The circulation back from the legs is a particular problem because we have to pump the blood uphill – going against gravity.
To overcome this let us explain basic leg physiology. When you walk, your foot and leg muscles are contracting and relaxing and acting like a “second heart” to continually pump blood back up your legs to the heart. When the leg muscles contract, the blood is pumped upwards back to the heart. When the muscles relax, new blood refills the deep veins in the leg from the capillaries.
Unfortunately, if you are sedentary for prolong periods like sitting for too long, on a long-haul flight or bed-ridden, your “second heart” is inactive and blood can pool around our ankles and this can lead to pain in the lower legs and ankles.
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Facts about circulation
Average adult has 8-10 pints of blood
Blood is very important because it carries and delivers many things that the body needs to stay well.
Arteries carry blood from the heart
Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxgenated blood away from your heart to the legs, arms and other parts of the body allowing your muscles to work.
Veins carry the used blood back to the heart
Veins carry the used blood back to your heart. Returning blood to the heart from the feet and legs, is very difficult as blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’ back to the heart.
Your legs act as a second heart
Returning blood to the heart from lower parts of the body, such as the feet and legs, is hard work for your circulation because the blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’. To do this, the circulation needs help from muscles that surround the veins. When we walk, muscles in the feet and legs help to pump blood upwards. The more the muscles work the greater the squeezing action and the easier it is to push blood back to the heart. In effect, muscles in areas such as the feet and legs work as your ‘second heart’.
What affects your circulation?
A wide range of medical conditions can affect circulation. These include:
As we grow older, we are often less active than we used to be. This, combined with the general ‘wear and tear’ of aging, can cause the circulation to work less effectively than it once did.
Diet and Tobacco
An unhealthy diet can lead to the arteries becoming clogged up with fatty substances – a condition called ‘atherosclerosis’. Affected arteries narrow and harden, which stops blood from flowing through them as well as it normally would.
Tobacco harms the circulation in many ways, including narrowing blood vessels in the skin, so blood can’t flow as easily, damaging the lining of arteries, making them more likely to clog up with fatty substances and reducing blood flow to the fingers and toes (i.e. the parts of the body furthest away from the heart).
As we walk, muscles in the lower legs and feet operate like a pump, pushing blood back up to the heart. If we don’t move for a prolonged period of time (especially if we are sitting down), this can lead to pooling of blood in the legs, which in turn can cause swelling, stiffness and discomfort.
Symptoms of poorer circulation
- When experiencing poorer circulation there are some simple symptoms that can be recognised. Below are some of the symptoms you may experience:
- Pain in legs and feet
- Tired aching legs and feet
- Leg muscle weakness
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