Preventing Varicose Veins Properly
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Fitness
While most varicose veins do not have any symptoms, some affected with
them usually experience pain. Other symptoms include itching around one
or more affected veins. There is also that achy or heavy feeling in the
legs, burning and throbbing in the legs, muscle cramping, and swelling
of the lower legs. The most severe cases usually develop skin ulcers
near the ankle.
There are several factors that contribute to the development of
varicose veins. Women, for example, are more likely to experience
varicose veins than men. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy,
pre-menstruation, or menopause, are some of the possible causes. Genes
could hand down varicose veins too. Aging also contributes to the wear
and tear of the veins, causing the valves within those veins to
malfunction. Moreover, excessive weight as well as standing and sitting
for long periods of time could give one varicose veins too.
Usually, self-help measures are effective in easing the pain in
varicose veins and may prevent the condition from worsening. Listed
below are a few of them.
Wearing Compression Stockings
Self-care measures start by wearing compression stockings. When
worn all day, compression stockings squeeze the legs and help the veins
and leg muscles to move blood. The amount of compression usually varies
b type and brand. Fortunately, there are many types and brands of
stockings to choose from. Patients can now choose the most comfortable
ones. Before buying compression stockings, keep in mind that they
should fit properly. Determining the right fit is easy. Using a tape
measure, you or a companion can measure your legs to get the right size
Of course, there are also traditional common-sense approaches to
preventing varicose veins. One is regular exercise. Exercise, such as
walking, promotes proper blood circulation. Thus, walking regularly
improves blood flow and prevents overtaxing of the veins.
Because excessive weight puts unnecessary pressure on the veins,
losing weight may also help prevent varicose veins. A low-salt, high
fiber diet prevents swelling of the veins resulting from water
retention and constipation.
You may also consider switching your high heels for low-heeled
shoes. Low-heeled shoes work calf muscles, which in turn is good for
the veins because blood circulation is improved. Tight clothing and
undergarments are not advisable because they impede blood circulation.
Elevate Your Legs
Elevating your legs daily above the level of the heart improves
venous circulation. Do this by lying down with your legs resting on
three or four pillows.
Proper Postures for Good Circulation
Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Change
positions frequently to encourage good circulation. Change your
position at least every 30 minutes. When sitting down, avoid crossing
your legs. The position only worsens circulation problems.
Pretty much of the measures to prevent varicose veins are easy to
perform and are common activities done daily. Practicing these good
habits not only help prevent varicose veins, they contribute to your
general well being as well. So put on your low-heeled shoes and start