Hi Derek, same here!
A reflexologist told me how this happens. When we need to pump blood round our bodies (that`s preferably always!), our hearts pump wether we move or not.
s different with the lymphatic system. That needs to be pumped by wakling. Once we are static......Ive been static for years now…the fluid collects in our ankles and feet. Apart from raising your feet up, you need to get someone to massage your feet and ankles, in an upward movement, towards the heart.
As Sue said, they will still swell, but the massage can help. My morning carer does massage for me, so I am lucky that way.
I cant move my feet , or legs myself. I sit in a riser recliner chair in the afternoons and have my feet up.
Certain shoes cause swelling too, if they are closed in. Boottee slippers dont.