The muscles in your feet and legs power the return of blood through your legs and back up to your heart. Valves help keep blood flowing in the right direction; therefore, when a valve gives way due to weakened veins, problems may arise. A leaky valve can allow blood to pool, in turn, leading veins to stretch and eventually protrude. This is commonly referred to as varicose veins. Here are 5 crucial tactics to promote healthy veins and prevent varicose veins:
- Avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Sitting or standing for extended periods can cause undue pressure and pooling of blood in the legs. Over time, this can weaken the vein walls. If sitting or standing for long periods of time is unavoidable, try to shift positions frequently and take a short walk every 30 minutes.
- Put your feet up. At the end of the day, sit with your feet and legs propped above your head for 10 to 15 minutes to mitigate any pooling of blood in the legs.
- Sit with good posture. Proper posture while seated promotes good circulation. Avoid crossing your legs, which can restrict circulation and sit with your feet flat on the floor and back flush with the back of the chair.
- Exercise. Regular physical activity can help to control weight and maintain muscle in the legs. Low impact exercise such as swimming and biking promote overall circulatory health and proper blood flow, important for healthy veins.
- Choose your wardrobe wisely. It is a good choice to opt for flats over heels allowing your calf muscle to flex and contract naturally during normal daily use. Ensure you are wearing the proper size and shoe fit to further reduce the symptoms of varicose veins. In addition, to improve circulation, avoiding tight fitting clothes around the legs and waist.
There is no one simple act causing you to have varicose veins. Be mindful of your risk factors including your medical history and personal medical condition. Practice the tactics listed above to reduce your likelihood of developing venous disease. If you are already experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, give Premier Vein Clinics a call and schedule a consult (865) 588-8229.
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