Keep your weight under control. Being overweight can put added pressure on your veins, impeding blood flow and aggravating varicose veins.
Elevate your legs when lying down. Raising your legs above the level of your heart helps improve blood flow. Just ten minutes at a time will help. Try lying on your back on a bed with your feet propped on pillows.
Nobody wants them, but a lot of us have them. In fact, more people are living with varicose veins than you may even imagine. That’s because aging happens to be one of the top causes of the condition.
Think about it… the veins in our legs are constantly working against gravity to keep blood moving uphill and back to our heart. It shouldn’t be surprising that they are affected by the passing of time and the wear and tear of living.
The good news is varicose veins usually are not dangerous. Although they may be unpleasing cosmetically and may cause some discomfort and pain, varicose veins rarely lead to more serious health problems. However, it is very important to see your doctor immediately if you experience worsening pain, swelling or changes in your skin.
There are medical treatments available for varicose veins. And the latest techniques are far easier and safer than the procedures used in our parents’ generations. If you would like to know more about treatment options, check with your doctor about your specific situation.
Some people find the following tips helpful in reducing the discomfort, improving the look and slowing the progression of varicose veins.
Stay active. Moving helps keep your leg muscles strong and improves circulation. Try to fit in some form of exercise that your physical condition and health allow, whether it is swimming, biking, dancing, or taking a walk. Your doctor can help you identify the healthiest ways for you to stay active.
When seated, uncross your legs and prop your feet. Many of us cross our legs out of habit, but sitting with your legs crossed for too long can slow blood flow in your legs. Instead, place your feet on a footrest or ottoman. If you can't prop your feet, keep them flat on the floor or crossed at the ankles.
Wearing compression stockings/socks can help improve blood circulation in your legs. To work effectively, compression stockings/socks must fit properly. Your doctor and pharmacist can help you find the right size.
Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods. The blood in your legs can not flow as well when you remain in the same position for a long time. Make sure to get up and move around at least every 20 – 30 minutes.