Our note: This is the second part of a two-part series on leg health, venous disorders, and what you can do to keep your legs healthy. As we age, it is critical to keep our legs healthy so we can maintain mobility well into the later years. Not caring for the health of your legs can not only bring on mobility issues, it can be deadly as well.
Written by: Dr. Stephanie Wu of the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, William Scholl College of Podiatry in Chicago
Keeping Your Legs Healthy While Expecting
Did you know?
33% of women pregnant for the first time and 55% of women who have had two or more full term pregnancies develop varicose veins.
Women who are pregnant are also at a risk for the development of a DVT. One reason is due to the increased blood volume at full term. Additionally, pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase blood coagulability, a measure of how easily blood will clot.
Wearing compression socks or hosiery can help keep your legs healthy during your pregnancy and beyond.
SIGVARIS offers several products designed to promote women’s leg health during pregnancy. They provide relief and help prevent:
- Heavy, tired or achy legs
- Swollen ankles and feet
- Unsightly varicose and spider veins
How to Play Your Part to Keep YourLegs Healthy
Six easy steps to better blood flow:
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Our circulation improves with physical activity, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home. Prolonged sitting or standing may increase leg pain and swelling.
- After a long tiring day, especially during the summer, revitalize your legs with a cool shower or bath. Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna as excessiveheat will cause your veins to dilate and may induce swelling.
- Elevate your legs. To boost your body’s natural circulation, elevate your legs while you are sitting on the sofa or lying in bed at home. At the office, keep a leg rest under your desk.
- Work out. Regular exercise helps keep your body healthy.
- Control your weight. When you manage your weight through a healthy dietand regular exercise, you are more likely to have less leg symptoms.
- Wear graduated compression socks and hosiery. SIGVARIS quality compression socks and hosiery improve venous circulation to prevent and treat venous problems.
Keeping Your Legs Healthy During Travel
Have you ever wondered why people wear compression socks or stockings when they travel? As more people travel long distances by air and car, the problem of travel-related leg discomfort and swelling is on the rise. Wearing graduated compression can leave your legs feeling great upon arrival at your destination.
Four Tips to Keep Your Legs Feeling Great When Traveling:
- Wear graduated compression socks or hosiery to improve circulation and help prevent travel-related DVT.
- Keep your feet moving. Foot exercises make the calf muscles work and help pump blood back up to the heart.
- Avoid long periods of inactivity. As often as possible, get up and move around. When traveling in a car, make regular rest stops to walk around.
- Drink plenty of healthy fluids.
Diabetes and Compression
25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the US population, have diabetes. People with diabetes often have circulation problems that can cause peripheral edema in their feet, ankles and legs. Peripheral edema can also be associated with other conditions, many of which can be associated with diabetes complications such as heart disease, venous insufficiency, and kidney disease. Certain diabetes medications can also cause edema.
New research shows that, for many diabetic patients, compression socks can help keep legs and feet healthy and give the patient a more active lifestyle.
Sigvaris Diabetic Compression Socks are ideal for men and women with diabetes who experience legswelling and could benefit from compression. These socks feature:
-Graduated compression to help improve circulation and reduce swelling
-Drirelease® yarns to keep feet dry and odor free to support daily foot care
-A flat toe seam which reduces friction and protects feet
-Extra padded soles for superior comfort and a comfortable, non-binding top band
“The use of the SIGVARIS mild (18-25mmHg) diabetic compression socks showed statistically significant decreases in calf, ankle and foot circumferences in our study, and may help patients with diabetes and lower extremity edema without compromising lower extremity vascularity.”
– Dr. Stephanie Wu of the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, William Scholl College of Podiatry in Chicago