“So Why Should I Think About My Legs & Feet If I Haven’t Had A Problem Yet?”

 Okay, fair question. But we’ve all had some kind of health promotion discussion during our lives, whether it was from the Green Cross Code man or a Fire Safety Officer. Those nearer to age 21 may have had lessons about how to clean your teeth or wash your hands properly at school. Indeed, most of us visit a Dentist for a check-up. You may have also had some sort of Healthy Eating or Fitness Programme thrown your way at some stage. Well, think of the information from Healthy Legs and Feet as being a variation on a theme.

Just like we take preventative measures to look after other parts of our bodies, our legs and feet need some attention too. We tend to cover them up and squeeze them into things that are the wrong shape. We also expect  them to do what we tell them, while working under pressure and often against gravity. 

 “But There’s Nothing Wrong With My Legs, OR Feet”

 Or rather there doesn’t seem to be… YET!… Have a look at all the different occupations below. There’s bound to be something that you identify with from some time in your life.

Healthy Legs And Feet

“I come under one or two categories, but what of it?”

Some people will use their legs more than others

Let’s take a shop worker as an example:

This person could be sitting at a till or standing behind a counter, or walking the floor helping customers. Then there’s behind the scenes checking stock, moving and handling, reaching up, bending down. Lots of things, all involving their legs and feet in some way.

I’ll break it down further if you like:

Sitting at a till, desk etc:
Pressure on your bottom and the backs of your legs from your body
This pressure will alter the blood flow slightly as your blood vessels change shape a little while you are sitting.
Depending on the type of seating, hard or soft, high or low, can also alter the pressure on your legs, so putting more or less pressure onto your feet.

Standing behind a counter etc:
Yes I know. No-one stands around doing nothing when they’re working behind a counter. Usually you’re doing something which requires your undivided attention. If your legs and feet are lucky, you might be able to move around a bit too, so your bodyweight isn’t pressing non-stop against the soles of your feet, not to mention many of your muscles having to stay in the same position.

Stacking shelves, rotating stock etc:
Customers always want something straight away, so you rush around like the proverbial blue-tailed fly, only to drop a tin on your toe or bash your shin against a trolley. The skin on your legs or feet may be damaged, by bruising or a cut.

So as you can see there are a lot of ways your job or lifestyle can have an effect on the health of your legs and feet.


Long Term Condition



Heart Failure






Skin Problems

Dry Skin

Flaky Skin

Contact Dermatitis

Hard Skin



Leg Problems


Restless Legs

Pins & Needles

Numbness in Feet

Hot Feet


Have You Ever Had


Stroke (CVAor TIA)

Heart Attack or Angina

Vascular Blockages

Thrombosis (DVT)

Intermittent Claudication





Legs or Feet

Veins or Arteries

Varicose Veins



Bruising to Legs or Feet

Wounds or Ulcers

Sprains, Strains or Tears to Leg or Foot Muscles, Tendons or Ligaments

Road Traffic Accident (RTA)

Other Accident

Are You At Risk Of

Damaging Legs or Feet

Corners of Furniture

Walking Around Barefoot

Poorly Fitting Shoes

Slips Trips or Falls

Insect Bites

Supermarket Trolleys

Airport Trolleys/Suitcases



Other Health Problems

Unhealthy Weight


Bad Chest

Aches & Pains

Swollen Legs or Feet

Pressure Sores

Moisture Lesions


Stroke (CVAor TIA)

Heart Attack or Angina

Vascular Blockages

Thrombosis (DVT)

Intermittent Claudication


“Then it’s time to look after your legs and feet. I’m happy to show you how.”

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