the right size for a proper fit.
- Keep Your Feet Elevated
While sitting for long periods of time, ELEVATE your feet! Try to ELEVATE your feet above the heart. This is a great way to reduce fluid buildup in your feet, causing discomfort and swelling. Even, 10-15 minutes will HELP, to improve your blood flow.
- Avoid excess SALT / SODIUM Intake
Yes, we all know SALT can make us retain fluids. Statistics show the average American eats close to 3,400 mg salt per day. The recommended guidelines state that an adult should NOT intake more than 2,300 mg per day. And if you’re a DIABETIC you need to lessen and be stricter, to help manage your diabetes. Back to your swollen legs and feet. Did you know SALT will cause your legs and feet swelling, to worsen? It hard not to like our foods seasoned with salt. However, there are plenty of herbs and spices you can use, such as rosemary, thyme, paprika and garlic, to give your meals a better taste. Again, we recommend you speak to your doctor to determine what levels of sodium are Safe for you to ingest.
- Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of WATER – Yes, you have heard this all your life – it’s TRUE! Drinking enough water everyday can help combat circulation problems, plus helps flush out bad toxins in our bodies. Abid by the old “8 x 8 rule” Drink eight 8 ounces glasses of water each day. If you want to IMPROVE your blood sugar levels, Increase your water intake!! Now, this is where a lot of diabetic patients feel confused. We say that their bodies are retaining extra fluid. Then why would one want to drink even more fluid? When you are drinking more water, naturally, your body will work harder to expel more fluid. This is just the effect that we were hoping to achieve. Your body needs WATER to function at its BEST!
- Epsom Salt Bath for your Feet & Legs
Epsom Salt is a popular natural remedy for a number of health issues. Yes, it HELPS against diabetic foot problems such as swelling / inflammation associated with leg and feet pain. The magnesium sulfate in the Epsom Salt works to improve circulation and reduce swelling. If you could try this soothing bath at least 2 times a week, you will see and feel a difference in your legs and feet. In the tub, run just enough warm to hot water to cover my legs fully. Use 2 to 3 cups of Epsom Salt according to your weight, and soak for 20 minutes. The salt easily absorbs through the skin, giving “immediate” relief from the swelling and pain in your feet and legs. A REMINDER, if your diabetic, please test out the water temperature first to prevent any foot injuries.
- Exercise and Try to Maintain a Healthy Weight
Physical activity does not mean doing a regiment routine exercise every day. Physical activity can mean getting up from sitting every hour, take a short walk. Always, be careful, because of the pain, swelling and sensitivity in the diabetic foot. Even doing a few stretches would be good and easy. Resistance Stretch bands are excellent for stretching exercises. To ensure good blood circulation, you need to keep moving off and on during the day. By exercising daily, will Help reduce swelling. Exercise boost blood flow speeds up your metabolism which helps maintain a healthier weight and healthier benefits. Plus, maintaining a healthy weight is a great way to prevent a long line of health issues.
In Conclusion, when our legs and feet are swollen, this is a WARNING SIGN!! Touch base with your primary doctor to evaluate your legs and feet. There’s Good News, swollen legs and feet can be easily managed. Invest in some quality compression socks, drink plenty of water, ELEVATE your feet, exercise, avoid excess SALT intake, and treat yourself to relaxing Epsom bath. It’s all about improving your overall condition and the quality of one’s life.
About choosing quality compression socks, that’s what we do here at RescueLegs.com. Being a diabetic, we want to be very careful in providing a light 8-15 or 15-20 mmHg compression level. We also offer soft stretchy support socks, making it easy to get on and take off. If and when you need our assistance, we do have a couple light compression stockings / sock recommendations. The Natural two way stretch knee high or our two way stretch thigh high.
At rescuelegs.com, the health of your legs and feet, is our Priority. We have Certified Fitting Specialist waiting to Help provide you with a proper fit and answer any questions you may have. We want to make sure, your legs get the compression needed for good blood circulation, to help relieve any leg and feet discomfort you may have. Please call our Toll Free # (844)-629-9642.