Whether you want to lower your chances of developing varicose veins or you want to keep existing varicose veins from getting worse, there are some amazing at-home lifestyle changes that can help. We call these our Better Veins for Life® principles. They are a list of easy-to-implement guidelines for ensuring healthier and more beautiful legs. Learn how to stop varicose veins from forming or getting worse with these useful tips.
How to Stop Varicose Veins with our Better Veins for Life® Principles
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While varicose veins are largely caused by heredity and hormones, there are lifestyle habits that can increase your chances of developing varicose veins. Of course, this also means that there are lifestyle habits that can decrease your chances of developing varicose veins. These healthy habits include:
- healthy weight management
- smart, comfortable footwear
- leg elevation
- graduated compression
In this article, we’ll break down each of these principles to help you prevent and control varicose veins.
How to Stop Varicose Veins with Healthy Weight Management
The more weight we carry around, the more strain we put on our legs. But it’s not just muscles and joints that are affected; our veins are also impacted by additional weight. Being overweight increases the likelihood of developing varicose veins and worsening varicose veins.
You are probably wondering the cause and effect of weight gain and vein disease. The veins carry the blood back up towards the heart, as the blood is pumped primarily by the muscle contractions we we walk. As we gain weight the fat applies pressure to the leg veins increasing the work needed to pump the venous blood back up the legs. This pooling of blood can lead to varicose veins, spider veins and legs swelling.
If you’re overweight, and especially if you have a family history of venous disease, it’s time to discuss a healthy weight loss plan with your doctor. If you’ve already developed varicose veins, losing weight can help prevent them from getting worse.
How to Stop Varicose Veins with Smart, Comfortable Footwear
Those high heels are undeniably fashionable, but they’re wreacking havoc on your circulation. Slim fit jeans that cut into your skin and leave behind marks when you take them off also aren’t doing your health any favors.
Save the heels for special occasions, or limit them to just once per week. There is a wide selection of fashionable flats that look very professional and cute with the right outfit. Ballet flats are very popular right now, so take advantage of the trend for the sake of your health. As for the slim fit pants, find a pair that doesn’t pinch.
How to Stop Varicose Veins with Leg Elevation
It’s obvious when you think about it: elevate your legs to help the blood flow move back up toward the heart. This keeps the blood from pooling in the leg veins, causing varices. Of course, the veins have a valve and pump system that helps pull the blood back up, but these mechanisms can malfunction or even fail. This risk is increased by a sedentary lifestyle, long-term bed rest, pregnancy, weight gain, or simply because you inherited it from your parents.
Make leg elevation a daily practice by lying down on your back and elevating your feet above your heart. You can do this on a couch with a stack of pillows, or you can lie on the floor and extend your legs up the wall. Make it a point to do this when checking your social media accounts, texting friends to make plans, or catching up on emails at the end of the day.
How to Stop Varicose Veins with Exercise
You’re probably tired of hearing doctors telling you to exercise more, but we have good reasons. The human body is built to move and move a lot. Advances in technology and easy accessibility of life’s necessities make it simple for us to sit back and relax a little more than we should.
That being said, if you’re in front of a computer all day or standing still on a hard surface for work, it can be difficult to schedule in any kind of exercise routine. We recommend setting a timer to remind you to stretch a few times per day. Flex your calf muscles or go for a short walk. Take one-on-one meetings or calls on a walk, if possible, to get in some additional steps and get that blood flowing.
How to Stop Varicose Veins with Graduated Compression
Graduated compression is a circulation miracle, and they’re more fashionable than ever! Socks, stockings, sleeves, and even leggings add the right amount of compression to the legs and feet, improving circulation and leg comfort. You can wear them during your work day, while flying, and even during exercise.
You don’t have to have a problem with varicose veins or circulation to use compression garments, either. These are a great way for anyone to prevent circulation problems, varicose veins, and even blood clots. This is especially important if you’re a frequent flyer, spend most of your time sitting down in front of a computer, or if you’re pregnant.
Learn How to Stop Varicose Veins at our Education & Evaluation Events
Patient education is a passion of ours here at Vein Specialists of the South. We want to help you make healthier choices. Whether you have bulging varicose veins or you just have some leg aches you can’t explain, we’re here to help you with home care advice and guidance and, if necessary, professional treatments.
Our Vein Education and Evaluation events are designed to:
- educate on the causes, symptoms, and treatments for venous disease
- evaluate your lifestyle, symptoms, and legs for prevention and treatment.
Additionally, we offer multiple convenient ways to get started on a path toward health and wellness:
- Virtual Vein Specialists: Our specialty website VirtualVein.com allows you to have a venous evaluation from the comfort of your own home.
- In-Office Evaluations & Treatments: We’re conveniently located in Downtown Macon and Warner Robins, GA.
- Walk-In, Walk-Out Treatments: Our Downtown Macon and Warner Robins offices provide non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures that help you treat varicose veins and get back to living life quickly.
Contact us today to get started. You can schedule an appointment in Macon or Warner Robins, get more information, or to RSVP for our next free event. We hold events in our conveniently located Downtown Macon practice.