Varicose veins are enlarged veins that mainly occur in your legs. They usually are not a cause for alarm since, most of the time, people with varicose veins can resolve the problem with simple lifestyle changes. Most people who seek treatment do so for cosmetic purposes, but varicose veins can be a source of discomfort for others. They can cause muscle cramping and swelling in your legs and, even worse, may result in complications such as ulcers. The good news is that your doctor at El Paso Desert West Vein & Surgery Center can help get rid of the unsightly varicose veins.
How can I prevent varicose veins?
You cannot completely prevent the development of varicose veins. However, the same self-care measures you take to treat discomfort can reduce your risk for this problem. They include:
Avoid long hours in a sedentary position
Sitting or standing for long hours interferes with blood transportation to the heart, which is why office workers are more susceptible to varicose veins. Remember to take breaks whenever you are doing an activity that requires you to stand or sit for long. Walking from your desk to the washroom is enough to facilitate blood movement towards your heart. You can schedule a timer every 30 minutes for you to remember to take a break.
Your legs contain muscles that play a significant role in blood transport. The veins in your legs work against gravity since they transport blood to the heart, which is also the longest distance. The movement of blood to your heart is facilitated by the muscles, which help the veins push the blood. Leg exercises build muscle strength which may help reduce the appearance of existing varicose veins.
Lose excess weight
Not only does obesity put you at risk for varicose veins, but it also worsens the symptoms if you already have the problem. Being overweight causes extra pressure on your veins and can cause valve damage. Simple changes in your lifestyle, such as eating healthy foods and exercising every day, can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy body mass index. Consult with your fitness trainer if you are uncertain of the exercises to take.
Elevate your legs
Propping up your legs on a pillow while sitting or lying down can help blood move to your heart. You can use a footrest at your workplace to elevate your legs and an ottoman if you are home. Restrain from crossing your legs at your knee while sitting because this squeezes veins and inhibits blood flow.
Eat a high-fiber and low-salt diet
Sodium causes water retention in your body, worsening varicose veins symptoms such as swelling. If you have varicose veins, you may want to reduce your intake of sodium-rich foods, including salted nuts, pickles, bacon, condiments, and most salad dressings. As you reduce your intake of sodium-rich foods, have foods rich in potassium such as potatoes, bananas, avocado, beans, and lentils. Foods rich in potassium can help reduce swelling since they reduce water retention in your body.
If you are unhappy with the unsightly appearance of varicose veins, make a booking today with your doctor at Desert West Vein & Surgery Center for treatment.