If your medical history includes venous disease amongst your direct relatives, odds are you too will battle the dreaded varicose veins. But don’t fret just yet; there are steps you can take now, to lessen your risk of developing varicose veins later. If you suffer from tired and aching legs, this might be an early symptom of varicose veins.
Here are some tips you can easily implement to relieve symptoms of varicose veins and slow the progression:
Compression stockings. The extra support from wearing support hose can help counter the pressure on your legs from excess weight or prolonged standing.
Keep moving. Walking, jogging, gardening, swimming and more, are all activities that keep your muscles moving and blood pumping throughout your body. The benefits of regular physical activity are invaluable – don’t wait, get up and move!
Uncross those legs. Sitting with your legs crossed, even for brief periods, inhibits circulation. If you feel the need to cross your legs, try to cross them at your ankles to avoid unnecessary pressure on your legs.
Put your feet up. At the end of the day, if you are coming home with tired, aching and swollen legs put them up! Have a seat and elevate your feet above your head to encourage good blood drainage from any pooling that occurred during the day.
Reduce your stress. Carve time out of each day for yourself. Reducing your overall stress has abundant health benefits but in regards to varicose veins, keeping your blood pressure in check and avoiding stress related activities such as overeating could reduce your risk of developing venous disease.
The treatment of varicose veins is not simply a matter of vanity. The coinciding aching and exhaustion in the legs can have a negative impact on your quality of life. If your mother or father had varicose veins, you are at a significantly higher risk of developing them as well. There is little you can do to change this, but by eliminating environmental factors such as being overweight and engaging in regular physical inactivity, you can prolong onset and even lessen your risk of developing them.
If you are experiencing symptoms of early onset varicose veins, give the specialists at Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville a call. By evaluating your individual situation, including your family medical history, we can work together to lessen your risk – (865) 588-8229.
Take our online self-assessment and find out if it is time for you to discuss varicose veins with your physicians through Vein Treatment Self-test.
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