Varicose veins occur when the veins are overfilled with blood and become dilated. The condition typically appears swollen and have a bluish-purple color or red color on the surface of the skin. There are several reasons in the development of the condition varicose veins and quite a lot of risk factors like family history, obesity, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, hormonal replacement and others. Here are some of the few tips that can help prevent worsen varicose veins.
Being in a stagnant position like standing and sitting for long period of time makes the blood harder to travel up the leg veins fighting against gravity which causes an increase in blood pressure in the veins. This condition will cause the blood to pool around the feet, ankles, and calves. If your work requires you to sit at a desk, then you can perform a small exercise on the lower extremities such as peddling the feet, rotating the ankles and bending the knees like in a marching manner. Elevating the legs and feet for fifteen (15) minutes, three (3x) times a day will result in better blood circulation and minimal swelling.
Compression hosiery can also aid in keeping the valves of the vein in the right position. Stabilizing the vein valves in the correct position makes it easy for the vein to function properly and can help reduce blood pooling that leads to less swelling and pain. Night cramps might be experienced for first time user of supported compression but it will be disappeared in a few days. There are various types of compression levels like mild, moderate, firm and extra firm, so it is important to talk to the physician for the appropriate compression level suited to the damage of the vein area.
Obesity can cause high pressure inside the veins, which is considered as one of the aggravating factors of varicose veins. Having a healthy diet based complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fat can help stay away from obesity. Drinking enough water a day can help healthy blood circulation.
Exercising regularly can help prevent varicose veins, even minimal exercise like walking is beneficial. Yoga is also a good option especially the poses that bring the feet higher than the heart because it can help to have better blood circulation. Yoga can stretch and tone the deepest muscles in the calves and hamstring in an appropriate way that can help the vein valves work properly.
Sadly, pregnant women have some of the greatest risks of getting varicose veins. Like they don’t have enough to worry about, right? Here’s a tip you can use to start your mornings right. It is suggested that you sleep on your side, more beneficial on the left side, for pregnant women to help prevent varicose veins from forming and to also ease symptoms of existing conditions because it helps increase blood circulation and nutrients, and reduces pressure on the veins in the pelvic region caused by the expanding uterus.
Look, we can’t do much about our age, gender and family history, but we can maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise and keep our blood pressure healthy. It all starts with understanding your body.