If you can't wait to put your feet up when you get home, you could be experiencing a symptom of a venous disorder.

If you can't wait to put your feet up when you get home, you could be experiencing a symptom of a venous disorder.

Do you stand or sit for long periods of time at work?

Are you pregnant?

Do you like to travel?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are at a higher risk of experiencing symptoms of venous disorders. Other risk factors include heredity and excess weight.

More than 30% of women and 10% of men report symptoms of venous disorders such as heavy or tired legs, swelling in the ankles, and the appearance of varicose and/or spider veins.

Our circulatory system or cardiovascular system is comprised of the heart (cardiovascular), lungs (pulmonary) and the highway of blood which consists of arteries, veins, and smaller blood vessels. The heart pushes “fresh” blood full of oxygen, from the lungs, to organs and muscles. Veins carry the deoxygenated blood back to the heart. As there isn’t a pump to move blood back towards the heart, there are valves inside veins to prevent blood from flowing backwards. Veins are working hard to overcome gravity in order to return blood back to the heart.

Venous disorders occur when the valves do not work properly and blood is not getting back to the heart efficiently. This can feel like having heavy legs, seen as swelling, or if the blood is flowing backwards and pooling – varicose veins.

Compression socks helps move the blood move up the leg

Compression stockings that use graduated compression (the compressive force is strongest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it goes up the leg) have been proven to be effective in preventing and treating venous disorders. The sock acts like a gentle squeeze for your leg encouraging valve funtion to move blood back to the heart and prevent or decrease swelling.

Compression socks are available in over-the-counter (as a preventative) or with a prescription (as treatment for a diagnosed venous disorder) in various styles and colours so no one will mistake them for your granny’s socks.

In addition to wearing compression socks, here are some other tips for healthy legs:

  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Movement will improve circulation and help blood flow back to the heart.
  • Avoid extended exposure to heat. Heat causes your veins to expand and may increase the risk of swelling.
  • Elevate your legs. Decrease the effect of gravity on your legs and help promote the body’s natural circulation.
  • Exercise regularly to help improve circulation.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear graduated compression stockings to help improve circulation

If you have questions or would like to book an appointment for a medical compression stocking, please contact us.