6 Tips to Relieve the Pressure of Varicose Veins | Surgical Associates of Cleveland
What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are veins which become bumpy and enlarged. While any vein could become varicose, those in the legs and feet are most common due to the pressure of walking and standing. Current treatment methods revolve around self-care measures as well as procedures by a doctor to either close or remove varicose veins. Surgical Associates of Cleveland has tips for your self-care if you are living with varicose veins.
Spider veins are a mild variation of varicose veins and more or less a mere cosmetic problem. But in many people, varicose veins frequently cause pain and discomfort. Varicose veins may also lead to more serious health problems or signal a heightened risk of more circulatory problems in the future.
Below are some self-care measures to which may decrease the discomfort of varicose veins, as well as slow or in some cases even help prevent their development.
While it’s true that pressure on your lower extremities can increase your chances of varicose veins, exercise is a must to encourage better blood circulation and maintain a healthy weight. Walking is among the best exercises to keep the blood flowing freely in your legs.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Carrying excess pounds puts needless pressure on your veins. Losing weight will help relieve some of that pressure.
Eat a healthy diet.
Maintaining a healthy eating plan will not only help you reach a healthier weight, but it can also relieve swelling and water retention. Select a high-fiber, low-sodium diet to best benefit your vein health.
What you wear can also add undue pressure to your veins. Whenever possible,avoid high heels and any clothing that is particularly tight about your waist, legs or groin–which can block proper blood flow.
Elevate your legs.
Take time out each day to elevate your legs above your heart. You can do this by lying down on the couch with your legs propped up on a few pillows. Elevating your legs regularly will help improve your circulation.
Avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
The danger lies in decreased blood flow. Change up your position frequently to encourage better blood flow, and avoid sitting with crossed legs.
What questions do you have about varicose veins? The Surgical Associates of Cleveland are pleased to help you regain comfort and confidence through the removal of unsightly and uncomfortable varicose and spider veins. Visit our website today to learn more about our services or call our office today.