Did you know there are ways to prevent vein disease and varicose veins from developing? Although varicose veins are not always genetic, it is important to remember that if you are at risk for developing vein disease that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, they might indicate underlying vein disease that should be examined by a vein specialist.
Burning sensation in the calf or thigh
Swelling in the feet, ankles, or legs
Dry and itchy skin around veins
Difficulty standing for long periods
Staying active is a very effective way to prevent varicose veins. Oftentimes, jobs can keep you on your feet for long periods of time, which can put pressure on your veins and potentially create blood clots. Sitting for extended periods of time also inhibits blood flow, so you should attempt to take a walk every few minutes to prevent pain and achiness. Being overweight can also apply more pressure on your legs, so attempting to lose any excess weight can allow you to avoid discomfort or painful symptoms.
Staying hydrated is another way to ensure and promote healthy blood flow in your legs. If you are already experiencing uncomfortable or painful symptoms of vein disease, soaking your legs in cool water can lower swelling and pain. Not only is drinking enough water important to maintain young legs, keeping a healthy diet can also contribute to the avoidance of varicose veins. Eating large amounts of cholesterol, sodium, or artificial sugars and fats can raise your blood pressure and have a detrimental effect on vein function.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, regularly elevating your legs can relieve pain by directing blood to your heart instead of pooling in your legs, calves, or feet. It’s also important to consider what clothing and footwear you choose to wear. Wearing heels or restrictive clothing can inhibit blood flow and lead to worsening symptoms. You can always be fashionable, but in the long term, comfort is key.
If you are concerned about developing varicose veins, taking these necessary precautions can help tremendously to avoid future pain and discomfort. If you are already experiencing symptoms and don’t find these tips alleviating your pain, you can set up an online consultation to discuss vein treatment with Dr. Vinay Madan by calling (203) 529-5521 or contacting www.centerforvaricoseveins.com.