Whether you are in a high-risk group for developing vein disease or just want to keep your veins healthy, it is a good idea to take measures to prevent or slow the progression of vein disease. There are several things you can do to help prevent the occurrence of vein disease, including varicose veins.
Get Some Exercise
Getting into a regular exercise routine will increase the circulation in your legs. Think of it as walking or running away from vein disease.
Keep a Healthy Weight
If you are carrying around extra pounds, this means that there is increased pressure being applied to your veins, so it’s important to get down to a healthy weight and stay there. A low sodium, high fiber diet will help you lose weight, and will also reduce the swelling from water retention or constipation.
Wear Comfortable Clothing/Shoes
Avoid wearing high heels. Low heels and flats are friendlier to the veins, as they actually work the calf muscles, and of course, they are more comfortable. Wear loose-fitting clothing as well; some tight clothing can prohibit a good circulation flow.
Pamper Yourself – Especially Your Legs
Elevate those legs when possible. Try to raise those legs above your heart several times a day, as this will improve blood circulation. Avoid long periods of standing or sitting, and don’t sit with your legs crossed. Try to change your position often to help with blood flow—make an effort to move around every half hour.
Compression Garments are Your Friend
Compression stockings are often considered the first line of defense in both preventing and treating varicose veins. When compression socks and stockings are worn during the day, they will help leg muscles and veins to move the blood efficiently through the application of steady pressure.
While these are great ways to prevent and manage varicose and other vein issues, you may have more questions or concerns about vein disease. You may also be experiencing early symptoms such as swelling, burning, or heaviness.
Let St. Louis Laser Vein Center Help with Vein Disease
At the St. Louis Laser Vein Center, Dr. Thomas Wright and his team are experienced and knowledgeable vein experts. We invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss your individual case. We will work with you to help you prevent and/or treat any potential vein disease. We want to keep you and your veins healthy!