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Old 03-18-2011, 10:22 AM #9 (permalink)
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Sorry to have a "split response", but my husband arrived, ready to hoist me out of bed--which always puts a sudden stop to my writing.

Anyway, to explain further, my feet were deep (purply) red and ice cold when I was still able to walk, using AFOs. When my Primary Care doc saw them, she had me tested by a cardiologist's office immediately. Even their nurse was sure I had a circulatory problem--yet I aced the test. Even my toes were fine.

In my case, with no other diseases, the cause is this: muscles in the calves had atrophied, and without muscle, the blood in the feet isn't pumped up again, but rather, it settles in the feet, away from the warm core of my body... and therefore becomes cold. I know this sounds like a circulation problem (in a sense it has to be!), but isn't dangerous. Keeping my legs elevated in the hospital bed for about 12 hours at a time causes the swelling to stop, other than in my left ankle--which has been sprained several times and stays puffy. I am able to have my feet elevated higher than my head during the evening, which must help. My feet are normal in color until they hang down, when in less than a minute signs of returning red color returns.

Hope this makes sense, and again, l think having his diabetes and kidney problems means your husband's problem is much more complex than my own.

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