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26/Sep/2017

Varicose veins are a common condition, which affect at least one in four of us. The onset of these swollen veins, typically in the legs, are more common in women. They are also more likely to occur the older we get.

While there are numerous ways to treat varicose veins, are there any ways of prevent the condition from occurring in the first place?

As Bupa informs, there is no scientific evidence to prove we can prevent varicose veins. However, the following suggestions are regular cited as being sensible precautions to help delay the onset of varicose veins.

Exercising

Undergoing regular exercise, keeping weight under control and the muscles, particularly in the legs, active is associated with keeping the condition at bay. Exercise improves the circulation and keeps the blood flowing around the legs, thus helping to avoid the pooling of the blood.

Low impact exercise, such as riding a bike and swimming, are recommended, as they don’t put the legs under excessive strain.

Refrain from wearing high heels

Wearing the right kind of shoes can be helpful in keeping the condition at bay, relieving symptoms, and keeping varicose veins under control. Unlike high heels, flat shoes enable the calf muscles to fully contract. By enabling the calf muscles to fully contract, flat shoes encourage the blood to circulate more freely through the legs, thus helping to prevent the blood pool in the lower extremities of the legs and cause or worsen varicose veins.

Put your feet up at the end of the day

At the end of a busy day, elevating your legs so they rest at a higher level than your heart for approximately 10 to 15 minutes will help to drain any blood that may have pooled in the legs and cause the varicose veins.

Avoid standing or sitting still for long periods

As the NHS advises, avoiding standing or sitting still for long periods can help ease the symptoms of varicose veins. Generally speaking, we should aim to move around every 30 minutes.

If you are concerned about varicose veins and would like to talk to a leading UK specialist in providing advice, diagnosis, and treatment options for varicose veins, get in contact with Daryll Baker of the Vascular Consultancy today. You can book a consultation with Daryll Baker to discuss treatment for varicose veins here.  


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26/Sep/2017

Leg ulcers are painful and long-lasting sores on the legs, which typically develop just above the ankle on the inside of the leg. The ulcer may be itchy, painful and cause swelling and discolouring of the surrounding area.

The most common type of leg ulcer is a venous leg ulcer, which account for more than 90% of leg ulcer cases. It is estimated that the condition affect approximately 1 in 500 people in Britain. Leg ulcers become much more common as we get older, and affect approximately 1 in 50 people over the age of 80.

The Vascular Consultancy offers effective leg ulcer management. Our comprehensive leg ulcer management programme includes our specialist nursing team cleaning the wound and stimulating the skin, in order to cover the wound. The management programme also involves the treatment of any underlying venous conditions.

The leg ulcer wound is cleaned by a combination of three techniques.

Mechanical cleaning is carried out, which involves our nursing team physically removing the slough.

The chemical cleaning of the wound involves protecting the ulcer with appropriate dressings. The wound must be fully cleaned before the compression dressings can be applied. When the wound is clean, a layer of protective cream is applied.

Our leg ulcer management can include the ankle pulses being checked with a Doppler ultrasound, which check arterial blood supply. If there is any compromise to the arterial blood supply shown by the Doppler ultrasound, compression to the wound should not be applied.

The biological cleaning of the leg ulcer includes using maggots to clean the wound.

The cover of skin applied to the affected area is taken by either waiting for the clean wound to heal naturally or by using a skin graft.

Following treatment and providing the leg ulcer is healed, it is important there is continual compression applied to the affected area by the patient continuing to wear support stockings. This will help reduce the risk of the leg ulcer coming back.

For more information about the Vascular Consultancy’s leg ulcer management, get in touch with our professional, experienced and friendly team.

You can book a consultation to see Daryll Baker, a leading UK specialist in vascular conditions, including leg ulcers.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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