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Reddish/brown staining

As we get older our skin may lose its softness, elasticity and smoothness. You may notice unusual changes such as reddish/brown staining above your ankles.


Long term backflow of blood in the veins can cause red blood cells to leak into the skin, which causes a permanent brownish/red staining. When the skin is stained like this it may break down, or if knocked, fail to heal as it should.


See your GP. If you knock the stained area, any wound there may be hard to heal, so keep an eye on your legs for any non-healing wounds/sores.


Activa Class 2 compression hosiery will assist blood flow back to the heart. A healthcare professional may prescribe ActiLymph hosiery if there is swelling in the legs.