Regular physical activity can significantly reduce your odds of developing spider veins and varicose veins. But if you already have varicose veins, exercise can help you manage the symptoms and stop the condition from developing further. The team at DHR Health Vein Institute is here to help you prevent and manage spider veins and varicose veins, and there are some specific exercises that can help you achieve that.
How Exercise Helps
Weak valves can cause varicose veins. Muscle contractions act as pumps to drive blood from your legs back to the heart while valves prevent blood from flowing backwards. If these valves become weak, blood can pool in the veins, forcing them to twist or stretch, resulting in varicose veins.
Finding ways to improve blood flow and reduce weight gain can, therefore, help prevent varicose veins from developing, and physical activity is one way. Also, exercise can help alleviate symptoms such as swollen, heavy or itchy feet.
Our vascular surgeon will most likely recommend a certain amount of exercise a day. If the amount is too long for you, consider breaking it up and exercise twice or three times a day. Fortunately, these exercises are simple and can be done anywhere.
Going on regular walks every day is safe for people of all ages. It can help you lose weight, strengthen muscles, and maintain healthy blood pressure. Other benefits of walking include:
• Burn calories
• Lower blood sugar
• Eases joint pain
• Boost immune function
Leg lifts don’t need any specialized equipment. Just lay on your back and lift one leg for a few minutes, then do the same for the other leg. Most patients with varicose veins say this exercise helps stretch their muscles, improve flexibility, and boost blood circulation. You can perform the exercise while standing. Just hold on to an object and stretch your legs forward and hold the position for a few minutes.
Elevate Your Legs
Raising your feet can help alleviate achy or swollen legs caused by blood flowing backwards. So when reading your favorite book or watching a movie, just keep your legs elevated. Do this as many times as possible as it helps improve blood flow and reduces your chances of having swollen feet.
Exercising alone can only do so much. If you want dramatic results, combine physical activity with the following:
• Watch your weight
• Avoid high heels
• Avoid tight hosiery
• Eat foods rich in fiber and low in salt
• Change your standing or sitting position regularly
The surest way to manage spider veins and varicose veins is to work with an experienced vascular doctor. DHR Health Vein Institute is a great place to find one. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in McAllen.