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Preventing Varicose Veins


Varicose veins are visible twisted and swollen veins commonly found on the legs and is more prevalent among women than men. More than just a beauty concern for women, varicose veins can trigger serious health problems like leg pains, night cramps, pulmonary embolism which can lead to a stroke. 

An effective treatment for varicose veins is through surgery. There are now procedures that you can choose that are less painful, less invasive, and even result in minimal scarring. It is best to consult your doctor if you experience chronic pain in your legs because of varicose veins. To prevent the onset of varicose veins, here are some things you can do to keep them in check:

1. Exercise regularly. Walking and jogging will result to a a well-toned leg muscle that will pump out more blood than a weak one and strengthens the entire circulatory system as well.

2. Avoid standing still for long periods. Try to walk around and flex your calf muscles by rising up and down on your toes, and squeezing your feet together in your shoes. This will keep the blood circulating more properly.

 3. Avoid wearing high heels frequently. Opt for the more comfortable, low-heeled shoes for everyday wear. You can still wear high heels for special occasions when you need to look your best.

4. Wear support hose. Help your legs decrease the expansion of its vein wall by wearing stockings that apply a gentle, graduated pressure to the leg from the foot upward.

5. Take time to elevate your legs.   Help the veins on your legs pump blood back to your body easier by positioning your legs higher than your head. You can also try it while sleeping by elevating the foot of your bed. Ask your doctor for more details.