You may or may not know you have varicose veins. They show up at the back of the legs as small protruding lumps. They usually ache if you stand for long periods of time and sometimes they can hurt quite a lot. So, what can you do to help the pain that does not involved sclerotherapy or removal? Here are a few tips.
Keep An Eye On Your Weight
Varicose veins can be associated with weight gain, although this is not always the case. They do predominantly affect pregnant women, but they can also affect someone who is thin as well, so don’t just think you are fine if you are as thin as a rake. You may still be at risk. However, it is definitely beneficial to keep your weight down anyway, not only to prevent developing varicose veins, but to keep healthy overall.
There is a school of thought that says exercise exacerbates varicose veins. It is true exercise will increase blood flow naturally, and if you have them then you may feel a little aching afterwards. However, regular exercise will naturally reduce your overall blood pressure, which will reduce pressure on the valves in the veins. Exercise will also help you feel better.
Wear Flat Shoes
Many women wear heels, and this can add to the propensity of varicose veins as your circulation is affected by the position of the foot. Wear flatter shoes.
I’m Fine I’m A Man
This is a real myth because men can get varicose veins too! In fact, it is estimated that as much as 50% of the adult male population have developed or are likely to develop varicose veins.
Raise Your Legs
When relaxing try to raise your legs so they are above your heart. Obviously don’t spend all evening and night like this, but regularly raising your lower legs can significantly reduce varicose veins. Some people do sleep with the end of their beds slightly raised and you can do this just by adding cushions under the mattress end.
Compressions Stockings Do Help
They may look unsightly, but research shows that compressions stockings do help varicose vein sufferers.
Keep Your Clothes Loose
You don’t need to wander around in a kaftan all the time, but avoid wearing tight jeans, trousers or leggings, or any material that restricts or interferes with your circulation.
Cold Shower Anyone?
Heat is known to make varicose veins feel worse but taking a cold shower can quickly remove any swelling or pain.
Cider Vinegar Compress
The virtues of cider vinegar cover many encyclopedias, but one use is as a compress for your varicose veins. You should leave it in place for around 30 minutes for the best effect.
If you are really plagued by varicose veins and can’t get any relief, then you could consider EVLT Laser therapy. This is a wonderfully quick and painless way to get them removed without scar tissue. The team at Robert Fischer have helped hundreds of people, let us help you.
This article was not written by Dr. Robert S. Fischer M.D and may not represent his views. To talk to Dr. Robert S. Fischer M.D. please contact the office directly.