Nearly nine weeks ago, I suddenly developed swollen feet. My ankles ached, the blood seemed not to circulate as normal, it is as if blood was collecting near the feet. The ankle skin had been tight and shiny, the legs were about half an inch thicker than normal, and all because I unthinkingly ate a bite of cake, which was very sweet.
I should have spate it out that instant, but having starved myself of sugary foods for a long time, I thought maybe my system would cope with it. How wrong I was. And it has taken me nine weeks to get to some kind of normality regarding the legs.
First of all, I immediately returned to a strict no-sugar or sweet diet.
Secondly, I started to exercise more regularly.
I tried "bench press-ups" - holding the edge of a table and trying to do sit-ups.
Quite painful, as my thighs were stiff, the circulation in my legs wasn't good.
I found an alternative method later.
In the meantime, I massaged my feet in a bucket of warm water each night, sometimes adding a capful of Dettol, sometimes bath-milk, sometimes turmeric, sometimes just cow's milk. It made some difference.
Also, I followed a strict diet. Nothing sweet or sugary, and my Doctor prescribed double the quantity of Metformin, twice a day. "If you stick to it, the swelling will go, in two weeks". I love myself, I wanted the swelling to go. (Please check with your own Doctor to see what is suitable in your case)
Also, another Doctor prescribed some stockings, to help compress the legs and help the blood flow. That really helped, and I saw my feet look healthier and the circulation become more normal. Occassionally I felt my feet sting, or my heart feel a slight pain.
But I reassured myself, I would get better. My feet were getting better, my blood sugar level was going down, from 16.4 it has reduced to 7.6 in last three weeks. My blood pressure seems better.
The method instead of the bench press-ups is this : lie on the floor on your back, lift the feet up into the air as much as possible, lower them and try to rotate them like you are riding a bicycle. Maybe ten minutes each morning. This is an exercise I picked up from Swami Ramdev, and I sing his praises.
Wish you good health.