Man­ag­ing leg fa­tigue; coeliac treat­ment; hear­ing aid ben­e­fits; rea­sons your gums are bleed­ing

Get the blood flow­ing to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion

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TIRED AND ACHING LEGS can slow you down and leave you feel­ing mis­er­able. Ac­cord­ing to po­di­a­trist Sarah How­ley, leg fa­tigue is of­ten caused by de­creased cir­cu­la­tion, and it’s more com­mon among peo­ple who stand or sit for long pe­ri­ods of time, older adults, women and smok­ers. When you’re not ac­tive, your mus­cles stop con­tract­ing and pump­ing blood freely. When blood doesn’t cir­cu­late prop­erly, it pools, leav­ing your legs and feet feel­ing swollen, heavy and tired. Try th­ese tips to ease your pins.

Be ac­tive

If your work or life­style means you sit or stand for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, make sure you in­clude time to get your blood mov­ing. This means stand­ing up and walk­ing around once every hour. An­kle ro­ta­tions and toe raises will also help stim­u­late blood flow.

Walk or run

In­cor­po­rate some ex­er­cise into your day. Choose to walk in­stead of drive or use the stairs.

Put your feet up

El­e­vat­ing your legs at the end of the day for be­tween 15-20 min­utes helps to drain pooled blood back in the di­rec­tion of your heart.

Be shoe smart

If you’re stand­ing most of the day, wear shoes that of­fer good sup­port – and avoid high heels.

Wear com­pres­sion stock­ings

Th­ese work by ap­ply­ing pres­sure to prob­lem ar­eas from the an­kle up­wards. Gone are the days of ugly beige com­pres­sion stock­ings – they are now avail­able in fash­ion­able colours and styles that look just like nor­mal socks and hosiery.

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