last week’s post
we discussed a variety of steps you can take to help decrease the chances of developing varicose veins, below is the conclusion of that list:
5. Put Your Feet Up
Elevating your legs and feet for several minutes helps to improve circulation, especially if you’re standing for long periods of time throughout the day. You can try using an LazyBoy® chair, inversion table, or elevating the foot of your bed slightly so that your feet are higher than your head at night. Taking some of the pressure off your legs and letting gravity act on your body differently will help prevent blood from pooling in the veins.
6. Redesign Your Wardrobe
Avoid tight-fitting clothing on your legs and around your waist to help improve circulation. Also apply this rule to your feet by making sure your shoes have low heels, are comfortable and fit correctly.
7. Sit Properly
Having good posture not only makes you appear more confident, it also helps to improve circulation. Another thing to keep in mind is to not cross your legs as this restricts blood flow.
8. Avoid High-Estrogen Birth Control Pills
Long term use of high-estrogen birth control pills has been linked to an increase in the risk of varicose veins due to altering circulatory valve functioning. If you need birth control for an extended period, ask your doctor about other options.
9. Wear Compression Hose
If you are already developing varicose veins, try wearing compression hose, or support hose, regularly. Check with our Chicago vein clinic first to make sure you are getting the proper fit and compression level. You can easily find compression hose at any medical supply store or pharmacy.
The steps above are helpful in the prevention of varicose vein formation and can reduce the size and pain of existing ones. However if you are suffering with severely painful varicose vein symptoms and these methods aren’t working for you, medical treatment may be your best option. Call Advanced Vein and Laser Centre in Libertyville, IL at 847.367.4040 to speak with a qualified vein care specialist or
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for more information. The experienced and caring staff at our Chicago vein clinic will determine the treatment options best suited for your venous disease and relieve your pain quickly and efficiently.