Tuesday, September 17, 2013

5 ways to ease venous symptoms at home

There are a number of treatments for venous disease (including varicose veins) that are outpatient procedures, minimally invasive, and virtually pain-free. But did you know that there are things you can do right now, on your own, to alleviate discomfort? These techniques may even help prevent the progression of symptoms.

Here are five ways to make your legs feel better:

1. Elevate. Elevate your legs above your heart – for as long as 30 minutes, or as briefly as three minutes – as often as possible. The best time is after you have been standing or after a hot shower.

2. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Avoid tight-fitting clothes around your legs and waist. It will help by not impeding circulation in your lower body.

3. Avoid high heels. High-heeled shoes shorten the muscles in the back of your leg and prevent deep veins from operating at their full capacity.

4. Sit properly. Focus on good posture and avoid crossing your legs  or sitting in ways that can compress veins for prolonged periods.

5. Don’t smoke. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke constricts veins and affects overall circulation.

These are just some of the things you can try if you are experiencing signs of venous disease. Also consider contacting a board certified phlebologist (vein specialist)  for a screening and evaluation, or to find out more about the risks, prevention, and treatment of venous disease.

If left untreated, vein issues today can possibly lead to larger medical problems tomorrow.

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