When you retain fluid, the fluid often accumulates in the most dependent part of your body, your legs and feet. Retaining fluid in the legs and feet -- a condition known as dependent edema -- can make it uncomfortable to walk and difficult to put shoes on. Swelling often increases when it's hot outside.
One of the simplest ways to reduce dependent edema is to elevate your legs and feet higher than your heart. This encourages the flow of fluid back to the heart. In hot weather, cooling your feet and legs in a cool bath can also help reduce edema, since the cold constricts blood vessels so that less fluid accumulates in them. Elevate your legs whenever you sit down during the day. When sitting for long periods, such as on long car or plane trips, move your legs frequently and don't sit with your legs or ankles crossed.
Your doctor has prescribed diuretics to reduce fluid volume and decrease dependent edema. Never take diuretics without your doctor's permission, since they have side effects. Drugs that strengthen your heart and increase the force of each heartbeat can also improve blood pooling in the lower legs and feet.
Do stay in close contact with your Dr. and know your not alone. My left leg swells every day and no I do not have a blood clot. I do wear a medical elastic stocking on the left leg.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."