Monday, September 30, 2013

A few more ways to ease venous symptoms at home

In our last post we discussed a number of ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort of venous disease right away. Here are four more ways to make your legs feel better and prevent the progression of symptoms.

1.  Walk. Walking causes the rhythmic contraction of calf muscles and helps promote blood flow to the heart. Walk at least 30 minutes every day – all at once, or in shorter increments. 

2.  Take a break. Take frequent walking breaks to avoid sitting or standing for periods of more than two hours.

3.  Wear compression stockings. Wearing compression stockings purchased from your pharmacy will help promote the flow of blood when you are flying, on your feet for long periods, or carrying heavy loads.

4.  Know your history. Women with a family history of vein disorders, or those who have relatives with varicose veins, should wear compression stockings during menarche and menopause, and during pregnancy – most importantly, during the first trimester.

If you are experiencing signs of venous disease, such as spider veins, or swelling or pain in the leg, considering seeking professional help. A vein specialist certified in the field of phlebology (the branch of medicine that deals with vein health and diseases) 
can evaluate your vein problems and offer a range of treatments, whether a minimally invasive procedure, or a more conservative approach.

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.