The Hidden Dangers of Crossing Your Legs

The Hidden Dangers of Crossing Your LegsIt’s pretty common (especially for women) to be told that you should cross your legs when sitting down. It is generally considered to be more polite and refined, but if you have varicose veins or have had deep vein thrombosis, sitting with your legs crossed could be more of a problem to you than simply appearing impolite.

Possible Complications from Crossing your Legs

Crossing your legs interferes with your blood circulation, making your veins work harder to allow blood flow to your heart. Sitting with your legs crossed puts added pressure and stress on your veins, which can lead to:

  • Increased blood pressure levels
  • Inflammation or weakening of the veins
  • Blood clot
  • Excess varicose veins

When it comes to your veins, you don’t want anything to interfere with proper blood flow. This is what leads to unsightly varicose veins and possible clots that could become dangerous if untreated.

How to Avoid Complications

It seems like a simple answer. Just don’t cross your legs. But for some people, it is a habit that is hard to break, or it may just be more comfortable to sit that way. If you are someone who feels more comfortable sitting with their legs crossed, try and be aware of how long you are sitting that way. If you feel like you sit with your legs crossed often and for long periods of time, try standing up and stretching your legs every half hour. Also, try some simple leg stretches while you’re sitting. You can flex your feet up and down to get your blood flowing.

We may not always think about how seemingly small actions can affect our health, so be aware of what you can do to be proactive when it comes to your health. If you have any concerns about possible clots or varicose veins you should talk to your vein specialist Dr. Perry.

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