Here are some of our top tips in reducing varicose veins.
1. Avoid activities where you stand in one place for long periods of time. If you are unable to move about, exercise in place by contracting your calf muscles several times an hour. This exercise empties the veins of the legs preventing overdistention of the veins.
2. Exercise frequently. Exercise can reduce stress on the veins of the legs and is beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
3. Wear good quality graduated compression hose if you have vein problems such as varicose veins. Wearing compression hose on long air flights will reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
4. Elevate your legs whenever convenient. This helps to empty the veins of blood thus reducing the pressure in the veins.
5. Keep your body weight in the normal range. Obesity increases the venous pressure in the legs and caused added stress on the cardiovascular system.
6. If you are pregnant, be keenly aware of the increased risk of developing vein problems that accompany pregnancy. These risks include the development of varicose veins and the occurrence of clots in leg veins in both the superficial and deep veins.
7. Eat a healthy, high fiber diet. Avoid constipation, which leads to staining and increasing intra-abdominal pressure, which in turn is transmitted to the veins of the leg.
8. Avoid tight-fitting clothing or undergarments – like girdles, stockings, and socks – that restrict blood flow at the waist, groin and legs.
9. Rest your legs on pillows while sleeping – Try to raise legs above the level of the heart whenever possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Milligan Vein Clinic. We are happy to help.