Consider a Few Simple Tips for Managing Varicose Vein Discomfort
- Posted on: Nov 15 2017
If you are living with varicose veins, you know this condition is much more than a minor cosmetic problem. Most of the people we meet with for vein treatment complain of accompanying symptoms like burning, aching, and random cramps. As vein health worsens, so can the quality of life. Ultimately, bulging veins should be medically treated. However, there may be a few ways to improve comfort beforehand.
A regular exercise routine promotes good circulation and helps manage weight. These are two health matters that are directly relevant to varicose veins. Getting up and moving may feel counterintuitive if legs are swollen and fatigued, but the movement is vital to overall comfort and the decreased risk of future varicose vein development.
What is important to know about exercise for vein health is that, first, it is very necessary. The stronger the calf muscle and structures of the lower leg, the better blood can return to the heart. Secondly, it is important to understand that certain exercises may exacerbate discomfort associated with varicose veins. Skip the squats and lunges for now and promote vein health by walking, running, or using and elliptical or stationary bike.
Press the Issue
The problem with varicose veins is that fluid accumulates in the lower leg and ankle area. Compression therapy is a great way to assist circulation in its upward mobility. Compression garments may be worn during exercise to maximize the push the blood needs, or during working hours when you may sit more than is good for your veins. Consider graduated compression, which is stronger at the foot and progressively lighter moving up the calf.
After exercise or a long day of standing or sitting, what your legs want is rest. Instead of sitting, even in a recliner, spend some time with your legs elevated higher than your heart. Elevation immediately improves comfort for most people and may be done for up to 15 minutes, three to four times a day.
These steps can temporarily improve symptoms of varicose veins and promote better vein health. When varicose veins get in the way of comfort and quality of life, though, treatment should be sought.
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