While varicose veins are often innocuous, they are downright unattractive, annoying, and in some cases, even painful.
The good news is there are things you can do to effectively get rid of them— and it’s not rocket science. Listed below are some simple self-care strategies that are definitely worth trying.
o Keep a healthy body weight.
Excess weight is a risk factor for varicose veins. The heavier you are, the more strain you put on your leg veins and their valves, thus making it harder for them to work against gravity and properly transport blood back to your heart.
It pays to work on maintaining a healthy weight if you want to reverse the curse of those unsightly bluish-purple veins.
o Stay active.
Incorporate light aerobic activity into your daily routine. Aerobic exercises, such as simple walking, cycling, running, and swimming keep the blood in your legs circulating properly. If your job involves sitting for long periods of time, take short, frequent breaks to get up and walk around.
o Elevate your legs.
When you can, put your legs up to or even above heart level. This reduces the pressure on your veins and encourages blood flow back to your heart.
o Use compression hosiery.
Compression socks and stockings may not sound glamorous, but they are especially beneficial for keeping your vein valves in the right position as well as for enabling your veins to function properly, thereby reducing pain, swelling, and blood pooling.
There are several levels of compression: moderate, firm, and extra firm. Consult a vein doctor to determine the most suitable option for you, based on the severity of your varicose veins.
o Get lymphatic massage.
Lymphatic massage involves the application of long, rhythmic, gentle strokes aimed at restoring the optimal function of the lymphatic system, thereby reducing the discomfort and improving the appearance of your veins.
Your vein doctor may also recommend a lymphatic massage as part of your treatment plan.
Vein Doctor in Kansas City, MO
If you live in or around Kansas City and you need specialized care for your varicose veins, visit us here at Missouri Vein Specialists. Dr. Scott Darling, our board-certified vein doctor, offers an extensive range of innovative and highly effective solutions for the entire range of vein problems, including varicose veins.
He will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the most suitable treatment option for you—whether conservative or surgical. If indeed your varicose veins warrant surgical intervention, you can trust in Dr. Darling’s expertise and commitment to delivering unmatched treatment outcomes.
To see Dr. Scott Darling, call our friendly staff at (816) 792-3400, or simply fill out this secure form.