Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC
Varicose veins are deep veins in the inner leg that have bulged out so that they are visible just beneath the skin. These veins may appear thick, rope-like, and knotted. The condition, which is fairly common, can occur in many people – especially women who are pregnant or going through hormonal changes.
Essentially, varicose veins develop when valve flaps in the veins weaken. Ordinarily, these flaps allow blood to pass in one direction (up through the legs and back to the heart). When they weaken, blood can pool in the veins of the leg, inhibiting circulation and weakening the vein. The vein then bulges out.
What You Can Do to Prevent Varicose Veins
Prevention is the best kind of medicine there is. If you are at-risk for this condition, follow these guidelines to prevent varicose veins from developing. If you’ve already developed varicose veins, you may able to take some steps to keep your varicose veins from getting worse.
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Give your legs a rest and sit down or walk around. If you absolutely have to stand for thirty minutes or more, make sure you shift your weight back and forth between your legs. Try stretching your calves and raising up on the tips of your toes from time to time.
- No high heels. Also, no restrictive clothing on the waist/upper thighs, for that matter!
- Watch your weight. If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about a weight loss plan to keep varicose veins from getting worse. Losing weight relieves your legs and the damaged veins of pressure.
Ultimately, intervention is required to treat varicose veins. However, you may be able to prevent your condition from worsening with these tips. Learn more about varicose vein treatments in Phoenix, AZ.
Schedule An Appointment About Varicose Veins
Do you suffer from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) in Phoenix, AZ? Contact a Valley Vein Center location near you to learn more about the in-office treatments that may be available.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.