10 Ways to Ease Your Venous Disease Symptoms
Venous disease affects millions of people. It occurs when valves in the veins of the legs are unable to efficiently propel blood back to the heart. It is chronic and progressive, and it can cause pain, swelling, and varicose veins. Left untreated, it can lead to serious medical complications.
If you are experiencing signs of venous disease, there are steps you can take to alleviate your discomfort and help prevent the progression of symptoms.
Elevate your legs above your heart – for as long as 30 minutes or as briefly as three minutes – as often as possible. The best time is after you have been standing or after a hot shower.
Avoid tight-fitting clothes around your legs and waist. It will help by not impeding circulation in your lower body.
High-heeled shoes shorten the muscles in the back of your leg and prevent deep veins from operating at their full capacity.
Focus on good posture and avoid crossing your legs or sitting in ways that can compress veins for prolonged periods.
Walking causes the rhythmic contraction of calf muscles and helps promote blood flow to the heart. Walk at least 30 minutes every day – all at once, or in shorter increments.
Take frequent walking breaks to avoid sitting or standing for periods of more than two hours.
Wearing compression stockings purchased from your pharmacy will help promote the flow of blood when you are flying, on your feet for long periods, or carrying heavy loads.
Women with a family history of vein disorders, or those who have relatives with varicose veins, should wear compression stockings during menarche and menopause, and during pregnancy – most importantly, during the first trimester.
Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke constricts veins and affects overall circulation.
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How Can I Prevent Varicose Veins?
- Exercise regularly! Staying fit is the best way to keep your leg muscles toned, your blood flowing, and your weight under control.
- If you are overweight or obese, lose weight. Weight control prevents excess pressure build-up on veins of the legs and feet.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing which can constrict blood flow in the waist, groin, or legs.
- Avoid wearing high heel shoes for prolonged periods of time. Flat or low heel shoes are better for circulation as they improve calf muscle tone.
- Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time to encourage blood flow. If your daily routine requires you to be on your feet constantly, consider wearing daily support hose. Stretch and exercise your legs as often as possible to increase circulation and reduce pressure buildup.
- If you smoke, quit. Studies show that smoking may contribute to the development of varicose veins.
- If you’re pregnant, be sure to sleep on the left side rather than on your back to minimize pressure from the uterus on the veins in your pelvic area. This position will also improve blood flow to the fetus. If you are prone to developing varicose veins, ask your doctor for a prescription for compression stockings.