Take good care of yourself to lower your odds of getting leg lymphedema.
Get Good Nutrition
- Cut back on foods high in salt and fat.
- Have at least two to four servings of fruits and three to five servings of vegetables each day.
- Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need.
- Use the package label information to make healthy choices.
- Get fiber from whole-grain versions of breads, cereals, pasta, and rice. Fruit and veggies are good sources too.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay at your ideal body weight.
- Avoid alcohol
- Light exercises are encouraged
- Check with your doctor on the type of lower body exercises you’re allowed to do
- There are no restrictions for upper body workouts
- Stop doing any exercise that gives you pain. And if your leg becomes tired cool down, then rest and elevate it.
Protect your legs
- Protect your skin from scratches, sores, burns, and other irritations that might lead to an infection. Use electric razors to remove hair, and replace razor head frequently.
- No barefoot, wear shocks
- Use care when cutting your toenails.
- Use insect repellents to prevent bug bites.
- Avoid tight clothing
- Elevate your leg whenever possibe