Are painful varicose veins common in your family? Do you feel as though there is nothing you can do to avoid leg vein problems? Well, your friends at North Jersey Laser and Vein Center are here to help! There are indeed effective steps you can take to improve your leg vein health.
- Work those leg muscles. If you sit for long periods, periodically straighten your legs and flex your feet. On breaks, take walks. This will help keep blood flowing efficiently so it’s less likely to pool and deform veins. If you stand for long periods, promote circulation by rising up on tiptoes and doing deep knee-bends from time to time. On breaks, take walks or put your feet up on a desk or chair to encourage blood to return to the heart.
- Get regular exercise. Something as simple as a daily 30- to 60-minute walk can help reduce the risk of not only varicose veins, but cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease as well.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity raises blood pressure and interferes with blood flow, which increases the strain on the valves in your veins, making spider and varicose veins more likely.
- Wear compression stockings. They exert gentle pressure on the calves, which helps leg veins function properly.
- Avoid high heels. They discourage walking and stress the calf muscles – exactly what you don’t need when you have spider or varicose veins or hope to prevent them.
- For a consultation at Laser & Vein Center of North Jersey call us at: 973.408.8346
While anyone can develop varicose veins, they aren’t inevitable. In fact, by keeping those leg muscles active and making other healthy lifestyle choices, you can increase your chances of lovely legs, no matter your age.