English: A woman wearing stay-up stockings hel...
English: A woman wearing stay-up stockings held up by elastic. Français : Une femme avec des bas auto-fixants. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kompressionsstrümpfe. Man sollte die am linken...
Kompressionsstrümpfe. Man sollte die am linken Bein zu sehende Faltenbildung vermeiden. Die Kompressionsstrümpfe haben einen Haftrand und neigen zum Rutschen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Body Tip Legs feeling heavy and tired? It could signal poor leg circulation from incompetent valves. Try wearing compression stockings.

Sometimes, after a long day, your legs may feel heavy and tired. One solution: socks or stockings that compress your feet, calves and thighs. These stockings — after a day of wear — will make your legs feel stronger and more well-rested (and they decrease your chances of developing varicose veins). How? Compression stockings decrease the pooling of blood in your legs, improving the return of blood to your heart and your heart’s ability to pump.

Though the best stockings are custom-made, off-the-shelf ones work well too; choose ones with pressures starting at 10 mm Hg and on up to 40 mm Hg. Higher pressure stockings work better, but they are also more expensive and harder to put on. If you have no symptoms other than fatigue and heaviness in your legs, choose 10 mm Hg; if you have mild swelling in your feet and legs, choose at least 20 mm Hg. You can wear compression stockings every day for about four months, washing them in cold water at night.


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