Your lower limb from your hip downwards is a very important functional and physiological part of your body.
Blood from your arteries carrying oxygen and nutrients is pumped from your heart down to your legs. Veins then carry blood that has utilised the oxygen and waste products are pumped back to the heart to be cleansed.
This process has to occur against gravity and the pressures associated with it, making it more challenging than the upper limbs.
Many people with varicose veins experience what they believe is poor circulation due to the heaviness and aching in their legs.
How can you improve it?
- Keep warm. For some, being cold can reduce circulation in the legs. They often have a condition called Raynauds whereby the fingers and toes go blue. Wearing warm gloves and stockings can help for this
- Stretching. Tight muscles are a big cause of pain in the lower legs and reduced circulation.
- Exercise to keep your weight down and more importantly to activate your calf muscles help pump blood back to the heart efficiently.