Home Remedies For Swollen Feet, Legs, & Ankles In Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetic Patients

A viewer emailed KidneyBuzz.com and asked, "I have been working most of the day sitting at my desk on my computer, and not drinking any water or fluid. Still my feet are all swollen! What is going on, should I be worried?" Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients know that swelling may be rather common in the feet, legs and ankles. Certain home remedies and natural treatments, however, may prove very "helpful for Chronic Kidney Disease, or Renal Failure [patients]" to reduce the occurrence of swelling which may impact their quality of life, according to Livestrong.com. 

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WebMD notes that "swollen ankles and swollen feet are common and usually not cause for concern, particularly if you have been standing or walking a lot." However, when you have swollen feet, legs or ankles how do you spend your day? If you are like most Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetic patients, the answer is, "In bed with feet up, trying to avoid walking." This is understandable because swelling can cause tenderness, discomfort, and even pain, all of which do not make for a high quality of life. 

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Due to the fact that Home Remedies in the form of supplements and herbs may produce side effects, Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetic patients should consult their Healthcare Team BEFORE using them.

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For instance according to Livestrong.com, Dandelion (a common garden weed) can be used to reduce swelling. A powerful herb used for centuries for the treatment of various ailments, they suggested that Dandelion is an effective diuretic and may be helpful in removing excess fluids that "form in the ankles and feet because of the Edema (fluid buildup) that develops during Chronic Kidney Disease." Dandelion can be eaten in salads, cooked in main dishes, and even dried for tea.

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British Journal of Urology poses that Cranberry Juice may also be helpful in reducing edema in the feet and ankles. Moreover, Cranberry Juice can protect against Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) which are common among Chronic Kidney Disease patients. The best part of Cranberry Juice as a home remedy is that it is very straight forward in dosage - simply pour a glass and drinking it. 

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Another example is Burdock Root which is especially useful to help remove swelling from the legs and feet. Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients can enjoy this root "raw in their salads and dried in tea," said Livestrong.com.  
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"Home Remedies for Swelling Feet & Kidney Failure."Http://www.livestrong.com. LIVESTRONG.

"Patient Information: Edema (swelling) (Beyond the Basics)."Http://www.uptodate.com/. UpToDate Inc.