More than one million steps to raise awareness of condition

As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week, patients, carers and friends took part in a 'one million steps' challenge equivalent to a 500 mile walk as walking is one way to alleviate the condition
As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week, patients, carers and friends took part in a 'one million steps' challenge equivalent to a 500 mile walk as walking is one way to alleviate the condition

Scores of people put their best foot forward to walk more than one million steps to raise awareness of a little known medical condition.

Patients, carers and friends from across West Suffolk managed 1,611,997 steps, which were recorded on pedometers, for Lymphoedema Awareness Week.

Walking is a way of alleviating the long-term condition which causes swelling and loss of mobility in limbs.

Partners in Practice, which organised the step challenge, provides a lymphoedema service for the area – available through GP referral and provided at health centres in the area. The programme starts with specialist bandaging and massage before patients are fitted with tailored compression garments.