Diabetic Nephropathy Symptoms

Is there a relationship between swollen feet and diabetes? Yes. In most cases, diabetics are suffering from complain of swelling in the feet and legs. How do swollen feet occur in diabetes? - High blood sugar level: The main reason for this

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Relationship Between Swollen Feet and Diabetes

2014-07-29 08:27

Relationship Between Swollen Feet and DiabetesIs there a relationship between swollen feet and diabetes? Yes. In most cases, diabetics are suffering from complain of swelling in the feet and legs.

How do swollen feet occur in diabetes?

- High blood sugar level: The main reason for this problem is improper blood circulation due to damaged blood capillaries as a result of increased pressure. High level of blood sugar level will make the circulation blocked. As a result, ischemia and anoxia occur, leading to damage of the capillaries. Damaged capillaries cause peripheral edema, leakage of fluids into surrounding tissues, which causes swelling.

- Kidney function loss: Kidney is responsible for maintaining the water balance of the body. Diabetes is a high risk of Diabetic Nephropathy, which is a kidney disease. When the kidney is injured, it cannot remove extra water, resulting in water accumulation in the body. Usually, swelling occurs in the legs, arms, hands, feet and ankles.

However, there can be several other reasons that could cause swelling in the feet. Therefore proper diagnosis is important. Once the root cause is found, immediate treatment is needed.

How to relieve swollen feet in diabetes?

1. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise will improve bone and joint health in your feet and legs, improve circulation to your legs, and will also help to stabilize your blood sugar levels. But you should consult your doctor prior to beginning any exercise program. Do not practice rigorous exercises as it can lead to exercise-induced edema.

2. Elevate your legs: Elevation of feet (above the heart level) using a support or a pillow for 10-15 minutes every day can help to reduce swelling. Elevation drains out excess fluid from the surrounding tissues and improves circulation.

3. Use compression stockings and bandages: Compression products exert pressure on the affected area and help to get rid of fluid retention. Increased external pressure also causes the fluid to return to the lymphatic system and improves circulation of blood.

4. Reduce salt intake: Diabetics should in general consume less salt and eat foods that are naturally low in sodium because salt increases blood pressure and trigger swelling in the feet.

6. Massage your feet: Massage improves blood circulation in the entire leg and reduces pain associated with swelling.

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