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    Why do some people get fat feet and not others? I don't want to wear Ted hose with summer coming around I need salt intake flor low blood pressure. I mean what's the deal! So annoying
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    Swollen feet? It is swelling due to pooling of fluid in the lower extremities due to the damage to the autonomic and parasympthetic nervous system from the SCI and the difficulty with getting the fluid pumped back up to the heart and kidneys. The compression hose help prevent the swelling and assists with recirculation as well as keeping the legs and feet up.And it is worse in those with orthostatic hypotension.
    Flesh color? white? Make them a part of your summer wardrobe?

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      Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
      Swollen feet? It is swelling due to pooling of fluid in the lower extremities due to the damage to the autonomic and parasympthetic nervous system from the SCI and the difficulty with getting the fluid pumped back up to the heart and kidneys. The compression hose help prevent the swelling and assists with recirculation as well as keeping the legs and feet up.And it is worse in those with orthostatic hypotension.
      Flesh color? white? Make them a part of your summer wardrobe?

      CWO
      I thought that "Ted" soxs were to prevent blood clots and didn't offer much compression and that "Jobst" soxs were the compression ones. The "Jobst" even have a compression rating on the package.
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        #4
        Keeping your legs elevated when you can helps return the fluid back towards your heart too, so when watching TV or just sitting still use a footstool if you can, or tilt if that is part of your chair mechanism.

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          #5
          I wear compression hose that looks like regular stockings .... still not "beach" friendly, but better.
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            #6
            My feet don't swell much unless I'm on my period. In the summer months I drastically cut back on the carbs, I also don't drink caffeine and this really helps my feet from swelling.
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              #7
              Maybe some tan full stocking would look decent
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                #8
                What up Rach? Cant believe I saw you on here! I have the problem too! I have to get in my power chair and elevate my feet. Also when I get in the bed I raise the foot part if your bed does that? I was wondering if there is a med out there you can take? Also I dont think the ted hose work for that purpose? I wear wakeskate shoes during the summer. There like sneakers but for water and land. Theres plenty of cool shoes for this though But I could understand if you wanted to wear sandles or your rainbows

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by ECUrach85 View Post
                  Why do some people get fat feet and not others? I don't want to wear Ted hose with summer coming around I need salt intake flor low blood pressure. I mean what's the deal! So annoying
                  you are still a fresh injury, it does get better with time. What helped me is regular strenuous exercise, gets the blood pumping.

                  In your profile you listed quad rugby as an interest - get in that chair and pound it! I don't know if you play rugby or just watch, but if you don't have a chair get in contact with the league in your state and they will likely be able to find a chair to lend you. If you don't have access to a rugby chair get moving in your day chair.

                  Stay hydrated and don't over-eat. You will be amazed at how much better you feel. Last year this time I was so depressed I barely got out of bed. Now I weight train 3x a week, handcycle every off day and play rugby twice a week. My feet never swell up anymore but that's nothing compared to every other health benefit (mental/bladder/bowel).

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                    That is actually really interesting because it seemed to get worse after rugby. I do play and try to be as intimidating as possible as a .5 girl. Lol. I never over eat. It's actually really hard for me to eat.
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                      #11
                      I've had this same issue since the onset of my injury, and stockings never alleviated the problem. Nothing seems to; not even elevation. It occurs primarily on my right side, where I am also more prone to pressure sores, which I believe is a clear indicator of poor circulation. My right foot always looks puffy and often feels as though it's been sitting in a bucket of ice, while my left foot appears normal and is warm to the touch. If you discover something that helps, please share!
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                        #12
                        I have the same problem, i have to wear 20-30mmhg prescription pressure socks. Lyrica is what makes my feet swell but it helps tone down the nerve pain so what do you do, nerve pain is EVIL and unfortunately there is nothing to take it all away. It sucks having to wear these socks everyday, I don't care about the look or how they feel as I am a complete so i cant feel them. But just the hassle of putting them on everyday is a pain, and they are expensive. So if someone has some magic remedy i am listening! The only thing that works for me is to lay down and put my legs even with my heart.

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                          #13
                          I found that drinking plenty of water INSTEAD of softdrinks made my swelling go away!

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                            #14
                            caffine makes me pee more, so I get less swelling if I drink it.
                            usually just before my period I get puffy.

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                              #15
                              I drink a lot of water probably 8 large glasses a day on top of one coffee in the morning and a glass of cranberry juice so i should be hydrated ok. I get clown feet either way unless i wear the stockings.

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