If you suffer from
in the Grayslake area, you know how uncomfortable and frustrating they can be. Regular exercise is an excellent way to improve circulation and relieve fatigue– but can it make
disappear altogether? Not exactly– but vein doctors know that the right exercises help minimize the development of new varicose veins and ease the pain of existing ones.
- Walk – This is the easiest step you can take to ease varicose vein symptoms. Simple measures like taking the stairs and going for a short walk after dinner encourage circulation and prevent blood pooling.
- Pedal – Pedaling has the added benefit of inverting legs, which helps blood flow back up to the heart. Lie on your back and place both hands at your sides or under the small of your back. Carefully raise your legs and pedal in the air, as though you are on a bike. The higher the legs, the greater the increase in circulation.
- Knee Bends – Lie on your back and gently pull one knee into your chest, holding your leg behind the lower thigh. Point and flex your toes several times, slowly and carefully, making sure the calf stays tight and tense. Repeat on opposite side.
- Leg Lifts – Lying on your back with both hands under your buttocks for support, lift your legs one at a time until they are perpendicular (or as close as you can get) with the floor. Hold until you feel blood flowing up your feet and into the calves and thighs. For a gentler leg lift, lie on the floor and rest your legs up against a wall. Rotating ankles further encourages blood circulation in your legs.
The key is to avoid strenuous exercises such as jogging or aerobics, which exacerbate
. If you are experiencing leg pain in Grayslake and would like to speak with a vein doctor about
, please contact Advanced Vein and Laser Centre today. Call 847.367.4040 or Contact Us Online
to make an appointment with a specialist at the leading vein clinic in the Grayslake area.