3 Easy Tricks to Help Prevent Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are those bulging, bluish cords that you can see just under the surface of the skin. Typically, they can be found on the legs and cause more than 30 million Americans to hide behind long pants each summer.
Varicose veins are the result of dysfunctional valves inside the vein that allow blood to pool and flow backwards, expanding the vein. While varicose veins are usually painless, they can be painful and, if left untreated, can progress to a disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency. While you can’t control risk factors like age and genetics, there are some things you can to help prevent varicose vein problems from developing or getting worse.
When it comes to your risk of varicose veins, gravity is not your friend. Standing or sitting for prolonged periods can make it harder for blood to travel in your legs as it fights against gravity. Maybe you notice swelling in your ankles or calves at the end of the day? Getting up and moving, even if it is a short walk around the living room, gets your blood circulating. Elevating your feet above your heart at least three times a day helps reduce the force of gravity and makes it easier for the blood to flow.
Follow a Healthy Lifestyle
While you can’t change risk factors like your age or traits passed down from mom, you can make an active choice to live a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercising helps to keep your muscles toned, your weight under control, and your blood flowing properly. Excess weight can cause pressure to build-up on the veins and restrict blood flow. Smoking, as well as alcohol use, is likely to increase your risk of developing varicose veins.
Watch What You Wear
What you wear on a regular basis can increase your risk of developing varicose veins. Instead of fancy high-heeled shoes, reach for the flats. These shows help work the calf muscles more, help increase muscle tone and are better for circulation.
Keep the clothes you wear around your waist, groin and legs as loose as possible. Tight clothes in these areas can restrict your blood flow and increase your risk or developing or worsening varicose veins.