If you suffer from the painful symptoms of varicose veins there are steps you can take to be more comfortable until treatment is deemed necessary. A good regimen of home self-care is a quick way to reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling in the legs. The added benefit of taking these measures is they can also prevent or slow the development of further varicose veins. Here are some tips for caring for your varicose veins at home:
- Physical activity is the best way to promote blood circulation throughout the body, especially the legs. Your doctor can help recommend an appropriate activity for you. Building muscle strength within the legs can also help to strengthen vein walls and keep blood flowing in the right direction.
- Watch your weight. Excess pounds can cause pressure on the veins leading to the weakening of vein walls and valves. Shedding even a few pounds reduces pressure and lessens your risk of the onset of varicose veins.
- Reduce salt intake. As you well know, a diet high in salt can cause the retention of water, leading to swelling and added pressure to the vein. Over time, this too can weaken the veins creating the opportunity for the pooling of blood.
- Do not sit or stand for extended periods of time. Some occupations require prolonged standing or sitting. In those cases try to change your position frequently and take a break every 30 minutes to walk around if you have been seated or sit if you have been standing.
- Put your feet up. Especially if you experience long periods of standing or sitting, take breaks to elevate your legs and feet above your heart. This allows gravity to take effect and reduce any pooling of blood that took place during the day.
- Practice good posture. If you cross your legs when seated, cross them at the ankles. Crossing your legs at the knees can hinder circulation. In addition, standing with good posture can also help keep everything aligned and promote proper blood flow.
No matter the occupation, you have an important job to do and cannot afford to have leg pain hold you back. Proper home care can reduce your risk for varicose veins and lessen the risk of the development of further symptoms.
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