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BACKGROUND

50-80% of all women experience nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (NVP). NVP has a detrimental impact on women’s quality of life (QoL), especially their ability to work.Despite the fact that a number of therapeutic interventions exist to alleviate symptoms – ranging from pharmaceutical products to natural therapies – women remain reluctant to take medications during pregnancy, and a safe, effec-tive and acceptable treatment for NVP is still to be found.

 

STUDY DESIGN

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of medi-cal compression stockings (MCS) on symptoms of nausea, vomiting and dizziness between 8 and 16 weeks of preg-nancy, and their impact on QoL factors.

 

PARTICIPANTS

Pregnant women >18 years and with mild to moderate NVP were eligible to participate. A total of 74 women were enrolled in the study. 58 women completed the study and were included in the analysis set.

 

CONCLUSION

Wearing compression stockings in early pregnancy improves not only nausea and vomiting-associated symptoms, but also QoL factors such as dizziness, leg pain and physical/physi-ological limitations.

 

AUTHORS’ SUGGESTION

Compression stockings could be a non-phar-maceutical instrument to alleviate nausea and vomiting symptoms during early pregnancy.

 

Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU

In assessing and fitting footwear at Happy Feet Pedorthics we see the feet and the legs. We can fit the footwear and the compression stockings and socks for happy feet and happy legs.

 

Varicose veins are superficial, enlarged and usually twisted veins that have an abnormal blood flow pattern.

 

Do your legs look like this?

 

Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins

 

Have you seen legs which look like this?

 

Have you seen legs which look like this?

 

Signs of venous disease include:

  • Visible varicose veins
  • Heavy legs and swelling in the lower leg
  • Spider veins at the ankle
  • Leg cramps

 

Leg veins transport oxygen poor blood back to the heart, so the blood can be again enriched with oxygen in the lungs and transported by the arteries back to the feet.

 

A healthy vein looks like this.

 

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With an unhealthy vein the valves do not close completely and the blood collects putting an increased amount of pressure in the veins, leading to further damage.

 

Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins

 

Varicose veins can be treated:
1. Conservatively by waiting and seeing – eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercising well.
2. Use of compression therapy which can be as simple as wearing below knee compression stockings and socks.
3. Surgical intervention.

 

At Happy Feet Pedorthics, we measure and supply compression stockings and socks.

 

Most people wear a below knee sock. Following a surgical procedure you may need to wear full length stockings for a few weeks following the procedure and then the below knee socks.

 

For more information: Healthy veins while travelling

 

Clare Nelson CP CM AU

 

When we sit for a long time travelling in a car, train or plane our blood flow is restricted, our feet and lower legs can begin to swell and sometimes there is an experience of pain. At the extreme you can develop a deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot which forms in deep vein. Blood clots occur when the blood thickens and clumps together. A blood clot can break off and travel through the body risking a pulmonary embolism– a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs.

 

So plan for good news stories when you travel!
1. Water is good with the aim being a quarter of a litre every 2 hours. The die-hard habits when you are travelling of tea, coffee and alcohol can lead to dehydration!
2. Eat a light menu.
3. Exercise sitting and or standing
  • Ankle Circles
  • Foot Pumps
  • Knee Lifts
  • Neck Roll
  • Knee to Chest
  • Forward Flex
  • Shoulder Roll
  • Stop the car and take a walking break, walk the train, or front to back on the plane.
4.Wear comfy, loose fitting clothing and shoes, along with your travel medical compression socks.
To reduce your risk when travelling think about:
  • Length of your trip?
  • Pregnant or post natal?
  • Your age
  • 60 is significant!
  • Your history of blood clotting and what is the story in your blood line?
  • Presence of large varicose veins and/or chronic venous insufficiency
  • Use of the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your weight?
  • Any current disease or serious illness
  • Short term immobilization of a leg across a joint
  • Recent surgery?
Happy and healthy travelling from the team at Happy Feet Pedorthics!
Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU