Swelling of the ankles is a common problem. Determining the cause of ankle swelling is the first step to find effective treatment. Once the cause of the ankle swelling is determined, effective treatment can be initiated. Why do people with Diabetic Kidney Disease suffer from this symptom?
Diabetic Nephropathy is a chronic kidney disease that occurs due to
uncontrolled Diabetes, usually happens over several years or during its late
staged. With continuous high blood glucose levels, the kidneys are gradually
Kidney damage occurs in the nephrons, which are the subunits of the kidneys.
The nephrons consist of a capillary network known as glomeruli. Glomeruli
function to cleanse the blood through filtering waste products from the
bloodstream, control blood pressure, regulate electrolytes, stimulate the
production of red blood cells, and produce urine.
As the Diabetic Kidney Disease progresses, ankle swelling may occur as the
result of the kidneys not being able to control the water, sodium and other
Individuals who experience this symptom may notice that the ankles appear
puffy or larger than usual. This means that they are swollen. When pressing the
affected area with a finger and a dent appears, the person has pitting edema.
The dent will fill in slowly once removing the finger from the skin.
How to deal with ankle swelling in Diabetic Kidney Disease?
▪ Diuretics, or water pills may be prescribed if a person is unable to
control the symptom with self-care measures;
▪ Elevating the legs above the heart while lying down or sitting;
▪ Wearing support stockings, and exercising the legs;
▪ Reducing the sodium consumption and avoid high-sodium foods such as canned
soups, canned vegetables, frozen dinners, fast foods, and luncheon meats. Use
sodium-free herbs and seasonings to replace table salt.