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My grandma has diabetes and her feet swell. We just recently found out she can't use heat or ice packs or foot spas to help. What can we use to soothe her feet?

Have your grandma talk to the doctor or the nurse in the office about her foot pain. I would think the doctor has recommended or prescribed a pain medication. Discuss the cause of the swelling. Does she need a stronger diuretic (water pill)? Is she elevating her feet daily? Is she supposed to follow a low sodium diet?
She might have peripheral neuropathy, which is very painful. There is specific medication for nerve pain. Special hosiery and foot wear for diabetics is available too, so a visit to a podiatrist (foot doctor) could also help. They should have information on correct foot wear.

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