Do you have a heavy and aching feeling in your legs? Or do you feel like your legs are swollen? You might have a problem in your veins. In healthy veins, there is a continuous flow of blood, if the blood can’t flow normal caused either by blood clots or varicose veins it can cause major health problems.
To maintain the blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling in your legs or if you have varicose veins, spider veins, or just had surgery, doctors often prescribe compression stockings. They are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain blood flow and reduce swelling. They help to prevent blood clots, especially after surgery or injury when you are less active. You might need to wear them for several years after a surgery, especially after a deep vein thrombosis.
Apart from wearing thrombosis stockings, there are also some things you can do to improve your blood flow.
- Elevate your legs whenever possible
- Keep your legs uncrossed when seated
- Exercise regularly to help the blood move
- After a long sitting period, move your feet and legs