Hi, I have a few questions. I had my lymphedema confirmed several years ago when I was at PT after a hip replacement. The lymphedema specialist came by and asked me what I was doing for my lymphedema. I basically told her nothing because it's never been officially diagnosed. Since then I did my best to ignore it and go on with my life the way it had been only better because of the hip replacement (the worst LE is on the opposite side). Anyway, the next time I saw my GP I asked him about it and he agreed that's why my feet/ankles/legs are so huge. OK, my next question was what do I do? The only thing he told me to do is to keep them from being dry. That was some two and a half years ago. I elevate my feet on occasion, but since I'm a Mom, Wife and Medical Transcriptionist (former nurse) it's hard to sit with my feet up much. Two days ago I gave in and got myself some knee-high compression stockings and, except for today as they are still drying, I've worn them almost constantly. OK, now, how much should I wear them? My hubby is upset that I'm not wearing them 24/7, but I told him that they are not for good wear and that I do need a break every so often.
Also, what about these lymphatic-draining exercises that I read about? How do I do them? Do you have to be able to reach your toes to do them? (You should see me put the compression stockings on, it's a laugh and a half!
Because of a limited income and needing to use my feet/toes to work the foot pedal for my job, I have gone barefoot for years. Now, I'm starting to develop problems on what would be the side of my biggest foot but it's now swollen to the point that I actually walk on it. The side is calloused and sore but not broken down, yet. I've got some Dollar-general Crock copies that I can fit into and I pretty much wear those or another pair of clogs, if my feet are not too big, for my shoes. How much harm does going barefoot do? I try to walk but it's to the point where my foot hurts if I do even a quarter mile. I was up to 1+ miles after my hip replacement, and it's very discouraging to me. I guess I could really just use some encouragement and support. Thanks for approving me for here.
Oh,a few things about me, I'm a 53, almost 54-year-old mom of a 12-year-old daughter, a fir-baby (Ruby the Red-bone hound who is my enthusiastic walking companion), and wife to Tom. We live in Zephryhills, Florida which is why I've been able to go so long just being barefoot!