Varicose veins are much more than a cosmetic concern—they’re a symptom of poor circulation in your legs. Varicose veins are formed when the walls that prevent blood from flowing backwards fail, allowing back-flow and pooling. This in turn causes the veins to bulge and become visible through the skin. Varicose veins have a hereditary component, so it’s impossible to completely remove the risk of developing them; still, you can make smart choices to lower that risk. Here are a few ways to boost your venous health:
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight places an additional strain on your veins that can cause them to weaken. When veins are weak, varicose veins become a major risk. If you’re struggling with your weight, talk to your doctor about starting a diet program like the one we offer through our New Start Wellness and Weight Loss Center. Our nutritional experts can help you get started with an easy to follow program that will help you achieve a healthier weight and take stress off your veins.
Change Positions Frequently
Sitting or standing in one position for too long is a bad idea for your leg veins. When you don’t move around, your circulation can slow and blood can pool in your veins. If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing, it’s important to move around and change positions frequently. That means sitting down if you’re on your feet and getting up and walking around if you’re sitting all day. These position changes will help reduce your odds of developing varicose veins and control the symptoms of existing varicose veins.
Wear Compression Stockings
Compression stockings help improve vein circulation by applying constant pressure. They come in a variety of compression levels, from over-the-counter compression socks and stockings that offer mild compression, to prescription stockings that provide strong compression. Wearing these can control swelling and ease the pain of varicose veins.
At Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, we can help treat your existing varicose veins and teach you strategies for preventing new ones. We offer sclerotherapy, laser treatments, and much more. Make your appointment by calling (407) 293-5944.