Leg longevity start taking care of yours now
Thinking of perfect pins? You’re probably imagining sleek, lean limbs – free from bumps and visible veins. Often, concerns about the appearance of our legs is what bothers us the most, with little thought to the underlying health issues associated with our veins.
Kimby Osborne, leg health expert at Activa Healthcare, the market leader in pioneering compression hosiery, says;
“Thread veins, tired aching legs and varicose veins are very common venous problems, especially amongst women. And, while women will fret about the appearance of these veins, we can’t forget the further health implications they can signify.”
We are all guilty of taking our legs for granted at times, ignoring the occasional dull ache in our calves from too much time spent pounding the pavement or just hoping that cluster of spider veins will disappear on its own, but the chances are, it won’t.
Queen’s Award winner for Innovation 2008, Activa Healthcare is dedicated to educating people about the importance of looking after their legs, applying its award-winning expertise to a ‘Condition Continuum’ – outlining the progression of venous diseases from common spider veins, through to serious debilitating conditions such as venous leg ulcers.
Kimby Osborne says:
“What people often don’t realise is, that what starts as varicose veins could develop into a leg ulcer later in life. It is important to wear compression hosiery if you suffer or have suffered from any venous complaint in the past. Those who have experienced a DVT in particular should wear a compression garment like the Activa Unisex Sock, as often as possible.”
There are a number of factors that could mean you are more prone to developing a serious venous complaint – your weight, family history and the amount of time you spend stationary, to name a few. However, there are some things you can do to help:
Leg health do’s & don’ts:
Regularly moisturise your legs
Walk and exercise regularly
Eat a balanced diet and watch your weight
Put your feet up when relaxing
Check your legs and feet regularly
Get treatment for any knocks and sores around the ankle, particularly if you suffer from diabetes
Cross your legs for long periods
Stand still for long periods
Have very hot baths
Ignore any sores or irritations
Assume your leg will get better by itself
Remain inactive for extended periods, e.g. during long journeys