What to look out for

Most leg and foot problems can be helped by doing something early on.

As we get older our skin changes. It becomes dryer and less elastic so we develop wrinkles and possibly some age spots. Our veins may become a bit more visible, we may be a bit less mobile than we used to be and wounds can take a little longer to heal than when we were younger.

However, any knocks or cuts should still heal quite quickly. Our legs or feet should not become so swollen that it is difficult to find comfortable footwear. The skin on our legs should not be so dry that it itches or develops areas that are scaly, irritable or discoloured. If mobile, we should be able to walk short distances without getting cramp in our calves. Veins on our legs may be more visible but should not be uncomfortable.

Look out for legs or feet with these signs:

  • Swelling
  • Sores and knocks that are not healing
  • Dry / itchy skin
  • Reddish brown staining
  • Varicose veins
  • Pain

These sign are not normal.

If your legs or feet are causing you problems, you should see your GP

Your GP will then refer you to a specialist healthcare professional, such as a vascular nurse or a local leg club, who will be able to do some simple tests to find out if you have a problem.

Other support

NHS Choices the official NHS website, which provides vital information and support about leg and foot signs and other symptoms.

Contact details
Call 111 - for non-emergency medical advice
Find out more on the NHS Choices website

The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation Promoting and supporting community based treatment, health promotion, education and ongoing care for people who are experiencing leg-related problems - including leg ulcers and other wound care issues.

Contact details
01473 749565
Find out more on the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation website

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