Self-care tips for varicose veins
Gnarled, enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet.
Varicose veins are generally benign. The cause of this condition is not known.
If you have varicose veins, try to improve circulation:
• Wear compression stockings
Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach to try before other treatments. These stockings are sold at most pharmacies and medical supply stores. Using a tape measure, you or your pharmacist can measure your legs to ensure you get the right size and fit according to the size chart on the package.
Walking is a great way to get the blood circulating in your legs. Ask your doctor about an appropriate activity level for you.
• Elevate your legs
When sitting or lying down, elevate your legs above the level of your heart. Do this 10 to 15 minutes three or four times daily.
• Don’t sit or stand for long periods
Change your position frequently. During long car trips, stop
to take a brief walk every couple of hours. On flights, walk through the cabin about once every hour. Don’t sit with your legs crossed. Remember to wear your compression stockings when traveling.
• Watch what your wear
Panty-leg girdles can restrict circulation. Avoid high heels.
• Control your weight
Being overweight puts extra pressure on your veins.