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Leg Pain (cont.)

Leg Pain Prevention

There is a school of thought that says that all injuries are preventable, but in the real world, accidents happen and injuries are the result. Some acute situations are potentially avoidable:

  • When traveling long distances by car, train, or by air, get up and walk every couple of hours to decrease the risk of deep venous thrombosis.
  • For those prone to falls, using a cane or walker may be helpful. As well, footwear with good grips should be encouraged. Falls can occur when the walking surface changes, for example, walking from a carpeted room to one with bare floors, or slipping on throw rugs. Home health safety assessments to minimize these kinds of fall risks may be available through your care provider or your county health department.
  • Maintaining an ideal weight will decrease the lifetime stress on bones and joints and decrease the potential for arthritis and obesity-related illnesses.
  • A regular exercise program and a healthy balanced diet, including adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, will maintain strong bones and joint flexibility.
  • For those with long-term medical conditions, maintaining good control of the disease is a lifelong commitment and may minimize the risk of developing complications. This is especially true for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Smoking is a major risk factor for blood vessel disease and should be avoided.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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