Am I weak in the veins? As a woman I have a one in 5 chance, if I was a man I would have a one in 6 chance – so it is a pretty common disease!
Why might I have weak veins – maybe genetic predisposition or lack of movement? I know that wearing compression socks helps my legs and my sense of well-being. My legs are less tired at night, my ankles are less swollen and I sleep with restful legs. At Happy Feet Pedorthics we see many, many feet and legs and I have to say most have got very visible, veins in their legs!
So the arteries take the blood away from the heart, and the veins take it back. Our veins have valves to guide the blood back from our feet to our heart. A most important part of all this is the calf muscle pump which works beautifully when we move – in particular when we walk!
The bottom line is that if the venous system weakens, blood is not transported back to the heart correctly. This can lead to swelling of the legs, ache and veins – chronic venous disorders, CVDs.
One is more likely to develop a CVD due to hereditary factors, a job where you only sit or only stand, obesity, advanced age, and pregnancy.
You may have noticed that you have:
- Heavy, tired, legs and swollen ankles in the evening
- Unusual warmth in your legs
- Tension and cramps in your legs
- Feeling of stabbing and dragging in the calf area
- Visible varicose veins
Do your legs look like this?
If so, you would benefit from wearing compression socks or stockings. Compression therapy will support the work of the calf muscle pump in your legs. The knit of the sock or stocking is such that there is a graduated amount of pressure exerted on your legs to assist in getting your blood back to your heart!
I hear you ask what else can I to look after my veins?
- Keep moving, walking
- Do regular leg and foot exercises
- Watch the weight
- Keep your digestion regular
- Strengthen your veins with hydrotherapy , washing down with a cloth, massaging with jets of water and treading water
- Put your feet up
- Breathe deeply
- Wear suitable cloths and shoes – less restrictive clothing and low heeled shoes
- Avoid excessive heating of your legs
- Lie down or walk more than sit and stang
- Wear compression socks or stockings
At Happy Feet Pedorthics we are all wearing our compression socks, so we are ready with energy to meet you for an assessment and fitting of both shoes and socks to improve your health outcomes and you will not be able to help it but to have a happy face!
Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU