Over 80 million Americans suffer from vein problems which include spider veins, varicose veins, venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers. Although women are affected the most, about 46% of men also experience vein problems. What many people don’t realize is that vein disease does not fade away on its own. Instead, the disease tends to get worse over time. This is an ailment that affects many people but seems to be more common with people who are working in jobs where they are standing all day such as waitresses, factory workers, and hairdressers. The good news is that there are treatment options available that can cure this condition; with little to no discomfort on your part.
But you can do things to help painful varicose veins from forming to begin with. If you take simple preventative measures you won’t have to worry about getting varicose veins or at least you will greatly lower your chances of developing them. The steps are very simple in that you basically have to make sure that you have movement of your legs and feet through out the day. This will help to pump the blood through your leg veins and back up up to your heart. You don’t want to sit for too long without movement, as this causes blood to pool in your feet, which can then lead to other problems such as swollen legs and feet.
- Exercise but avoid any heavy lifting, as this could cause extra pressure on your veins. When choosing a form of exercise, try choosing a more moderate form such as swimming or going for walks. Give your body a chance to adjust by introducing exercise in a small amount and adding to it as you get more used to exercising.
- If you sit down a lot make sure that you have your legs elevated on a foot stool or couch.
- When you go to sleep, put a pillow under your feet so they are elevated, helping the blood flow more easily to your heart as you sleep.
- Do not wear high heels if you already have varicose veins as this will just make them worse. You should also try compression stockings to help keep the varicose veins from getting worse.
- Eat a healthy diet to help keep your weight at a healthy level because extra weight causes extra pressure on your veins as well.
Basically eat right and keep your body moving, especially your legs and feet, to help your veins pump the blood back to your heart. Keeping up a healthy routine will increase your chances of not developing varicose veins. If you already have varicose veins, these tips will help alleviate the symptoms associated with them. Nothing can replace treatment though and there are many treatment options available for painful varicose veins.