Preventing Leg Lymphedema

Take good care of yourself to lower your odds of getting leg lymphedema.

 Healthy LifestyleGet Good Nutrition

  • Cut back on foods high in salt and fat.
  • Have at least two to four servings of fruits and three to five servings of vegetables each day.
  • Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need.
  • Use the package label information to make healthy choices.
  • Get fiber from whole-grain versions of breads, cereals, pasta, and rice. Fruit and veggies are good sources too.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay at your ideal body weight.
  • Avoid alcohol

Exercise regularly

  • Light exercises are encouraged
  • Check with your doctor on the type of lower body exercises you’re allowed to do
  • There are no restrictions for upper body workouts
  • Stop doing any exercise that gives you pain. And if your leg becomes tired cool down, then rest and elevate it.

 LymphedemaProtect your legs

  • Protect your skin from scratches, sores, burns, and other irritations that might lead to an infection. Use electric razors to remove hair, and replace razor head frequently.
  • No barefoot, wear shocks
  • Use care when cutting your toenails.
  • Use insect repellents to prevent bug bites.
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Elevate your leg whenever possibe


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Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA