1) Graduated Compression Stockings
There are many types of compression stockings. Very tight stockings may require a medical prescription by your doctor while very light compression stocking over the counter may not provide any benefit at all. Thus, the first step is to be evaluated by a vein a doctor, who can assess your risk and prescribe you the proper compression stockings with the correct pressure gradient and size that fits you specifically. Compression stocking work by providing pressure to your legs which helps your calf muscles to pump the blood against gravity back to the heart. This can also alleviate many of your symptoms such as leg cramping and fatigue after standing for few minutes.
2) Take Frequent Standing or Sitting Breaks
If you sit for too long, walk for few minutes to activate your calf muscle pump. If you stand for too long, take sitting breaks to relax your calf muscles. The goal is to keep the circulation flowing and prevent blood pooling in the legs (Venous Stasis).
3) Avoid Tight Clothing and High Heel
High heels can alter the natural walking motion which causes the calf muscle to remain contracted while walking. This leads to inefficiency of the calf muscles to pump the blood back to the heart. Therefore we recommend to save high heels for special events and limit the height of the heels to maintain natural walking motion.
4) Avoid Smoking and Alcohol Use
Not only smoking affects your heart, it can also damage the walls of your arteries and veins, creating a suitable environment for poor circulation. Damage to vein walls, can damage the one-way valves inside your veins. This can lead to venous insufficiency, a medical term to describe poor blood flow.
5) Exercise Regularly and Keep a Healthy Diet
Daily exercise can significantly increase calf muscle strength and efficiency. On the other hand, excess weight adds stress on your blood circulation, making it harder for your calf muscle to return blood to the heart. Weight loss can significantly prevent recurrence of varicose veins.
6) Avoid Salt in your Diet
Consuming high salty food may begin to impair the functioning of blood vessels within 30 minutes according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Too much salt in your diet can also lead to water retention and increased high blood pressure.
7) Use an Anti-Fatigue Mat
The cushioned surface of anti-fatigue mat encourages the foot to move. These small movements force your calf muscles to alternate between contraction and relaxation. These contraction work as a natural circulation pump.
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Spider and Varicose veins are more than just an aesthetic problem. They may be a real health issue that restricts blood flow to your legs and may result in chronic venous insufficiency. It is far easier to address vein disease early in the process. Our Vein Specialist can identify the cause of the problem and reverse the progression of vein disease. Call us today to schedule a consultation with our Vein Specialist, Double-Board Certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatics Medicine, the most prestigious board certificate for vein specialists. He is also a registered phlebology (venous) sonographer. Click here to learn how to treat vein disease
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Step 1 : Complimentary Verification:
Following the submission of your information, a member of our front desk will be in touch with you to ask if your insurance will cover the appointment. Then, we’ll schedule your first visit at one of our Pain Centers that are nearby.
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