It’s not uncommon to see older people, specifically women, with varicose veins. After all, age is considered as one of the risk factors in the development of these enlarged veins.
Varicose Veins and Aging
Generally, we are less physically active as we age. This lack of physical activity can put a strain on our venous system. On top of that, a sedentary lifestyle predisposes us to weight gain, which further stresses the veins.
Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
The most common sign of varicose veins is the appearance of the blue, bulging veins. There can also be swelling around the ankles and lower legs, aching and feeling of heaviness in the legs, itchiness, and feeling of warmth around the varicose veins.
How to Prevent Varicose Veins
Keeping a healthy weight is one of the best things we can do to keep our veins healthy. Eating right and maintaining regular physical activity are some of the things we can do to maintain a healthy weight.
When it comes to physical activity, water exercises like swimming are great for supporting the veins. Since water provides an anti-gravity environment, water-based activities are also great options for those with joint problems like arthritis.
Aside from keeping a healthy weight, wearing compression garments, especially if you’re standing for prolonged periods of time or when traveling can also help.
Prevention may always be better than the cure but if you’re starting to notice the signs and symptoms of varicose veins, it may be time to seek help from the professional. At Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville, we offer free vein screening to determine the condition of your veins.
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For a limited time, we’re offering free vein screenings! Request your free screening online, or call our office at (865) 588-8229.