Spider and varicose veins are swollen, dark and bulging veins that primarily occur just under the surface of the skin in your legs. In addition to being unsightly, spider and varicose veins can also be extremely painful when they become inflamed. Sclerotherapy should eliminate the appearance of spider and varicose veins, but they can easily come back if you do not make the right lifestyle changes. If you change these five normal habits, then you should be able to prevent or minimize spider and varicose veins the rest of your life.
Watch Your Weight
Overweight or obese people are far more likely to get spider and varicose veins because the extra body weight puts extra pressure on the veins in the legs. Spider and varicose veins start to develop when the legs are subjected to this extra pressure. Maintaining a healthy weight will allow the blood to flow easily in your legs, which will drastically lower your risk of developing spider and varicose veins.
Do Not Sit or Stand Too Long
Sitting or standing in the same position for a long time restricts blood flow in the legs. This restricted blood flow puts too much pressure on the veins in your legs, so you are at a higher risk of developing spider and varicose veins. If your job requires you to stand or sit for long periods of time, then you need to find a few times throughout the day when you can take a break and change the position of your legs.
Elevate Your Legs
Elevating your legs when you are sitting or lying down helps promote blood flow in your legs. The extra circulation is much needed after your legs are put under a lot of pressure all day at work. Putting your feet up and relaxing at home after a long day at work is a great way to help you unwind while also help prevent or minimize your chances of suffering from spider and varicose veins.
Wear the Right Clothes
Those tight jeans may make your look great, but they are doing far more harm than good. Tight clothing restricts blood flow and puts unneeded stress on the veins in your legs. In addition to tight pants, you should avoid wearing pantyhose and leggings. High heel shoes should also only be worn only when necessary. High heels put more pressure on your calf muscles than flat shoes, which ultimately restricts the blood flow in your lower legs.
Exercise Every Day
Regular exercise can help cure a wide variety of medical conditions, but it is even more helpful when trying to prevent or minimize spider and varicose veins. You do not have to perform strenuous activities every day, but you need some form of exercise in your daily routine. The physical activity experienced during exercise will increase the blood flow in your legs. Walking, jogging, biking and swimming are great exercises that help reduce your chances of developing spider and varicose veins.
If you are dealing with varicose veins, contact South Texas Vein Institute today to schedule an appointment and learn about your options.