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Exercises and tips for healthy legs and feet


Simple exercises such as moving your feet around in circles, then up and down can improve circulation and reduce swelling.


Look after your skin

Keeping your skin in good condition can help prevent some leg conditions.

  • Try to moisturise your legs with an unscented moisturiser every night before bed
  • Check your skin for any changes such as breaks, cracks and swelling
  • Try Debrisoft to manage dry skin - read more information on taking care of your skin with Debrisoft

If broken areas are not healing within 2 weeks, visit your GP surgery for advice.

Stay Active

Move your legs and feet regularly in any way that feels good for you – it’s great for circulation and reducing swelling. Exercise can also help to strengthen muscles as well as support you in achieving a healthy weight.

  • Get those steps in - try to walk for about 30 minutes a day
  • If walking is difficult, move your feet around in circles, then up and down – you can do this sitting down.
  • Avoid standing for a long time
  • Try a fitness watch to track the amount of steps you do a day – you may be surprised!

Healthy diet

  • Aim to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. Carrying extra weight increases the risk of developing problems in your legs and feet.
  • For more hints and tips on how you can do this visit the NHS eat well website

Stop smoking

  • Smoking decreases the blood flow to the legs and feet, and makes healing more difficult.
  • If you do smoke, try to cut down or quit. For more advice on how to quit smoking visit the NHS quit smoking

Consider compression

If you’re prone to swelling in your legs and feet, suffer with tired achy leg or you have problems with your veins, then compression* may be helpful.

  • Compression socks or tights are usually worn daily but your healthcare professional will advise you on what’s best for you.
  • Compression comes in lots of different styles and colours so that you can chose the compression style that suits you.

*If you’re new to compression or have concerns about your legs or feet, please talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist for further advice on whether compression might be suitable for you.

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