Leg Elevation Techniques
Anyone who has ever felt swollen legs know how painful it can be. It can be so uncomfortable that fluid pressure builds up in your legs that you want to lay down on a cushion or pillow for hours. There are many things you can do at home to reduce swelling and ease the discomfort. Elevating your legs can help drain fluid from your lower extremities. This is commonly known as the ‘gravity effect’ because blood flow will be encouraged to that area by the pressure from your legs.
Anti-inflammatory medications can reduce swelling by decreasing fluid retention. This will lower pressure and make it easier to move around. Swollen legs syndrome can be treated with NSAIDs, which are medications that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Compression stockings can be a great choice if you have swelling in your legs. Compression stockings can help reduce swelling by keeping blood flow strong and consistent, which helps to ease symptoms like swelling. They can also be worn during the day to support your feet and ankles. This helps reduce fluid retention or edema.
If you have symptomatic or silenced venous insufficiency, a Weston legs specialist may recommend compression stockings. These stockings can also be beneficial for someone with swollen legs.
Prevention Of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Compression stockings around the ankles can be a great defense against DVT if you travel long distances (especially overseas). DVT can lead to blood clots in your legs and arms. DVT is a common complication of long flights. It can be fatal for 20% to 40% of travelers who have been on planes for more than three hours. Compression stockings can reduce the incidence of blood clots even if you are taking medication to prevent them from happening.
Prevention of Spider Veins
Spider veins can develop in venous insufficiency patients with swollen legs. This is because blood pools and pushes through weak vein walls, causing them bulge. These bulging veins give spiders their unique appearance.
Prevention of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins make up the majority of people who seek treatment for swollen legs. You should not wait to treat swelling until they are present. Compression stockings can significantly lower your chances of developing these “purple puffs”, or large numbers of broken-down vein walls and valves if caught early.
Visit a specialist if you live in Weston and have swelling of the legs. If you have any questions about your medical condition or health goals, consult your doctor or another qualified health provider.