Don’t suffer varicose veins
Varicose veins can be an uncomfortable and unsightly condition. Surgery is often used to get rid of them, either because they are painful or for cosmetic reasons.
Varicose veins are normally hereditary, so you are likely to be predisposed to getting them if other members of your family have them. Whether you do will depend largely on lifestyle factors.
Varicose veins occur only in the legs. It is a condition that develops when poor circulation fails to adequately push blood back up to the heart from the feet. Instead of flowing upward, the blood and fluid accumulate in the vein, causing the classic swelling and appearance that you see. The discomfort caused by varicose veins bears no relation to the size of the swelling. Small varicose veins can be very painful, while larger ones might not be.
Get it moving
Because varicose veins are due to poor circulation, the ways to reduce your risk of getting them include methods that will improve your circulation:
• Exercise more. Thirty minutes a day of exercise that gets you out of breath is the recommended level to keep your circulation healthy. However, if you haven’t exercised for a long time, or if you have certain medical conditions, prepare an exercise plan with your doctor, so that it’s suitable for your health.
• Elevate your feet when you can. This will help the blood flow back to the heart from the feet, and improves circulation. If you’re on your feet a lot during the day, this is especially important. Use pillows to keep your feet raised while you’re resting.
• Use ice packs to reduce any swelling you already have. Reducing swelling in your legs will help your circulation by reducing the space that the blood can accumulate instead of moving.
• Compression stockings. These are used in hospitals, they are advised on long haul flights, and they are readily available to buy. By compressing the legs, again they aid the flow of blood through the veins and reduce the development of varicose veins.
• Reduce your weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing varicose veins, but losing weight isn’t easy. Look for help to lose weight – don’t just rely on good intentions.
• Quit smoking. – cigarettes reduce your circulation.
If you already have varicose veins, there is little you can do without surgery to actually get rid of them. However, you can take steps to prevent them developing if you spot the early signs. The main early signs are restless legs when you’re resting, or the appearance of thread veins in your legs.