When you elevate your legs, ideally at or above heart level, it helps
keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs and improves blood flow to the
rest of your body. There are simple ways to improve the blood flow in your legs
and prevent or improve
Prop up your legs when you are sitting. Use a
footrest at work and a footstool or ottoman at home to elevate your
Lie down and prop your legs above heart level at the end of
the day. Try lying on your back on a bed with your feet propped on the wall or
on pillows to improve blood flow back to the heart.
your legs at the knees when sitting. If you can't prop up your feet, set them
flat on the floor or cross them at the ankles. Crossing legs at the knees
squeezes veins and blocks blood flow.
Regularly tense the muscles
in your legs and point and flex your feet when you are sitting for a long
period of time, such as during airplane travel or a long car trip.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
February 5, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 05, 2010
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