Keep your legs healthy during the holidays. Whether you are out shopping, cooking or traveling- the holidays can be tough on your legs. In particular, the veins in your legs […]
Keep your legs healthy during the holidays.
Whether you are out shopping, cooking or traveling- the holidays can be tough on your legs. In particular, the veins in your legs can suffer from these standing and static activities. If you have experienced tired, swollen and sore legs around this time of year, you know it can take the fun out of the family gatherings. Here are a few ideas to help your legs this season:
– Check your shoes: High heels can make it difficult for your calf to pump blood up to your thigh. Low-heeled shoes will allow the calf pump to do its job and prevent blood from pooling in your legs.
– Compression stockings: If there is ever a time of year for medical grade compression stockings, this is it. Your legs will be covered and warm.
– Keep moving on the plane: Try to stand up or walk around the plane every hour. Calf exercises and stretching will also help. Wear loose fitting clothing to keep your blood circulating.
– Don’t cross your legs: When sitting for extended periods of time, keep your legs next to each other. Avoid putting any pressure from one leg onto the other.
– Jump in the pool: If you have access to an indoor pool (or nice outdoor weather), jump in! Walk or swim in the pool. This will help reduce swelling and improve circulation.
– Stay hydrated: It is easy to forget about water in the winter. Avoid salt and drink plenty of water to improve your circulation. This is most important on the airplane where your movement is already restricted.
Happy Holidays from the Vein Institute of Blue Bell!