The appearance of swollen and prominent veins in your feet and legs is called varicose veins. These spiraling lines do not threaten your health, but they can cause bothersome symptoms like swelling, pain, and skin discoloration. Severe varicose veins require medical treatment, but mild to moderate varicose veins Weston often improve with the following simple remedies.
Your leg muscles are your biggest allies since they help your leg veins push blood to the heart against the gravitational force. Like any other muscles in your body, exercising your leg muscles makes them stronger and improves their function. Conversely, without physical activity, your muscles may not have adequate strength to contract and facilitate blood flow to the heart. Any physical exercise that works the muscles in your legs can help prevent the formation of varicose veins and the worsening of existing ones. Try simple activities like walking, cycling, jogging, and swimming.
You can alleviate varicose veins symptoms by raising your feet above heart level several times daily. Doing this allows blood to move to your heart instead of building up in the veins. You can elevate your legs by lying down, putting some pillows below your feet, or placing your legs on an ottoman. For mild to moderate varicose veins, leg elevation will help reduce swelling.
Obesity or being overweight is among the significant factors that increase your risk of varicose veins. When you are overweight, your body exerts added pressure on your leg veins; this may eventually damage or weaken the valves, causing varicose veins. But when you lose weight, you relieve the stress of the veins, which help the veins move blood to the heart. Weight loss may also help prevent the formation of new varicose veins and the onset of serious health problems like sleep apnea, diabetes, and hypertension.
Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly are the typical weight loss methods, but they may not work for everyone. If you can’t lose significant weight with these methods, discuss with your doctor about bariatric surgery.
Avoid standing or sitting for long hours.
Staying in one position for a long time prevents proper blood circulation and worsens symptoms like swelling. Therefore, if you need to sit for long hours, take small breaks every 30 minutes to walk around and stretch. Walking allows your leg muscles to contract and move blood back to the heart. You can practice this at home or your workplace to improve blood circulation in your legs and relieve swelling.
Compression stockings are designed to steadily squeeze your legs to improve blood circulation and relieve the pain, swelling, and discomfort associated with varicose veins. You can find compression stockings at your local drugstore, or your doctor may prescribe them for you. Prescribed compression stockings offer the most pressure and are best for individuals with moderate to severe varicose veins. They are tightest at the ankle, but the compression decreases as they go up your leg. For the best results, healthcare providers recommend wearing compression stockings most of the day.
If home remedies don’t alleviate your varicose veins symptoms, visit your doctor at Soffer Health Institute for treatment.