Looking after your legs is a crucial part of securing a healthier future. That's why Activa has joined forces with television presenter and vice-president of The Patients’ Association - Angela Rippon, to bring you the LegHealth Campaign.
The LegHealth Campaign aims to raise awareness of the various conditions that can affect our legs. From the very common and easy to improve - such as tired aching legs, to more serious leg wounds that require the help of a healthcare professional.
Many leg conditions are caused by poor circulation in the leg veins. These veins have the uphill task of taking blood back to the heart and as such can weaken as gravity takes its toll over time. Happily, even serious leg problems respond well to treatment. If you are at all concerned about any leg conditions, contact a healthcare professional.
Good blood flow is vital to keeping your skin and tissue healthy. Tiny valves inside our veins open and close to ensure blood is moving around the body in the right direction. If these valves become damaged, this can drastically reduce their ability to stop the blood flowing backwards. This backflow of blood is what leads to conditions such as swelling or varicose veins.
“Leg problems are very common, and while we may worry about the appearance of a pronounced leg vein, we aren't aware of the wider health implications. Pronounced veins or aching legs can, if left untreated, lead to more serious problems such as varicose veins, swollen legs and ankles or even leg ulcers. The LegHealth Campaign has a clear message: if we take action now we can help to safeguard the future health of our legs.”
Walk and exercise regularly
Eat a balanced diet and watch your weight
Examine your feet and legs regularly, and get treatment for any knocks or sores – particularly if you have diabetes
Regularly moisturise the skin on your legs
Try to stop smoking, as smoking can lead to circulatory problems in your legs
Keep moving - try not to stand or sit for long periods
If you have been advised to wear compression hosiery then it is important to wear it - ideally every day
Put your feet up!
Do not cross your legs for long periods
Try these leg exercises to improve your circulation
This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a health care professional. Consumers should rely on the judgement of a health care professional for specific conditions.
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