Can Varicose or Spider Veins Be Prevented By Vein Specialties in St Louis?
There is no way to completely prevent spider veins and varicose veins. However, these measures may decrease the severity of symptoms of existing varicose veins and/or prevent new veins from forming:
Exercise – Try taking periodic walks, or other similar aerobic exercises. This activates the calf muscles which will ‘pump’ venous blood out of the legs. Ultimately, this reduces vein pooling and pressure which is critical to varicose vein prevention. Additionally, maintaining good general muscle tone improves your overall circulation.
Weight Control – Try maintaining close to ideal weight with diet or other measures. This will reduce blood pressure and stress on your veins.
Watch What You Wear – Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing that can cause vessel constriction or injury. Wearing flat or low heels requires greater activation of calf muscles during walking and thereby improves leg circulation.
Leg Elevation – Try raising your legs while resting (especially above your heart level). This will assist blood flow in the veins, causing less pooling and better drainage in the leg veins.
Avoid Long Periods of Sitting or Standing – If you must sit or stand for extended periods, try taking periodic walks or flex your ankles up and down. Moreover, avoid crossing your legs when sitting to aid in varicose vein prevention and good blood flow.
Wear Compression Stockings – Graduated compression stockings can assist your venous circulation. On top of that, they can also help prevent conditions like deep vein thrombosis. In addition, consider wearing them when taking a long airplane or car rides.
Medical Compression Stockings
In short, predisposition to varicose veins depends on heredity and can’t really be prevented. But, for those with a genetic tendency, the chronic dilation may benefit through the use of medical compression stockings. Certainly, this will help vein walls keep their shape and prevent stretch. Additionally, the best are obtained with a prescription and fit by a doctor. It’s important that their compression is graduated. It should have a strong compression at the ankle that lessens up the length of the stocking. In conclusion, this helps blood in being pushed upwards through the vein.
Other measures that may help are being vigilant about pressure on vein valves. Avoid standing for long periods, sitting so that there’s no pressure on the backs of thighs, and walk frequently. This will all assist healthy vein function.
How Do Compression Stockings Help?
These stockings, when properly fitted, push vein walls. This helps the veins not distend. It also allows them to push blood upwards against gravity without it pooling or flowing backwards. This helps the symptoms of vein problems and may help prevent clots from forming.
It’s important in treating vein disease to reduce swelling. Ankles are the site of some of the most apparent swelling. Stockings should provide support here. Medical compression is important. Furthermore, off-the-shelf stockings may not offer the necessary graduated support that will medically benefit veins.
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