Varicose veins are, at best, unsightly, and at worst, can contribute to much more serious issues with your veins. Therefore, it is crucial that you understand them and what you can do to prevent them. In our previous blog, we went over some factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins to give you a greater understanding of this vein problem. In these blog, we will go over some tips on what you can do in your daily life to prevent varicose veins.
Keep the blood flowing
The key to preventing varicose veins is to keep your blood circulating in your legs. One way you can do this is by flexing your calf muscles when you’re standing still. Your calf muscles essentially work as the “heart” of your leg veins. When you contract your calf muscle, you can move one cup of blood out of the legs and to your heart. Do not simply shake your leg; rather, actively contact your calf muscle. You can accomplish this by pointing and flexing your foot, standing up on your tippy toes, or squeezing your feet together.
Wear loose clothing
When you wear binding clothing such as knee-high nylons or socks, it can restrict the movement of the blood up the leg. To cope with this, the veins will expand and the vein valves will become damaged, leading to the pooling of blood and the development of varicose veins. Refrain from wearing binding clothing on a day-to-day basis to prevent the formation of varicose veins.
Being overweight may contribute to the development of varicose veins. If you are overweight, consider losing weight to reduce your chances of developing varicose veins. You can lose weight by restricting your calorie intake and increasing the amount you exercise. Consult with your doctor for more specific weight loss tips.
Don’t wear high heels every day
High heels are harmful to your veins because they prevent your calf muscle from properly pumping the blood in your legs. It is crucial that your calf muscle contract because, as stated above, it functions as the “heart” of the leg veins. Heels that are higher than an inch and a half prevent this from happening, causing blood to pool in your veins.
It’s beneficial to tone your calf muscles because they are then better able to pump blood out of your legs. The better you can move blood from your legs to your heart, the less chance of damage to your vein valves from the weight of the blood. However, strenuous exercise can also be damaging to your veins because it can cause pressure in your abdomen. If you are lifting heavy weights, be extra cautious to breathe out entirely, because the increase in abdominal pressure can cause your veins to expand.
Wear compression stockings
If you are at risk of developing varicose veins, wearing compression stockings may help prevent them. Graduated compression stockings offer a gentle pressure from the foot up the leg to decrease the expansion of vein walls. It offers the greatest pressure at the ankle, and then gradually lessens up to the knee. These compression stockings aren’t like the ones your grandmother wore; you can get them in a variety of cool colorings and patterns now.
At Center for Advanced Vein Care, we understand that varicose veins can have an impact on your quality of life. If you are concerned about your veins, contact us. Our vein care center can consult you on a variety of vein-related issues, including varicose veins. Make an appointment with our vein doctor today to discuss your concerns.