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Leg swelling and pain after continuous standing

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i am a teacher when i stand up for period of time my legs swallow and hurt. thanks for ur help
Posted Sun, 6 May 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 26 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

Although there are many causes of leg pain but leg pain after continuous standing can be due to venous insufficiency (like in varicose veins) or venous congestion which occurs when the valves in your leg veins doesn't work properly to keep blood moving efficiently from your legs to your heart. This causes pain in legs and sometimes swelling. Obesity can be a contributing factor.

You need to get your arterial blood pressure using an ultrasound stethoscope (Doppler), color Doppler and a MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) done.
Till that time, follow these lifestyle measures to alleviate the symptoms:

1)     Increase muscle activity with walking, avoid standing in place for long periods of time and avoid sitting with the feet dependent.

2)     Limit salt intake and stop taking any laxatives (if you are taking them).

3)     Elevate the legs when sitting and wear leg wedges while sleeping, support socks and proper fitting shoes and socks.

4)     Keep your fluid intake adequate by taking plenty of fluids.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.


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