(And this is why women need to know - part 1)
We see them every day, and we see them everywhere. We take them for granted, rarely giving them a second thought. Then we get really annoyed when they don’t work, even if it was our fault for not looking after them properly in the first place. And of course, someone else’s is ALWAYS better than our own.
No, we’re not talking about cars … we’re talking about legs and feet! Okay, they’ll never hold the land speed record, even Usain Bolt’s fastest sprint fell short of the urban speed limit. But your legs and feet are ready for action 24/7, and they’re built to last you a lifetime – IF you look after them.
A whole lifetime. Let’s be honest, do you appreciate what that actually means? Your legs need the strength to hold your body upright, and at the same time, the flexibility to move it from A to B. From a lazy ramble through the meadow …
… to a full performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Every bone and muscle in your lower limbs must work together in perfect harmony: to achieve the ordinary, and aspire to the extraordinary.
And your feet are pretty amazing too. Inside each foot, there are a whopping 28 bones and 100+ muscles and tendons which are always on standby. Ready and waiting, for that occasional stroll along the beach …
… or the regular lunchtime walk at work, to clock up the magical 10,000 steps a day. You know, that’s about 4 times around the world, during the average lifetime: no easy feat for your size …??
Size isn’t everything, but it does make great headlines. In 2017, Ekaterina Lisina was crowned owner of the longest (female) legs. The towering Russian impressed Guinness World officials with her 52 inches, and we’re not surprised.
But quality over quantity, right? Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs were reportedly insured for $144 million, with each one apparently worth the sum of David Beckham’s legs. So … valuable legs must mean quality legs, right?
Well, Ronaldo’s legs have made football history, thanks to hard physical training. But insurance on Mariah Carey’s shapely legs (not her astounding voice) supposedly topped $1 billion for the pair. Take a look, what do you think?
Strong or flexible, fast or steady, extremely long, especially athletic, or even exceptionally lovely! Ordinary or extraordinary, we at OSIM UK believe every pair of legs (and feet) is special, and deserves a healthy dose of TLC.
With the festive season well and truly behind us, our thoughts turn towards the first bank holiday of the year. An extra-long weekend: time to relax with the family, visit some old friends …
… and admire the mind-numbing scenery along the M25. We all know that the motorway system copes badly with spikes in activity. Together with recurring potholes, lengthy roadworks, and inconsiderate motorists …
… it’s surprising that more traffic jams don’t turn into traffic accidents, isn’t it? ‘Patch up the holes, step up the maintenance, and educate those reckless drivers’, we hear you say. Sound advice for over 3,700 km (2,300 miles) of busy motorway …
… and equally sound advice for around 100,000 km (62,135 miles) of arteries, veins, and capillaries that pump the blood around your body. Because when this system begins to slow down, it’s a bit more serious than a 30-minute delay on the M25. For instance, have you heard of:
Your blood circulation should work efficiently, like a well-oiled machine, thanks to a series of one-way valves. The problem is: vein walls get overstretched, valves struggle to push blood through, and this is the result:
We didn’t want to freak you out, with graphic images of lumps and bumps (a search engine like Google will kindly oblige, if you dare to look). Blood collects, bottleneck forms, vein swells up – that basically sums it up. For many people, varicose veins are pretty uncomfortable; for most people, they are painfully unattractive.
Okay, we have freaked you out now, sorry about that. Can you fix varicose veins? Or better still, avoid them in the first place? The honest answer: often, but not always. Mmm … so how do you stack the odds, in your favour?
Keep your body moving, to keep your blood flowing! Don’t stand for too long, and don’t sit for too long either. Staying active is great for the waistline, plus you are (quite literally) takes the weight off those hardworking veins. Mind you, the extra pounds are difficult to avoid when you’re older or you’re expecting …
And what’s this about genetics? Well, if varicose veins run in the family, it could affect your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. But it won’t cancel out your efforts altogether, so keep moving, no excuses! But there’s more bad news for you ladies, because female hormones can interfere with the vein walls, pushing up your risk of leaky valves.
Staying active is definitely the key. But for the average working mum, who spends all week standing behind a checkout or sitting behind a desk, and all weekend relaxing in front of the telly, it’s a question of finding the time. We know how busy you are, but it’s more a question of making the time.
And if you can’t (or you won’t)? Your varicose veins might not look too bad, and the pain might not feel too bad, however you run the risk of serious complications such as leg ulcers. These open skin sores often take months to recover, even with professional help – yep, that’s scary! But on a more optimistic note …
… less serious cases can often be managed at home. Compression stockings help to regulate blood flow, and, coupled with a balanced regime of exercise and rest, may solve your problem. And if that doesn’t work …
… there’s always surgery. Endothermal ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy are procedures based on sealing off the damaged veins or removing them altogether. We did look for user-friendly images, to explain these very non user-friendly medical terms, but again everything was a bit too graphic for our blog!
The bottom line: keep yourself active, avoid varicose veins – hello, happy legs! And that’s the end of the story? Oh no, we’re just getting started. Have you ever had problems with … oops, we almost gave it away.
But if you’re curious, then come a little bit closer: