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Exercise keeps leg arteries clear

People with low lifetime levels of physical activity are at increased risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study has found.

Spray-on skin may heal leg ulcers

A pharmaceutical company says preliminary findings support a spray-on treatment that uses skin cells to speed the healing of venous leg ulcers, a condition that often strikes the elderly.

Man froze off 'hated' right leg

A man who had "hated" his right leg for 25 years told how he plunged it in a bucket of dry ice for six hours so surgeons had no choice but to amputate below the knee.

How stilettos change the shape of your legs

Along with aching feet and a variety of foot deformities, years of high-heel wearing can actually alter the anatomy of the calf muscles and tendons, according to a study.

Obesity raises risk for lymphedema

The health risks associated with being overweight and obese are well publicised, but new research may add another condition to this list: leg lymphedema, pain and swelling due to blockage of the lymph nodes in the groin area.

Restless legs linked to heart risk

People with restless legs syndrome face twice the risk of a stroke or heart disease compared to people who don't have the neurological condition.

23% of people have restless legs

New research suggests that 23% of people have restless leg syndrome, or RLS, which is much higher than previously reported rates of 3% to 10%.

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Dr. Riaz Motara is a specialist physician and cardiologist. He has an interest in preventative cardiology. He runs Veinsculpt, the first and only comprehensive vein clinic in South Africa, using endo-venous laser ablation as the treatment of choice.He also operates the only Women's Heart Clinic in South Africa.

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