Unfortunately, it’s impossible to totally prevent varicose veins from developing. However, there are certain risk factors associated with varicose veins. Knowing the risk factors and being proactive in reducing the risk factors in your life are two of the best things you can do for your health.
Exercising your legs and calf muscles promotes healthy veins that pump blood back up to the heart. Exercise also reduces the amount of time your legs spend sitting and standing.
#2 Lose Weight
If you’re overweight, your vascular system may be supporting more body tissue than it can handle. The resulting strain makes the veins in your legs work overtime, which could lead to varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency.
#3 Eat a High-Fiber, Low-Salt Diet
Salt is related to fluid retention, which can lead to swelling in the legs and other areas of the body. Limit your use of salt if you’re concerned about varicose veins. Also, be sure to enjoy a high-fiber diet, which can help in reducing your risk for developing varicose veins and other vascular health problems.
#4 Know How to Dress
If you’re starting to develop varicose veins, then you should avoid wearing tight clothes around the waist and upper thighs, as these garments make it even harder for your legs to carry blood back up to the heart. Choose low-heeled shoes instead of high heels, as these help tone calf muscles. If your physician has recommended compression stockings, then you should start wearing them as prescribed in order to limit swelling.
For a free varicose vein screening and consultation, call our office at 602-234-0004 to schedule your appointment.