Free Footwear Health Check

Are you:
• working on your feet all day,
• travelling and want to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis
• playing sport
• noticing mild odema or slight varicose veins
• wanting to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy

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Or do you have:
• tired, heavy or swollen legs or ankles
• a sensation of heat in your legs
• a tingling, cramp or feeling of tension in your feet or legs
• a dragging pain in your calf
• the rupture of small veins immediately below the skin of the calf or thigh
Then compression socks or stockings will give you such a feeling of comfort and well-being without the tired legs at the end of the day!

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Each of us can take preventative measures against the advancement of a venous disorder. Six practical tips:
1. Lie or walk rather than sitting or standing
2. Use the muscle pump if you cannot avoid sitting or standing
3. Have you legs above your heart as often as possible
4. Avoid excessive warmth
5. Reduce your body weight eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercising.
6. Wear medical compression stockings every day.

Contraindications for wearing compression stockings include:
• Ischemia, which is a lack of oxygen in the limbs
• Peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves
• Congestive heart failure, which causes a build – up of fluid – odema in the legs.
• Cellulitis, which is an infection deep within the skin that causes fluid build-up
• Allergies to the components used to make compression garments

At Happy Feet Pedorthics we can measure and fit people for compression socks or stockings. For most people wearing compression garments means wearing a below knee sock.

Link to ‘Information sheet medical Venous disorders

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While you are carrying your baby we at Happy Feet Pedorthics want you to be free of:

  • Tiredness, restlessness, heaviness and tension in your legs
  • Tingling sensations and cramps in the night
  • Visibly swollen feet and varicose veins


Pregnancy is a very unique time for a woman’s body. The change in hormones and the expansion of the uterus can affect the leg veins. 30% of women pregnant for the first time and 55% of women who have had 2 or more full time pregnancies develop varicose veins. (Swiss Medical Weekly 2001: 131:659-662)

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Congestion in the legs can be avoided in a harmless way during pregnancy by:

  • avoiding standing still frequently as much as possible
  • not sitting too low down
  • avoiding the hard edges of chairs
  • exercising a lot – walking, hiking, swimming and cycling
  • actively move your legs as often as possible
  • not taking hot baths
  • avoiding long periods of sunbathing
  • actively cooling the legs down
  • lying comfortably with the legs slight raised
  • wearing medical compression stockings


Wearing compression stockings during pregnancy:

  • prevents blood from pooling in the veins
  • reduces the risk of an elevated heart rate in the mother and child
  • reduces the risk of varicose veins, inflammation and thrombosis
  • alleviates common symptoms of swollen feet and ankles, or tired and achy legs

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The corset, the girdle, the panty girdle, the suspender belt. Stockings to panty hose to stay ups and more or less!


What would the great great grandmothers and grandfathers have thought – panty hose and then stay ups!


What’s comfy, what’s sexy, what’s healthy, what’s fun?


The magic of colours or the colours of magic – thigh highs in colours!


Spring is here – sort those clothes, check those legs, what about the footwear and hosiery to match!


Compression thigh highs keep the blood and fluid pumping! They are comfy, healthy and show off those legs!


See you at Happy Feet Pedorthics with more stories of comfy wearing of compression with legs and feet less tired, less oedematous, ready for walking! Happy Feet!


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