Alternative Names Swelling of the ankles - feet - legs; Ankle swelling; Foot swelling; Leg swelling; Edema - peripheral; Peripheral edema Prevention Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time. When flying, stretch your legs often and get up to walk when possible. When driving, stop to stretch and walk every hour or so. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing or garters around your thighs. Exercise regularly. Lose weight if you need to. References Goldman L. Approach to the patient with possible cardiovascular disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 48.
If you have diabetes , you might have dry skin. Glucose levels can affect your skin, when they are high, your skin is dry. Neuropathy can also cause dry skin on your feet and legs. Skin problems from dry skin include cracking, itching and infection. The following are tips to help keep your skin healthy when you have diabetes:
Use a moisturizer every day. Keeping your skin moisturized is the simplest way to prevent skin problems. Apply moisturizer after bathing when your skin is damp. Avoid using moisturizer between your toes.
Treat cuts immediately. Wash the area with soap and water and cover if necessary. If you have neuropathy pay careful attention to your legs and feets as you can have a cut or scratch and not know it is there because your nerves aren’t sending messages of pain to your brain.
Avoid scratching cuts or scratches as this can increase the chance for infection. Apply a moisturizer instead.
Keep baths and showers warm, but not hot. Hot water washes away the natural...
Swelling, also called edema, happens when fluid builds up in body tissues.
Swelling is a common side effect of many breast cancer treatments:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Other medicines you may be taking during treatment, including pain medications, bisphosphonates (bone-strengthening medications), and steroids also can cause swelling.
If the swelling is severe, accompanied by pain, or if your arm starts to swell after surgery (which could be a sign of arm lymphedema ), talk to your doctor right away. This type of swelling could be a sign of infection or other serious condition and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
If your swelling is mild, try these tips to ease it:
Elevate the swollen area . If poss...
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