There are many unpleasant symptoms that accompany foot neuropathy, besides the pain itself. One of those pesky symptoms is leg swelling. A person with leg swelling has enlargement of the legs, caused by excess fluid that has collected in the legs. Leg swelling may occur in one leg (unilateral) or in both legs (bilateral).
What are the symptoms of leg swelling?
Symptoms of leg swelling may include:
- Moderate or severe leg swelling in one or both legs
- Pitting edema – Pressure applied to the skin with a finger leaves a pit in the skin
- Pants become too tight
- Shoes become too tight
- Unintentional weight gain
How does the doctor treat leg swelling?
The treatment for leg swelling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for it may include elastic support hose, leg elevation, a low salt diet, weight loss, and diuretics. Additional treatment for leg swelling may include warm compresses, antibiotics, and blood thinners.
Leg Swelling Low Salt Diet
A person with leg swelling may benefit from a low salt diet. A low salt diet contains less than 1,500 mg of salt per day; this is less than a total of one teaspoon per day. Here are some great tips on how to reduce your sodium consumption:
- Avoid cooking with salt.
- Avoid fast food.
- Avoid salty foods, such as pickles, cured meats, salty snacks, and canned soup.
- Avoid seasonings that contain sodium.
- Do not add salt to your food after it is prepared.
- Read food labels and buy foods that are low in salt.
- When eating out, ask that your food be prepared without added salt.
Leg Swelling Warning Signs
Some symptoms could signal a more serious problem. Therefore, you should notify your doctor if you have a leg swelling and any of the following symptoms: