The blood flow is slow from veins in your legs back to your heart. Blood tends to pool in your legs, especially when you stand. As a result, you may have:
These problems usually get worse over time. Learn self-care that you can do at home to:
Compression stockings help with swelling in your legs. They can gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs.
Your health care provider will help you find where to buy these and how to use them.
Do gentle exercises to build muscle and to move blood up your legs. Here are some suggestions:
Raising your legs helps with pain and swelling.
Do not sit or stand for a long time. When you sit or stand, move your legs every few minutes.
Keeping your skin well moisturized helps it stay healthy. Talk with your health care provider before using any lotions, creams, or antibiotic ointments. Don’t use:
Watch for skin sores on your leg, especially around your ankle. Take care of sores right away to prevent infection.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
Venous insufficiency- self-care; Venous stasis ulcers - self-care; Lipodermatosclerosis - self-care
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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