During the lockdown, we are being encouraged to stay indoors and away from other people.
Many of the internet jokes are based on the obvious fact that many people may put on weight during this time.
However, most people do not think about their veins.
At The Whiteley Clinic, we have produced this simple “infographic” to remind people to look after their leg veins.
This is free to share with anyone affected by the lockdown.
Veins return blood back to the heart.
In normal people, this happens when the legs are elevated or during movement.
Movement pumps the blood back up the veins.
Provided the valves are working normally in the veins, it can’t then fall back down the veins.
When the valves aren’t working, the blood falls back down the veins. This is called “venous reflux”.
Venous reflux can cause aching, varicose veins, swelling of the ankles, skin damage and leg ulcers.
For more information about how movement pumps the venous blood out of the legs, and what happens when the valves fail, please see: “Understanding Venous Reflux: The Cause of Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers“.
If you would like more advice, or a video consultation with one of our vein experts, please contact us through our contact page.