You can develop varicose veins for several reasons. Some risk factors include family history, age, pregnancy, hormonal replacement, obesity or contraception therapy, prolonged standing or sitting and others. While there is no way you can stop the formation of these veins, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of their development.
Avoid Sitting or Standing for Long Durations
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major causes of varicose veins. Standing and sitting for extended periods can contribute to the development of the veins. This is because standing or sitting in one position continuously for an extended time makes it difficult for your blood to travel to veins in your leg. This increases the pressure in your veins and causes the blood to collect around your feet, ankles, and calves, making them swollen and achy.
To improve your blood circulation and reduce the venous pressure, it is important to move around. Make sure you elevate your legs for 10 to 15 minutes a minimum of three times a day. Raising your feet above the heart breaks the circle of gravity. This will lead to better circulation of blood and reduce swelling in your ankles.
Compression stockings and socks can improve blood circulation. These special socks keep the valves of the veins in the right position, reducing the pain and swelling caused by varicose veins.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
You cannot stop the formation of varicose veins, but to prevent further damage to your veins, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is one of the aggravating factors because it builds higher pressure inside your veins. Make sure you eat a healthy diet. Avoid high-salt foods and drink sufficient water throughout the day.
Exercise is essential for your venous health. The most helpful exercise to prevent varicose veins is walking. You can keep your veins healthy by taking a 20- to 30-minute walk or opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Moderate and regular physical activity prevents weight gain and may lead to weight loss. Maintaining a healthy weight will be very helpful in preventing varicose veins.
All of the above steps can help you in pain management and lower your chances of developing new varicose veins. However, they cannot get rid of the veins that have already formed. Consult our team at Elite Vein & Hair Restoration in Canton and Dearborn to learn about your treatment options. Contact us today to book your appointment!