Easy steps for beautiful legs
Taking care of your legs does not necessarily mean long and clumsy procedures. You can take small steps every day to ensure their health. And in return your legs will carry you easily through many exciting experiences.
Visit your doctor regularly
If you feel pain and heaviness in the legs, swelling of the ankles, or if the veins become visible, visit your doctor. This will permit early diagnosis of venous disease and timely prevention measures and treatment. Phlebotropic drugs are most widely prescribed for relief of venous symptoms.
Massage your legs more often
Massage your legs whenever you can, starting from the feet and going upwards. Massaging the legs improves the circulation of the blood in the venous system.
Sleep with highly elevated legs
Raising the legs 10-15 high during sleep decreases venous congestion and helps venous drainage to the heart.
Wear suitably high shoes
Avoid wearing flat shoes or shoes with heels height more than 5 cm. Try to wear shoeswith heels between 3 and 5 cm.
Wear loose clothes
Clothes that too tight press the veins and prevent venous drainage. Choose loose fitting clothes and avoid tight trousers, corsets and belts.
Relieve constipation and lose excess weight
Constipation and overweight increase venous pressure and can be prevented by a high fibre diet (fruits, vegetables, wholegrain bread), increased intake of fluids (about 1.5 l water per day) and limited intake of fats, fatty meat, coffee, alcohol.
Take a cool shower of the legs before going to bed
Taking a cold shower of the legs at the end of the day, starting from the feet and going up, improves venous function and relieves the sensation of pain and heaviness in the legs.
Avoid prolonged exposure to heat
Heat causes the veins to dilate. Therefore you should avoid prolonged exposure to sun, hot hair removal procedures, hot baths and saunas.
Choose the right sport
Walking regularly and with suitable footware is the best sport to improve blood circulation in the veins. Practice swimming, running, cyclying, dancing. Avoid sports as tennis, handball, basketball. They lead to dilatation of the veins and slow down the venous return.
Move your legs whenever you can
If you job requires prolonged sitting or standing, take short breaks walking around or making circular movements with the legs. During long travels by car, train or plane, moving your legs or taking short walks at regular intervals stimulates venous drainage. Do not cross your legs and try to elevate them more often so that blood can drain under gravity.