They are unsightly and painful – they are varicose veins. These are enlarged veins that may appear ropy and often bulge on the surface of the skin. Fortunately they are not nearly as scary as they may look! Many people with varicose veins complain of mild discomfort, swelling of the legs, itching or a sense of heaviness in the legs. Generally, symptoms tend to increase after long periods of standing; however, many people with varicose veins have no symptoms.
Understanding what causes varicose veins may help you better understand how to treat them. There are valves within the veins that act as doorways assisting the blood flow from your legs back to your heart. If the valve, or doorway, doesn’t close properly, blood can accumulate in the veins leading to pressure and inflammation. Unfortunately, if you have a family history of varicose veins, you are more likely to develop them yourself.
If you have varicose veins and you experience pain or discomfort here are some quick tips to find relief:
1. Everyone can benefit from a little rest and relaxation; especially those who spend prolonged amounts of time on their feet. When possible, take a load off and sit with your feet resting on pillows, elevated above your heart. This will allow gravity to take effect and pull any blood that has pooled throughout the day back to the heart.
2. Compression Stockings. These are sold over the counter and can help provide external support to keep blood flowing throughout the day.
3. Get Physical. A reasonable goal is to aim for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. This will promote circulation and strengthen muscles in the leg.
Anti-Inflammatory Medications. You should always consult a physician before beginning any type of medicinal regimen. Discuss with your physician whether it would be appropriate for you to take anti-Inflammatory medications to help in reducing swelling and inflammation in your legs.
If your varicose veins continue to have a negative impact on your life, it may be time to seek treatment. Call (865) 588-8229 and schedule a consult today. If you want to learn more about treatment options for varicose veins, download our guide to understanding your varicose vein treatment options. In addition, Premier Vein Clinics is offering free varicose vein screenings to qualified candidates in February. Visit our website Premier Vein Clinics for Varicose Veins Treatment to request your free screening today.
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