3 Ways to Keep Varicose Veins from Getting Worse

If you have varicose veins that started off as a minor cosmetic issue, you may be asking yourself, “Why are my varicose veins getting worse?” The answer is simple. Varicose veins are a chronic, progressive disease. That means they don’t get better on their own, and they get worse over time, including the varicose veins that aren’t visible.

Ropey, twisted veins that are visible on the surface of the leg are often just the tip of the iceberg. Once your varicose veins are visible, it’s probably been years since they first started becoming a problem. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the pain and alleviate symptoms of varicose veins.

1. Exercise to slow down varicose vein symptoms

If you’re not already getting regular exercise, this may be just the motivation you need. Start with something simple, like walking or riding a bike. Leg lifts and lunges, along with anything else that strengthens your leg muscles, are great exercises to help deal with symptoms caused by varicose veins. 

Your leg muscles help your veins push blood to the heart. This helps in preventing the blood from pooling in your legs, which is what contributes to varicose veins. 

Exercise will, of course, also help you lose weight. That will help you alleviate symptoms as well, and keep your varicose veins from getting worse. 

2. Wear compression stockings or support pantyhose

Compression stockings are your best friends if you have varicose veins. Compression stockings help improve blood flow within the leg by literally compressing your legs. They’re tighter than regular socks at the ankle and gradually become looser higher up. 

The compression helps redirect blood flow back up to the heart where it can be pumped throughout the body again.

3. Take breaks from sitting or standing

If your day involves excessive sitting or standing, take breaks when you can. Consider investing in a step counter that will remind you when it’s time to get up and get moving. While it can be hard to change your routine when you’re at work, take advantage of your breaks to either sit down for a while or to take a walk around the block. 

If possible, elevate your legs. If you can’t do it while you’re at work, take time when you’re at home to stretch out and lift them above the level of your heart for at least 20 minutes. 

At East Tennessee Vein Clinic, we treat many patients who work jobs that contribute to their varicose veins. It’s a common occurrence, and our patients often see immediate results. 

The only real way to keep varicose veins from progressing

While there are things you can do to manage your symptoms and slow down the progression of your varicose veins, you can’t hold it off indefinitely. The only way to keep them from getting worse and regain your healthy legs is to treat them.

I had suffered from painful varicose veins,” said former patient M. Beatrice in a recent Facebook review. “Severe swelling in my legs and feet. Horrible stasis ulcers that covered most of the lower half of both legs. This went in for years. The wonderful people at East Tennessee Vein Clinic worked diligently to help me. Since the treatment I received there I have not had one single stasis ulcer and the swelling in my legs and feet is not even enough to inconvenience me.”

The development of leg ulcers is more often seen in senior citizens, since pressure in the superficial veins of the legs has had years to build. It’s that pressure that causes leg ulcers. Venous ulcers are extremely painful and reduce your mobility and quality of life. 

At East Tennessee Vein Clinic, we help our patients get rid of their varicose veins through quick and safe outpatient procedures.

Contact us at East Tennessee Vein Clinic to get help for your varicose veins. We treat varicose veins differently by eliminating the entire network of failed veins, not just large visibly bulging veins. You can contact us online, or call us at 865.686.0507 or toll-free at 866.281.VEIN.

“I came to Dr. Douglass with a debilitating complex vein problem, though other doctors were unable to solve. Dr. Douglass took the time to research and develop a solution that was not only successful but, has changed my life. The office staff have always helped me like a family member and work very hard to create a relaxing comfortable experience. Dr. Douglass and the East Tennessee Vein Clinic have restored my trust in medical professionals.”

- V. P., Bean Station, TN