Swelling or edema is a problem commonly associated with diabetes because of medications that are used to treat the condition. Thiazolidinediones medications are used for diabetes because they help the body produce insulin.
One of the main side effects is swelling, especially in the legs and feet or ankles. This can be bothersome, but there are measures that can be taken to help reduce the swelling in the feet and ankles.
- Consult your physician if you experience swelling in your ankles. Solving the problem may be as simple as switching medications to one that may not cause as much swelling. If the problem persists, there are other methods to help reduce swelling.
- Prop your feet above your heart to help lessen swelling. Use pillows to elevate feet to a higher level.
- Wear support stocking sif you have to be on your feet for any length of time. This should help limit the swelling.
- Drink plenty of water to help flush your system of unnecessary fluid. This may not seem like it makes sense, but it will help
- Consider taking a diuretic (water pills) to rid your body of excess fluid. Consult with your physician before taking these pills.
- Exercise your legs by walking around to help move the fluid to other areas, so it will not build up in the ankles or legs.
- Limit salt or sodium intake, which can add to water retention.
- Avoid prolonged standing on your feet, because this draws the fluid to your feet and ankles.
If swelling persists, it could be an indication of another health problem and you should seek advice from your physician.
- If swelling persists, it could be an indication of another health problem and you should seek advice from your physician.