When the valves in your leg veins are damaged, blood begins to pool. As a result, your veins have trouble carrying blood from your legs back to your heart. In time, this causes chronic (long-lasting) venous insufficiency.
You may have aches or swelling in your legs. If the swelling is not controlled, an ulcer (sore) may form.
Special care of your legs can help control your symptoms, reduce swelling and reduce your risk of developing ulcers.
Do the following foot exercises several times a day to keep blood moving when you sit.
To do these exercises, sit in a comfortable chair. Use correct posture. Do each set of exercises five times with one leg. Switch legs and repeat for five times.
Wear therapeutic compression stockings that apply pressure from your ankles up through your calves.
If you develop ulcers (sores), call your health care provider as soon as possible.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Care for Venous Insufficiency Disease, vcs-ahc-14383 (03/09)
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