We all want to enjoy healthy and active lives but with all the tasks of work and family, we may forget about maintaining the health of our legs. Problems with the veins of the leg occur in both men and women of all ages but certain factors increase the risk of venous problems. Health conditions, lifestyle habits, heredity, injury, surgery, age, and pregnancy all play a role. While you are unable to control heredity, age, surgery and changes during pregnancy, you can improve lifestyle factors through exercise, good posture, avoiding inactivity, choosing good fitting clothing and footwear, and wearing gradient compression hosiery that is right for you.
Three easy actions can help you maintain the health of your leg veins.
- Wearing gradient compression hosiery.
Regular walking, swimming or cycling works the calf and thigh muscles. Contraction of these muscles helps the return of venous blood from the legs back to the heart. Compression therapy alone is not enough. Exercise and periods of leg elevation are also necessary for effective management of edema, venous disease, and lymphatic disease
- Elevate your feet above the level of your heart whenever possible.
- Draw letters of the alphabet with your toes once each hour when sitting for extended time.
- Avoid long periods of standing or sitting.
- Avoid crossing your legs, wearing high-heeled shoes or tight-fitting clothes.
- Lose excess weight.
Visit Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre to consult with a professional on leg health, compression stockings, leg vein problems, venous disorders, aching legs pregnancy. We serve patients in St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, Welland, and surrounding communities. Elio’s features a full range of Jobst compression stockings for comfort, health, and style. Contact Elio’s to check if your insurance plan covers compression stockings. A doctor’s referral may be required to qualify for insurance plans to cover some costs of your foot comfort solution. Please visit your doctor to complete Elio’s Prescription Form for othotics or a custom footwear solution from Elio’s.