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Are Cankles A Job Hazard?

I feel like I’m adjusting well to life at the office, but I’m having one issue that I wasn’t expecting. My feet and ankles are swelling.

Is it safe to assume that it’s because I’m sitting a lot more than normal? Several people have said that, but why would sitting make your feet swell? What should I be doing to combat it?

I’ve been taking my lunch to work each day, and I’ve made packed healthy and well-balanced meals. I’m also drinking a lot of water. I bring it by the gallon, so I can refill my pretty Starbucks tumbler all day.

I’m not incorporating exercise into my daily routine yet, but I know that will help the swelling too. Won’t it?

It’s amazing to realize how much I move around on an average day. Coming here has definitely made me much more sedentary than I was, so I need to figure out how to be active during the days that I’m here too.

I walk to the far restroom when I need to go, and I spend my little breaks walking around the building. I just need to do more, and I’m not sure where to start. I’m only here Monday through Thursday of most weeks, but that’s a big chunk of time.

I’m eating healthier things, and I’m going to bed earlier. I’m drinking water, and I need to exercise.

Does anyone have ideas to help reduce the swelling? If so, I’d love to hear them.



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    April 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Use a foot rest at your desk. Soak in epsom salt when you get home. I wonder why you are retaining fluid?

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      April 7, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      That’s what my mom said to do, Kristen. Great advice. I guess I need a foot stool. I use the CPU as a rest at times, but that probably isn’t a good thing to do all day. Ha

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    Deb Willbefree
    April 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    It’s a common experience. Get up and walk every hour if possible. Reduce salt consumption. If you’re drinking diet soda at work, there’s lots of sodium there. Drink regular tea (iced or hot) which acts as a diuretic. If all of that doesn’t help, a doctor’s appointment may be in order You may need a scrip for a diuretic. Don’t panic, tho, odds are that it’s the sitting. It just needs to be addressed, that’s all.

    Ha. I sound like someone’s mother, don’t I? chuckle. Well, I am.

    Hugs, Kenlie. I’m glad you’re liking your job.


    P.S. If you think about it, would you keep me in prayer? I’ve had a significant retinal bleed. Vision is obscured. (So ignore typos, please.) Thanks.

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      April 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      I totally don’t plan to take a diuretic. I don’t usually have swelling issues, but I did before I started losing weight. I know that will help too. I get up an move pretty often, but I think I’ll try that more.

      Of course I’ll pray for you, Deb. You got it. I’m sorry you’re dealing with that. Is it something that will be fixed soon?

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        Deb Willbefree
        April 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        Re: diuretic. The tea should do the trick w/out the need for a scrip. It usually works for me.

        Eyes. It will be fixed only if Jesus fixes them. I’m legally blind now. This bleed was a massive one and in my good eye. Happened Easter evening. there’s not much that can be done. The MD is hoping the blood will absorb on its own and, if it does, then more laser treatment. I had a bleed in my other eye, only on the edge of the retina rather than dead center like this one, and a year later, there is still floaters from it. This one is much more debilitating since it obscures all of my central vision of the right eye, rather than the hugging the edge as in the left.

        This is so bad that I’m embarrassed about all off the complaining I did over the left eye. That was nothing compared t this. :{

        But Jesus was very good with eyes in the New Testament. 🙂 I’m awaiting His touch. The MDs mostly just say they’re so sorry….

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      April 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Oh! And I have to say that I don’t drink sodas at all (diet or regular.) That’s the healthiest thing that I’ve done on this whole journey. It’s been over six years since I had a coke. Surely that’s good for something.

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    April 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

    First off – totally cute shoes!!

    I recently went back to work in an office environment and had the same experience- only where I am it is still cold and snowy so I have had to wear socks which leave a horrible ring around my leg. Anyway – I do feel like it is getting better, so hopefully over time it will improve for you as well. Congrats on the new job! I can’t wait for the weather to get better so I can get outside and walk around!

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    April 8, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I heard an advert for Varidesk; I was intrigued. It’s a kit to make your desk a stand up desk. I’m sure there are various brands out there.
    I think research shows more calories are burned while standing vs sitting.
    At first I thought that was a loony notion, ha, but then realized *I* stand all day at work in retail.
    Glad all is going well & you’re probably establishing a bit of a routine.

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    April 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    oh such cute shoes but that is probably what is doing it. You should be wearing flats with good arch support. You can always use small box to prop you feet on too. Once I ditched walking around in heals all day my ‘cankles’ went away! (sigh – I miss those heels). Wedges are better than heels.

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    pj geek
    April 9, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    It is definitely the sitting. Your activity level has dropped and your legs and feet are down there on the floor ‘just sitting’ (dependent) and you are not pumping around your muscles enough to keep everything circulating well. The step stool will help. See if doing some ankle pumps or little leg exercises while sitting can help- hourly. Can you do any of your work standing? Try to get up for at least 5 minutes every hour….Secret high sodium foods -cheese, deli meat, some nuts, and the obvious any kind of bread or cracker or pretzels.. Do some research–certain foods have a natural diuretic effect like pineapple or asparagus, You’ll figure it out.

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