When it comes to keeping your legs and feet healthy, you have more power than you might think. We’ve put together five things that you can do today to take charge of your leg and foot health and start feeling your best again.
01 – MAKE THAT GP APPOINTMENT
If you’ve got a cut that’s not healing, swelling that’s not going down or just any niggling problem with your legs or feet, today’s the day to make that GP appointment and get a referral to a specialist healthcare professional such as a podiatrist or vascular nurse. They’ll be able to do some simple tests to find out if you have a problem.
02 – CHECK YOUR LEGS AND FEET
After your shower or bath, take a look at your legs and feet. Check the skin for any changes in colour or texture, including dry, scaly or red skin, or skin that’s hot to touch. These are all early warning signs of a leg or foot problem.
03 – DO SOME HEEL RAISES
Moving your legs and feet is a great way of reducing any swelling. Rotate your ankles when you’re watching telly or do some heel raises while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil for your morning cuppa. It all adds up.
04 – DITCH THE SOAP
It’s important to keep the skin on your legs and feet clean and well moisturised. Avoid soap as this can be very drying. Instead, use a moisturising soap substitute or bath emollient when washing. You may want to use a moisturising lotion or cream afterwards.
05 – PUT YOUR FEET UP
A simple but good one, elevating your legs boosts circulation and reduces swelling. This is especially important if you have a job where you’re on your feet all day such as hairdressing or working in a shop. Try it this evening when you’re on the phone or watching TV.
NHS Choices the official NHS website, which provides vital information and support about leg and foot signs and other symptoms.
Call 111 - for non-emergency medical advice
Find out more on the NHS Choices website
Foot in Diabetes UK Part of Diabetesonthenet.com Foot in Diabetes UK is an organisation dedicated to continuous improvement in the care and management of people with diabetic foot problems.
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.
Find out more on the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation website
Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) is a national UK charity which provides information and support to people with lymphoedema.
020 7351 0990
Find out more on the Lymphoedema Support Network website