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What helps relieve the pain and swelling accompanying poor circulation in legs.

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April 9, 2015 at 10:09 PM

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I happen to have this issue myself. The biggest problem for me would be tasks where I have to stand pretty much in one place for a long period of time (like while folding laundry, or cooking, or doing dishes).

The most important thing to realize is that poor leg circulation isn't a condition, but a symptom. To get to the root of the issue, I'd talk to your doctor about what might be causing it and working on treating that. PAD, blood clots, varicose veins, diabetes, obesity, raynaud's disease, and simply a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet can all contribute.

Doing some research into this, I figured out this probably has to do with my inactive lifestyle and my tendency toward low water intake. I work in a cubicle on a computer all day, have to do a fair amount of driving, and when I come home, I'm generally sitting too. AND I'm terrible about drinking water. I am so bad about drinking water I get other symptoms like overheating at night (even in the winter), and yawning all through the grocery store feeling exhausted (only to find immediate relief and energy after actually drinking something).

Beyond treating the core issue (getting more exercise and drinking more water in my case), wearing supportive shoes in the house helps me when prolonged periods of standing can't be avoided. Elevating my feet helps - especially when my legs are painful, but really, I should be doing this for a short period every day. Massaging your legs can definitely help with blood flow and pain. A soak in an epsom salt bath is wonderful for aching muscles. And a horse chestnut supplement is supposed to be specifically well-suited to poor leg circulation.

Hope this helps!

Erin Froehlich answered
April 13, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Because poor circulation may be related to other medical conditions, the experts at FootSmart and the Podiatry Institute recommend a visit to your general physician or vascular specialist to assess your overall health and blood flow. After a medical checkup, you can treat poor circulation by changing your unhealthy behaviors and managing the medical conditions that may be causing it:rn - Stop smoking cigarettes if you do.rn - Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in a healthy range.rn - Exercise regularly.rn - Avoid long periods of immobility.rn - Elevate your legs. Sitting in a recliner with your legs up can be a great, simple remedy for poor circulation.rn - Use special equipment, such as leg massagers and exercisers to stimulate circulation and improve blood flow.rn - Wear support hosiery or socks to improve circulation. If you’re wearing them for the first time, start by wearing light to moderate support products so that you grow accustomed to the tighter feel of graduated support. I have some good work experience with a OOH Media software and my words are clearly based on what I felt through such processes in the past. http://www.platooh.comrnrn

Martin answered
November 22, 2016 at 12:09 AM

Because poor circulation may be related to other medical conditions, the experts at FootSmart and the Podiatry Institute recommend a visit to your general physician or vascular specialist to assess your overall health and blood flow. After a medical checkup, you can treat poor circulation by changing your unhealthy behaviors and managing the medical conditions that may be causing it:rn - Stop smoking cigarettes if you do.rn - Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in a healthy range.rn - Exercise regularly.rn - Avoid long periods of immobility.rn - Elevate your legs. Sitting in a recliner with your legs up can be a great, simple remedy for poor circulation.rn - Use special equipment, such as leg massagers and exercisers to stimulate circulation and improve blood flow.rn - Wear support hosiery or socks to improve circulation. If you’re wearing them for the first time, start by wearing light to moderate support products so that you grow accustomed to the tighter feel of graduated support. I have some good work experience with a OOH Media software and my words are clearly based on what I felt through such processes in the past. http://www.platooh.comrnrn

Martin answered
November 22, 2016 at 12:10 AM
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