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?
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.
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.
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