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If you’re one of the many people living with varicose veins, you’re familiar with the ache, the fatigue, the heaviness, and the periods of sharp pain that can accompany the condition. It’s not easy to deal with – you literally suffer, and you probably don’t like the way your legs look. You may wonder, “How do varicose veins form?” In short, they form from blood swelling in the legs, which doesn’t allow it to circulate back up to the heart. This leads to inflammation, and if untreated, the condition only gets worse. According to the Mayo Clinic, while exact causes are not agreed upon, aging is a factor. When you age, veins lose elasticity, affecting the way their valves operate. Pregnant women are also at risk because of the increased blood volume in their bodies, but this usually clears up from three months to a year after delivery.

Conservative Treatments You Can Try at Home

At Clarity, we practice surgery, but we want you to have tried less invasive, more conservative treatments first. So below is a list of 5 things you can do on your own to help relieve your varicose vein condition.

  • Exercise: Sometimes it’s important to ask: what can’t a good fitness regimen do for you? The improved circulation that results from exercise helps varicose veins from forming. If you’ve never regularly exercised before, ask your doctor what a good level of activity should be for you. Even the smallest increases in activity can yield huge results.
  • Diet: Extra weight and obesity are risk factors in developing varicose veins, so watching what you eat and being careful of extra pounds is instrumental in managing the condition. Cutting salt from your diet is also important for it rids your body of water retention: another factor in varicose vein formation.
  • Clothing: You may wonder what fashion has to do with varicose veins, but certain clothing items can actually aggravate the condition. Women should avoid wearing high heels since they complicate circulation. And for both genders, tight clothing around the waist should be avoided.
  • Elevation: Another good way to help blood circulation is to elevate your legs above the level of your heart. Gravity helps get the blood flow back to the heart. Try lying on the floor, a couch, or your bed and placing your legs on top of three or four pillows.
  • Motion: Those that work on their feet and sit for long periods of time should take breaks. Walk around the block. Get your body moving. Even something as simple as shifting positions helps stimulate blood flow.

Further Treatment
While there’s no foolproof home remedy for varicose veins, these methods have been shown to help manage the condition and are effective in prevention. In many cases, altering your lifestyle will also help any potential medical procedures to be more effective.

You are not helpless to suffering from this condition, but can be an active participant in your recovery. Partnering with a good doctor and medical team is a great way to further find solutions that work. Freedom from pain and discomfort—that’s worth fighting for, don’t you think?

To learn about ways to manage varicose veins and explore possible treatment options, call a patient care coordinator at Clarity Vein & Vascular at (877) 761-6326.    

References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Varicose veins: Symptoms and causes.January 22, 2016. Accessed November 9, 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/dxc-20178128.
  2. Mayo Clinic. ‘Varicose Veins: Self-Management’. January 22, 2016. Accessed November 9, 2016 click to investigate. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/manage/ptc-20178147.

December 22nd, 2016

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