Just thought I should add the advice of my wonderful Lymphoedema nurse re footwear.
Every summer, prior to diagnosis, I would stop wearing tights, start to wear flip flops and open sandals, as I thought that letting the air get to them would help to prevent the swelling and pain.
The best thing to do is to wear flat Mary Jane shoes. And the compression hose!! And it works. Flip flops and open sandals just give the flesh infinite space to expand into, and allow the exposed swollen flesh to greater risk of infection and cellulitis from scratches and bites.
Flat Mary Jane shoes hold the flesh in, the strap across the instep helps to reduce friction, and being flat the foot is in a more natural position. The sacrifice of 'fashionable' shoes, heels, pointed toes etc. was small compared with the liberation from pain and swelling.
Over the years I have built up a collection of Mary Jane's in every colour of the rainbow ( I am known for being a 'colourful' dresser'!) and I have lighter weight Mary Jane's for wearing in the house, as slippers aren't good either. And even my slippers are full cover, not slip-ons.
Lymph. nurse said I could 'take a holiday' for things like weddings, etc. but quite honestly, the 'style' gain is hardly worth the pain!
I wear glasses because I am seriously short sighted; I have had to start wearing hearing aids because my husband got sick of repeating himself. So my Mary Jane's are embraced as being part of what frees me up to live a fuller life!!
Same as giving up the time each evening to the exercises and simple lymphatic drainage: TV or radio in the bedroom and I just get on with it!!
I have chosen to be liberated, not confined!!