You may have heard or read this before, but varicose and spider veins aren’t signs of aging. Sure, it’s more common among the aging population, BUT the biggest culprit of these enlarged veins is pressure on your legs.
There are several things that can contribute to that. It can be your activity (prolonged sitting or standing), obesity, pregnancy, and even the type of shoes you’re wearing. Your shoes could have an impact on your likelihood of developing varicose veins.
How your shoes can affect your vein health
The shoes you wear affect how well your body can pump blood from the lower extremities back to your heart. High-heeled shoes are the worst as they can impede the pumping action of your leg muscles and consequently, raise the venous pressure in the lower legs.
It’s not just about the height of the shoes that matter; fitting matters as well. Ill-fitting, too-tight shoes can pose a number of foot issues that can reduce the efficiency of the leg muscles to pump blood.
Choosing the right pair
Whether you’re trying to reduce your risk or keep your varicose veins from getting worse, a pair of low or no-heeled shoes are best for you!
With low heel shoes, your calf muscles can work more efficiently, which in turn can promote better blood flow in your lower extremities.
It’s also important to choose shoes that provide good support for your feet. Low heel shoes that don’t provide good support can be remedied by fitting them with orthotic soles.
Your choice of shoes can matter when it comes to vein health. However, you should also know that wearing the right pair won’t make your existing varicose veins go away. The only way to get rid of them is through a vein treatment like the ones available at Premier Surgical Vein and Vascular Center in Knoxville.
Premier has the largest team in the region of board-certified vascular surgeons and vein specialists who can access your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment option for you. For an appointment, please call Premier Vascular and Vein Center at (865) 306-5775 or visit https://www.premiervascularveincenter.com/book-online/.