Varicose Veins

     

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  What To Do?
   
 

EXERCISE:

  • Flex the ankles while standing

  • Walk for 1-2 minutes every 30 minutes

  • 30 minutes of daily exercise (walking, running, aerobics, swimming, biking)

 

ELEVATE YOUR LEGS:

That helps reduce pain and swelling.  It would help to place blocks under the legs at the foot of the bed during sleep.  This position however is contraindicated in some conditions such as congestive heart failure, acid reflux disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sleep apnea

 

AVOID HIGH HEELS

Wearing high heels interferes with the normal pumping action by the leg muscles that occurs when you walk, therefore interfering with venous return

 

MAINTAIN A PROPER WEIGHT

Weight loss may reduce pain caused by varicose veins and diminish the rate of developing spider veins

 

WEAR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS

  • Reduce symptoms and slow disease progression

  • Used after treatment to improve outcome and reduce complications

  • The legs should be elevated while applying the stockings

  • Stockings come in 4 classes based on the pressure they generate at the ankle. You will be prescribed the appropriate pressure and height

  • Life long compression is usually required for all patients with venous ulcers

 

Poorly fitting stockings may produce a “tourniquet effect”; thus, your legs should be measured properly, early in the day when the legs are least swollen