Legs get loud is the national campaign for legs matter week that we are supporting. This year we’re turning the volume up! Are you ready to make some noise about legs and feet.
12-16th October 2020. #legsgetloud #legsmatter
The Legs Matter coalition works together to increase awareness, understanding and action on lower leg and foot conditions among the public and healthcare professionals. They operate under the governance of the Tissue Viability Society, a registered charity.
Every day, thousands of people’s quality of life is devastated by the lack of support and advice on the prevention of lower leg and foot conditions and the failure to correctly diagnose and treat them. We’re determined to change this.
What is on this week at the Legs Matter Lounge
Throughout the week there is an exciting online program of FREE events on everything from footwear to meditation, hosted by experts from the worlds of healthcare, wellbeing and yoga.
Three point leg check – Legs Get Loud
What are your legs and feet trying to tell you? Don’t ignore even the smallest change to the skin, shape or feel of your legs and feet. Get to know what’s normal and what’s not.
We know that your legs and feet probably haven’t been top of your list recently, but it’s time to give them some attention. Even the smallest change to the way they look or feel can be a sign of something more serious.
That’s why we’re asking everyone to check their legs and feet and to speak up if things aren’t looking or feeling right.
- Skin – Check the skin on your legs and feet for any change in colour or texture, including dry, scaly or red skin, or skin that’s hot to touch. A cut, blister or insect bite that hasn’t healed after two weeks is not normal and needs to be seen by a nurse or podiatrist. Make an appointment at your GP surgery.
- Shape – Swollen legs or feet are your body’s way of saying that something isn’t right. This might be because of an injury or it could be a sign that your veins or lymphatic system aren’t working as well as they should. If your legs or feet are uncomfortably swollen, they need to be seen by a nurse or podiatrist. Make an appointment at your GP surgery.
- Feel – It’s normal to feel an occasional cramp in your legs when walking but if it happens a lot, it could be a sign that your body’s circulatory system isn’t working as well as it should. Tired, throbbing and painful legs can also be a sign that something’s not right – ask your pharmacist for advice or make an appointment at your GP surgery.
Why legs matter – The little things to look out for
Our legs and feet do a lot for us but often they don’t get the attention they deserve. It’s really important that we keep an eye on our lower legs and feet. Even the smallest change to the way they look or feel can be a sign of something more serious.
Get to know what’s normal for you when it comes to your legs and feet. Here are some things to look out for:
- Sores, ulcers or wounds that are not healing
- Tired, throbbing and painful legs
- Varicose veins
- Dry, itchy and scaly skin
- Reddish brown staining above the ankle
- Cramp or pain after walking
- Hot, inflamed and tender skin
If you notice any of these, make sure you get your legs and feet checked out at your GP practice.
Legs Get Loud Downloadable help guides
Our legs and feet do a lot for us but often they don’t get the attention they deserve. It’s really important that we keep an eye on our lower legs and feet. Even the smallest change to the way they look or feel can be a sign of something more serious. We’ve put together this short guide to help you get to know your lower legs and feet – and know when to go and get them checked out at your local health services.
Get to know you legs and feet – short guide