3 Ways to Manage Varicose Vein Symptoms
While varicose vein symptoms can’t be completely relieved without going after the root of the problem, there are things you can do to manage your symptoms while you wait to begin treatment.
At East Tennessee Vein Clinic, we believe that the main risk factor for varicose veins is genetic. Well over half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too. While you can’t do much to prevent varicose veins entirely, especially if they run in your family, there are things you can do to relieve some of the most painful symptoms.
Compression stockings do more than just help your legs feel better
If you have varicose veins, you may be experiencing symptoms like swelling, fatigue, aching or itchy legs, and general leg pain. Compression stockings do exactly what they sound like they do — they put pressure on your legs from your ankles to your knee, and sometimes as far up as your thigh. They help prevent blood from pooling in your veins, which is what causes varicose veins in the first place.
To get the most out of your compression stockings, put them on first thing in the morning and wear them until you go to bed. Your doctor may recommend that you wear them at night as well.
Most insurances will require a trial of 20-30mm medical compression stockings as a prerequisite to varicose vein treatment an insurance requirement, but it also will help you manage your symptoms.
A healthy diet and exercise are key to overall vein health
Your weight can be a risk factor for varicose veins, and it’s one of the few things you can usually control. While you can’t change your genes, you can increase your activity levels and eat healthier. Obesity puts extra pressure on the veins and their valves in your legs, which makes it harder for the blood to pump blood back up to the heart. That additional stress of weight can cause the valves in your veins to fail, causing blood to flow backward and pool in your legs.
Maintaining a healthy weight will improve the overall health of your veins. Losing weight won’t repair the damage that’s already been done, unfortunately. In fact, with loss of weight many patients will find their legs feel better yet they look worse as the veins are more visible. Ultimately the solution is a treatment plan that includes our minimally invasive procedures.
Exercise is a real help when it comes to managing varicose vein symptoms. That’s because leg muscles help veins push blood to the heart! So any leg exercises that strengthen your muscles will frequently help reduce symptoms varicose veins as well.
Make a few lifestyle changes to help your varicose vein symptoms
Beyond diet and exercise, watching a few habits can help as well. Don’t be a couch potato, and try to take a break from standing for long periods of time. Both those things can make your symptoms worse, so try to take a break every 30 minutes or so to switch up your routine.
Other changes you can make to improve your symptoms include:
- Put your feet up as a way to allow blood to flow more easily back to your heart
- Avoid tight-fitting clothes
- End your day with a cold shower — cool temperatures can cause blood vessels to shrink, which can alleviate swelling
- Wear comfortable shoes
At East Tennessee Vein Clinic, we want you to feel and look your best. By wearing compression stockings, watching your weight and activity levels, and making a few changes to your lifestyle, you can manage many of the symptoms caused by varicose veins. For lasting improvement, however, schedule a consultation with us to see what treatment is best for you. You will most likely need a combination of our treatments in order to tackle every element of your varicose veins.
Don’t wait to get treated. Many of our patients have said they wish they had come to us sooner!
“[It] gave me quick relief from aching legs, swollen ankles, and nighttime cramps,” said former patient Cindy Pope in a recent Google review. “I highly recommend Dr. Douglass and his staff. They were supportive and explained the procedures being performed. I left their office with no pain and went shopping! If your leg pain prevents you from enjoying a good night’s rest and daytime activities, you deserve to feel better and not be in pain that can be relieved.”
You can read more about our patients and some of their success stories here.
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