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Most women love how their legs look in high heels. They make women feel taller and more beautiful. While high heels may help you feel and look more beautiful, they may not be good for your vein health. The higher the heels, the more they negatively affect the venous blood flow.

Over 25 million Americans have  varicose vein disease. Many people and their physicians are unaware they have a problem. Symptoms of vein disease are vague: heaviness, aching, swelling, tiredness, burning, stinging, and leg cramps. Some of the visible signs are obvious: skin changes, unsightly spider veins, bulging varicose veins, and blood clots. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to painful ulcers.

Vein problems often get worse over time, it is important to engage in a healthy lifestyle and see a  phlebologist if you have any of the signs or symptoms of vein disease. 

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High Heels And Varicose Veins

The problem with high heels and varicose veins would be easier to understand if you know about venous blood flow. The veins are pipes that carry the blood. Walking activates the foot and calf muscles which pump the blood up the leg veins. Valves in the veins keep the blood flowing up the veins in one direction, overcoming gravity as they return blood to the heart. Normal walking flexes the calf muscle allowing it to contract propelling blood up the deep veins.

High heels change the natural walking motion, shifting the weight to the fore foot and toes and causes the calf muscles to remain contracted. This results in a decrease of the pumping calf muscle. This lost efficiency causes pooling of venous blood in the leg.

Top 5 suggestions if you love your high heels:

  1. Save High Heels For Special Occasions
  2. Limit The Height Of The Heel
  3. Wear Compression Hose With High Heels
  4. Do Heel Raises Or Tap Your Foot When Sitting Or Standing To Give Your Calf A Pumping Motion
  5. See A Vein Specialist If You Have Symptoms Of Vein Disease

Call Premier Vein Specialists today at 717-412-7226 to learn how you can enjoy healthy veins or if you have more questions about high heels and varicose veins.  Schedule your FREE Screening today.  

Dr. Mathai is the Director and Leading Physician of Premier Vein Specialists located in Camp Hill, Hanover, and York.  Dr. John Mathai, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. practiced heart surgery for over 3 decades before choosing to concentrate on vein treatment.