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Ask the Expert: Tracy Mandryk, NP, Is there a “BEAUTY SECRET” to keep my legs looking and feeling great?

Everybody wants to have a pair of nice looking legs. We don’t want to feel like we have to hide our legs under long pants, right?   Unfortunately, relatively few of us are blessed by nature (or should we say genealogy) with naturally good-looking legs.  The truth is – for most of us it takes some work to give our legs that “toned” look.  The good news is that there are numerous ways to help our legs to stay healthy, shapely, and pleasing to the eye.

LEGSDon’t worry, this is not going to be a trip down vanity lane.  The bottom line is that our legs are very important and should not be neglected.  They have to carry and support us every day for our entire life.  So, naturally they deserve some of our attention and we should care about their well-being.

You guessed right – wear compression stockings – or support hose whenever you can (except when you are sleeping or laying down), to boost circulation in your legs and specifically to help your veins not have to work so hard with transporting the blood back to your heart.  In addition, wearing support hosiery with graduated compression can help prevent or reduce any swelling, spider veins, or varicose veins in your legs.  Today’s fashionable compression and support hose are nearly indistinguishable from traditional fashion hosiery and can be worn for all occasions from a professional work place to a night on the town.

Compression stockings and socks available today are very comfortable.  After you begin wearing them, you’ll discover how much more energized and pain free your legs are.  With the side benefit of keeping your legs beautiful… how can you say no to compression stockings!

legsIf your legs do not look and/or feel as good as possible or you are not sure of what type of compression stocking is best for you, please call Coastal Vascular Center at 805-484-6900 or email and schedule your complimentary consultation


 Tracy Mandryk, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse First Assistant

Tracy has been a registered nurse since 1985. She earned her BSN degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. As an RN she specialized in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Long Beach. In 1999 she graduated from UCLA with a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing, with an added certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, with a clinical focus in Cardiology and Emergency Medicine. She also earned the title of Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) in surgery.  In addition to assisting Dr. Albaugh and Dr. Major in the operating room, Tracy is available to see patients by appointment.

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