Have you had to put your life on hold due to varicose vein pain?
If your answer is yes, you should know that you are not alone. Varicose Veins affect millions of adults, many who go untreated.
Now, if you find yourself struggling with leg pain due to varicose veins, scheduling a consultation should be your first priority. However, there are a few things you can do to help manage pain.
Elevate Your Legs
If you have a job or lifestyle that requires you to stand or sit for the majority of the day, leg elevation may help. Lay back and elevate your legs above your heart for 10-15 minutes, 2-4x per day. It is important to maintain circulation in your legs in order to reduce swelling and minimize additional varicose symptoms.
Many patients tend to avoid exercise due to vein pain. Although taking part in strenuous activity is not often advised, a low-impact routine might actually help alleviate symptoms and help with blood circulation. A few low-impact exercises include swimming, cycling and walking.
Compression stockings are a common recommendation for patients with varicose veins. The consistent pressure helps to compress the veins, which will help them to work more effectively and prevent back flow. Keep in mind that there are several variations of compression stockings available and should always be prescribed by your doctor in order to accommodate your specific needs.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Although varicose veins can affect even the healthiest of individuals, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Certain factors such as obesity and smoking will increase your risk of varicose veins, and is why eating right and exercising regularly will not only keep you healthy, but will help prevent future complications.
Leaving varicose veins untreated can potentially lead to serious health issues. Stay proactive and get in touch to schedule your consultation.