Leg wellness and screening event in Cambridge

Are you interested in knowing more about your own leg wellness?

Talk with experts and get a free, noninvasive vein test at events cosponsored by Allina Health Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment (HOME) and Venosan, the medical support stocking company.

A free leg wellness screening event will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Medical Center Foundation Room, and Thursday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the HOME showroom, 2560 S. Main St., Cambridge.

Appointments are not required. The test (both legs) takes approximately seven minutes. Stockings will be available for purchase. You will receive a 30 percent discount if you pay with cash, check or credit card.

Questions about the event? Call HOME at 763-689-7737. For information about compression stockings and other products available through HOME, visit homestore.allina.com.

Healthy legs: Keep the circulation going 

People don’t like how varicose veins look. But they also are evidence of a common condition called venous insufficiency that can be prevented and treated.

Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart and veins return it with the help of valves that open and close, plus pumping action from the calf muscles. If your vein valves are weak or damaged, blood can pool in and dilate veins near the skin’s surface. You may experience pain, swelling, and leg ulcers.

“There are things you can do for good circulation and healthy legs,” said Thomas Biggs, MD, medical director of United Vascular Clinic, part of United Heart & Vascular Clinic and Allina Health. “Watch your weight, stay active and don’t smoke.”

If you think you may have venous insufficiency, talk to your doctor. He or she can refer you to an Allina Health vascular center. Compression stockings, leg elevation and exercise can help prevent vein valve problems from getting worse.