Varicose Vein Prevention
The exact cause of the occurrence of varicose veins remains unknown, but family history, age, and a few other factors are likely to contribute to this condition. While nothing much can be done about age and genetics, following a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, getting regular exercise and staying well hydrated are some of the aspects that can help prevent varicose veins.
Desert Vein & Vascular Institute (DVVI), led by vein specialists Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ha Yu, provides cutting edge solutions for varicose veins and spider veins. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive vein treatments at DVVI.
Avoid Extended Sedentary or Standing Periods
When a person sits or stands in one position for a long time, it makes it difficult for the blood to flow in the leg veins against gravity. This may cause the pressure in the veins to rise. Over time, this condition can result in pooling of the blood around the ankles, and contribute to the development of varicose veins.
Regular movement of the legs will reduce the venous pressure and improve blood flow. People with a desk job or a job that requires long hours of standing (military, police, retail, manufacturing, sales, and so on) should perform simple exercises such as peddling the feet, stretching the ankles, and bending the knees in a ‘marching-like’ manner. They should elevate the legs thrice or three times a day for 15 minutes at a time. Feet elevation above the heart breaks the gravity circle and enhances blood circulation.
Wear Compression Hosiery
Compression stockings can help to maintain the vein valves in a healthy position. This allows the veins to function well and mitigates blood pooling. People who use supportive compression hosiery are likely to experience fewer night cramps.
Compression hosiery is available in varying options ranging from mild to extra firm. The right kind of compression stockings should be selected after consulting a vein treatment expert.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Healthy lifestyle choices can help to prevent varicose veins. Overweight is one of the aggravating factors because it can put higher pressure inside the veins. A balanced diet including complex carbohydrates, an adequate amount of lean protein, and healthy fats will help.
Foods with high salt content should be avoided and foods with high fiber and potassium should be preferred. The individual should stay sufficiently hydrated because it supports healthy blood circulation.
Walking is one of the most useful exercises to prevent the onset of varicose veins and it is healthy for a myriad of other reasons as well but let’s not digress on that. Mild stretching exercises, cycling, swimming, and various outdoor sports activities can help to stay fit and minimize the risk of varicose veins.
Low heeled shoes should be chosen because these will work the calf muscles more, which is better for the leg veins. Tight garments around the waist, legs or groin should be avoided as they may restrict blood flow. Long periods of sitting or standing should be avoided.
Amazing and judicious vein treatment providers at DVVI, Dr. Sivia and Dr. Yu, receive patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and other areas across this Southern California geographical landscape.
We offer free screenings and can also provide tips to manage varicose vein symptoms.