Venous training - give your leg health a boost!
If you want to do something good for your legs to complement appropriate compression therapy, you should do a few regular exercises to keep your veins in top shape. Here are some examples of the training you can do.
To warm up, march in place. Pull your knees up sharply while allowing your arms to swing loosely.
Lift one leg off the floor and draw a figure-8 in the air. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times for each leg.
Stand on your tiptoes on top of a heavy book (e.g. a telephone directory) and stretch upwards. Touch the floor 15 times with your heels.
Lie flat on your back with your arms down by your sides. Make circles in the air with your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. Do this for about 30 seconds.
With the soles of your feet, roll a ball in a circle on the floor for about half a minute.
Place a roll of paper towels or a bottle in front of your feet on the floor. Move your feet in a curve across the top of the roll or bottle up to your toes and back to your heels. Do this 15 times.
Lying on your back, lift your leg. Bend and stretch it 15 times against a taut fitness band.
Lie flat and rest your legs on a cushion or a roll of paper towels. Taking each leg in turn, stretch your toes toward your body 15 times.
Stand on tiptoes 15 times, returning to a standing position slowly each time.
Sit with your heels on the floor. Taking each leg in turn, lift your right and left toes 15 times.