Aching legs? Hot? Tired? Heavy? Let's cool them down!

Are you nervous about summer and its effect on your legs?

Annmarie Payne

23 June 2014

Hot weather and your legs

Summer is upon us and however much you love the hot weather, it can have unpleasant effects on your lower limbs.

So why do your legs hurt? Why do your feet feel like they are filled with cement and why are they heating up like hot water bottles? Well, as the weather heats up, the body attempts to keep blood cool by diverting it to the surface of the skin, and the changes in blood flow can cause swelling.

If you don’t stay well hydrated, the heat can disturb your fluid balance – your body retains fluid to counter the drought! Many people find that their feet, ankles and legs swell progressively as the day goes on, either due to inactivity or being continually on their feet, for example when shopping or sightseeing, because a vigorous pumping action of the leg muscles is needed to power blood back up the body.

So how do you cool, refresh and waken up your summer legs?

Simple TIPS to keep your legs healthy this summertime

  • Legs need daily movement: walking, cycling or swimming are all good choices, or even something gentler such as yoga – anything that flexes the calf muscles
  • Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes, especially when on your feet for long periods
  • Avoid fierce heat: hot baths, saunas and long periods of sunbathing won’t help your temperature control!
  • Give your legs a cold shower to tone the blood vessels and cool the blood
  • Drink plenty of plain water and avoid added salt to avoid blood thickening
  • Spend 20 minutes daily sitting with your feet elevated, using gravity to move blood from your lower limbs
  • Massage your legs with an upwards movement. It’s enjoyable and promotes better circulation.

Did you know that chestnuts are good for the legs?

Sounds bizarre I know, but very true! The Horse Chestnut seed, that shiny brown conker so beloved by children (and many adults!) is anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling), astringent (tones blood vessels) and anti-oedema (reduces excess fluid in the tissues).

A herbal helper for your tired, hot, heavy legs

Venagel, which contains extracts of fresh Horse Chestnut seed, helps cool and soothe legs that feel weary, heavy, tired, hot and uncomfortable. It is perfect to use for swift relief at the end of a hard day’s work or after a long journey in the car, plane or train, when your legs can often get swollen and painful. You don’t even have to wait to the end of a long warm day to use the gel. Apply it regularly during the day to keep your legs nice and refreshed.

Another product in our range that goes well alongside Venagel is Venaforce® Horse Chestnut tablets – a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of symptoms of varicose veins such as tired, aching or heavy legs and leg cramps….

So take the heat off your legs!


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  • LALIT SRIVASTAVA's photo avatar
    LALIT SRIVASTAVA — 03.05.2018 10:21
    I feel pain and crampy in my legs specially knees and below knees when summer starts.It stops naturally during rain and winter season.I feel much tired in summer.Kindly refer some Vitamins or Dieatry elements


    • Helen's photo avatar
      Helen — 09.05.2018 07:40
      Hello Lalit, You could apply Venagel topically to ease symptoms of achy legs. A cup of nettle tea might be beneficial here, as well. Try to avoid high salt or processed foods and drink plenty of plain water through the day to keep hydration levels up in warmer weather. Look for a magnesium supplement as this mineral can relax muscles and aid any leg cramps. Please see the link below for foods that can aid circulation in general. Remember to let the doctor know if your knee pain still bothers you. I hope this information is useful to you. Regards Helen. /


  • Vishal Dixit 's photo avatar
    Vishal Dixit — 08.01.2018 08:48
    Heaviness in legs specially in hot weather


    • Helen's photo avatar
      Helen — 08.01.2018 11:11
      Hello Vishal Hopefully my tips above will be of benefit for you, these should help with heavy legs as well. Do let me know how you get on.


  • Abbe Kulhanek 's photo avatar
    Abbe Kulhanek — 22.07.2017 23:39
    Here in the High Desert of California it is over 105° Fahrenheit daily for about 3 months. We are into month 2. Can you believe it? My poor Welsh genes. Anyway, thanks for the tips. I am a visiting nurse who spends many hours in the car. I will also pass these tips on to my patients; almost all of them suffer from +4 pitting edema. Thanks again!


    • Helen's photo avatar
      Helen — 08.01.2018 11:11
      Hi Abbe You're welcome, glad to be of help and thanks you for passing this info on!


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