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Tips to Manage Symptoms
- Wear your prescription compression stockings daily. Make sure you are wearing the right size and strength of stocking, and that they do not pinch or bind at the top. See wearing compression stockings for more tips.
- Avoid prolonged standing or sitting, and hot baths
- Elevate your feet above your thighs while sitting, and above your heart when lying down. You should try to put your legs up at least 3 times a day for 30 minutes each time.
- Raising the foot of your bed by 4 to 6 inches with bed blocks can help blood flow out of the legs and back to the heart, reducing nighttime pain and swelling.
- Use a warm washcloth to apply moist heat a few times each day. This can help reduce pain and swelling.
- Ask your doctor which pain relievers are safe for you to take. Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen, and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can help control leg pain. Notify your doctor if you need more medication than usual to control your pain.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks, and avoid clothing that is tight around your waist, thighs, or legs. You should still wear compression stockings as prescribed.
- Talk to your doctor about an exercise plan to maintain walking ability and relieve your symptoms